AWARENESS DAYS AND FEEDBACK
YOUR PPG would like thank you for taking the time to come to another of our Open Evenings. It was lovely to see so many of you there and indeed to meet and chat with you.
If you missed it for any reason, don't worry, there will be others in the future and if you click on the link below you can see the notes of what was shared and discussed that evening.
Our latest Awareness Evening was held on 25th September. The Service Manager/CNS and a physiotherapist from the Continence Service of Dudley Health Authority discussed symptoms of a weak pelvic floor in women with an overview of self help and the treatments that are available.
Causes of a weak pelvic floor are: not keeping them active, being pregnant/having babies, heavy lifting, coughing that goes on for a long time (particularly smokers or those who suffer from bronchitis or asthma), being overweight, age or constipation.
Pelvic floor exercises that help relieve the problem as can Pilates. Some suggested exercises are:
10xfirm short squeezes; 10 x 10 second squeezes. Do this for 4/6 times per day for at least 3 months and then 2 per day for maintenance. These will be particularly helpful not only if you have a problem but also pre and post natal and pre and post operative.
Further help and advice can be sought from the Continence Team, Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre on 01384 321517.
We held a very successful Dementia Awareness Evening in March 2018 and below are links to information shared during the evening. There is information about Support Programmes, and the Services Dudley provides. Do take a look - there are various dates for meetings to help carers and those living with Dementia.
All the information is included in one pdf document below
Carers Support Information Programme Dudley (4 files merged).pdf
2017 September -Awareness Evening.docx
On Tuesday 4th October 2016 the PPG hosted another Health Awareness Evening entitled "Men and their Plumbing Problems" and both men and partners/spouses attended and listened to our two excellent speakers Nurses Angela Nichols and Gill Davey.
Below is a link to read about Prostate Cancer and other problems men may encounter in the 'plumbing' department. If you are in any doubt about any symptoms you have, please see your GP.
Mens’ Plumbing Problems (Article) October 2016.pdf
44 people attended our Health Awareness Day
on Wednesday 15th June.
The Benefits of exercise for both our physical and mental well being.
Helping us all to understand how important this is was Balraj Johal who has a degree in Sports Medicine.
Balraj came with information about all the exercise facilities in the Dudley area, so there will be no excuse not to make a start!! Please visit our new page 'Where to Get Fit in Dudley' which gives details of all that is available in the Borough with contact details. The Take Home Messages from the session and the Feedback are contained in the documents below.
Evaluation Summary Exercise Session 15th June 2016.doc
Take Home Messages on Exercise.doc
Thank you again to all 44 of you who attended - enjoy getting fitter and keeping fit!
We had 40 people attend our HEARTSTART CPR course on Wednesday 16th March 2016. This was organised by the PPG in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation Course, and was delivered by the Black Country section of the charity Fastaid. The tuition included the following:
- dealing with an unconscious person
- signs and symptoms of a heart attack
- recognising a cardiac arrest and performing CPR
- dealing with choking
- dealing with serious bleeding
The picture below shows some of the people who attended the CPR Course, practising their skills.
The feedback from those who attended was very positive. The majority of people felt they had learnt a great deal and 19 people felt they would definitely attempt resusitation on the way home if required to do so. A further 17 people said they probably would. Everyone thought the facilities and refreshments were satisfactory and without exception everyone said they would recommend the course to others. Another success!
Our second Awareness Evening on Tuesday 23rd February 2016- we were delighted to see so many of you there, to share information with you and get to know you and for you to have the opportunity to get to know us as well.
Our Mental Health Awareness Day took place in November 2015 - the Take Home Messages are detailed below, just click on the link. They may be a useful reminder about what was discussed and for those of you who were unable to attend, they make interesting and useful reading.
Take Home Messages from Mental Health for Everyone Day 25.doc