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Hospital discharge

Hospital discharge

Healthwatch is currently consulting with older people locally to find out about their experience of hospital discharge. This project follows a period of consultation with a number of partners, including Age UK, Crossroads Care, the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the...
Do you drink enough water?

Do you drink enough water?

Most of us don’t, and as we get older we get worse. Those with dementia, diabetes and kidney conditions are most at risk but we could all do with being more aware of what we drink and the pitfalls of not drinking enough. Let’s face it, water is a healthy and...
Sepsis, every second counts

Sepsis, every second counts

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection and we’ve been aware of a number of cases recently. Sepsis can be triggered by an infection in any part of the body. The most common sites of infection leading to sepsis are the lungs, urinary tract,...
Medicines

Medicines

Are you taking medication? We’ve spoken to a number of people over the last few weeks who are concerned about the medicines they’re taking. Older people are particularly vulnerable to polypharmacy – that’s defined as being prescribed four or more medications, with one...
Speak-Up against Cancer

Speak-Up against Cancer

Speak-Up against Cancer are on a mission to to get us all talking about the ‘C’ word to ensure that we are well educated on the warning signs and are accessing services at the first sign of concern. Early diagnosis makes such a difference. But so too does...
Keeping warm and well as Autumn approaches

Keeping warm and well as Autumn approaches

The August bank holiday seemed to herald the unofficial end of summer so weren’t we lucky to have such a good one this year – apparently the best since records began. We are somewhat in denial here at the Home & Company office but it’s hard not to admit...

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