A new centre specialising in dealing with traumatic head injuries has opened in the Scottish Borders.
Heads Together, which is specifically for those with brain injuries, has moved from their former premises in Galashiels to their new centre in Hawick.
The charity helps people who've suffered from the likes of a stroke or an industrial accident, by providing company and support for those struggling with every day tasks.
The Chairman of Heads Together, Steve Turnbull, was diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago and has suffered several strokes since.
He helped to set up Heads Together three years ago.
"It's been hard I mean I nearly gave in. I don't think I would be alive now if it wasn't for the charity I really don't. It's kept us going, it's given us a focus and I've moved on.
"To start with, everyone goes through a feeling sorry for yourself stage and I did that and I decided I was wanting to fight back."
One man who says the centre has been a lifeline for him is Joe Devlin, who sustained a brain injury from a quad bike accident.
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No operations are expected to be cancelled at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary or the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven but NHS bosses are warning some appointments may be affected.
In South Cumbria, the NHS trust says it's already contacted patients who will be affected.
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Kate Walby went to find out how the Happy Mums Foundation, which provides a support group for mothers who have, or are worried about, maternal mental health conditions, are getting on.
They've been meeting Carlisle MP John Stevenson:
Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.
Support is available, locally, to help and guide new mothers and their families through the stress of pregnancy.
- Happy Mums Foundation - a relatively new support group, based in Carlisle
- Everyone's Business - this is the Maternal Mental Health Alliance's campaign to ensure all women who experience perinatal mental health issues get the support they need
- Maternal Mental Health Scotland - provides support and information for women in Scotland
- Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - information about NHS mental health services in the region
- NHS information about postnatal depression.
Postnatal depression is more common than many people realise, affecting around one in 10 women after they have given birth.
The NHS says postnatal depresson tends to develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, often becoming more apparent after around six months.
Teenage mothers are at higher risk of developing postnatal depression.
The condition can go unnoticed, with many women unaware of having it.
Symptoms can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.
More information can be found on the NHS website.
Patients at a Cumbrian hospital are now able to enjoy a new and improved garden to aid them in their recovery.
The garden at Wigton Community Hospital was given a major overhaul so it can be used as a therapeutic area for patients and enjoyed by visitors, staff and gardening groups.
Landscaping works cost £10,000 with the funding raised through donations from patients and a contribution from the hospital’s League of Friends.
Volunteers from the Allerby Garden Project and students from Nelson Thomlinson School have also been providing support by helping clearing the garden before contractors began the landscaping and digging out, planting beds and completing woodworking projects.
"The garden has different surfaces, textures, steps and ramps so patients will experience more rounded therapy sessions to help their recovery.
“We are also hoping it will become a free to nibble area, where staff and visitors are encouraged to help themselves to produce as it ripens and also to provide education about healthy diets. We are keen that the space reflects people’s previous experience of gardening and rural life and the garden can evolve through patient suggestions.”
People in the Scottish Borders are being asked for their views to help shape the future of health and social care in the area.
Scottish Borders Council is hosting a series of drop-in events so Borderers can take a look at and discuss the council's ‘A conversation with You’ document.
The views and feedback people give at these sessions will then see the document developed into a first draft which will be issued for further public consultation between July and September.
Drop-in sessions are being held at between 6:30pm and 8pm at the following locations:
- Wednesday 20 May – Community Centre, Eyemouth - Thursday 21 May – Heart of Hawick - Monday 25 May – Argus Centre, Selkirk - Tuesday 26 May – Council Chamber, Duns - Thursday 28 May – Burgh Hall, Peebles
“It is crucial that we get the views of as many people as possible to help develop the next draft of our Strategic Plan which will set out our vision for how Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and NHS Borders will deliver adult health and social care services.
“The first draft which is currently available is really just to help us start the conversation with residents – hence why it is called ‘A conversation with You’.
“At this stage, it simply provides an overview of the services we are integrating as well as our proposed vision, aims and objectives for the partnership. We need input from the public before we can go into further detail and this is why attendance at these events is really important.
“There is no need to book a place, just come along and have your say.”
Patients across the Scottish Borders are being urged to return stocks of unused medication after new figures revealed more than £600,000 is wasted each year in the region on unwanted medicines.
NHS Borders is using Medicines Waste Awareness Week (11-15 May) to say to people: "Don't be a Borders hoarder."
Over the course of the week the public are being asked to check their cupboards for stocks of unused or unwanted medicines and return them to their local pharmacy where they can be disposed of safely.
“Many people do not complete a course of medicine, or frequently tick all the boxes on repeat prescriptions, even if those medicines are no longer required. The medicines are then just tidied away into a cupboard and forgotten about. Not only is this a waste of money, but it could also be dangerous if the medicines get into the wrong hands.
“During Medicines Waste Awareness Week we are asking everyone to look inside your cupboards and to return all unwanted and unused medicines to your community pharmacy, where they will be safely disposed off. Elderly people and those with multiple long term conditions may have large stocks of medicines they don’t need, so please encourage your family and friends to do the same, and offer to help elderly relatives or people you care for.
“While you’re at the pharmacy, let the pharmacist take a look at your list of prescribed medicines. They will be able to give you advice on whether you would benefit from a medicines review."
NHS Borders estimates that at least £600,000 is wasted every year on unused medicine. To put it into context that could pay for:
- 20 additional nurses per year – GP practice nurses or hospital nurses (which would staff a 15 bedded ward)
- 250 additional children's operations each year
- 300 additional births per year
- 35 additional domestics each year to keep our hospitals clean
- 10,000 additional physio appointments each year
- 4,000 additional outpatient appointments each year