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Southport And Ormskirk's elderly A&E admissions have nearly doubled

THE number of over 60's admitted to Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments in the North as a result of slips, trips and falls has risen by more than a ⅓ in 4 years, new data has revealed. 1 of the areas that saw the biggest increases was in Merseyside, where Southport And Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust reports that admissions have risen from 155 to 295, an increase of 90%.

The Manchester based Home Care provider Trustcare, at Trafford Housing Trust, received data from 19 northern NHS Trusts following a freedom of information request, and found that the number of admissions in the North overall, as a result of accidents rose from 22,076 in 2015 to 30,269 in 2019.

Figures from the 1st ˝ of 2020 reveal 14,422 patients arrived in A&E as a result of slips trips or falls between January and June, and just under half of all total admissions took place in winter. Mick Gallagher, Director of Independent Living, Care and Support at Trafford Housing Trust, said:- "This is a significant increase and clearly illustrates how slips, trips and falls are representing a greater threat to the over 60's, and certainly resulting in larger numbers attending A&E. The Coronavirus Pandemic has highlighted the strains that our wonderful NHS is under, so we should all be looking into methods and preventative measures and equipment to help minimise the risk and ensure fewer patients end up in Hospital."

Interventions from Trustcare's alert and response service, in 2020, resulted in more than 1,000 customers not requiring Ambulance attendance or possible Hospitalisation, creating annual estimated total savings for the Ambulance and health services of more than ₤1 million.

Local Solicitors support Hospice Will Month

6 Solicitors from across Merseyside will be showing their support for St. Joseph's Hospice throughout May 2021. McClure Solicitors in Liverpool and Southport, Brown Turner Ross, DDE Law, Harvey Howell and Formby Law are all giving up their time freely during May and redirecting 100% of all donations to the Hospice. This is incredibly valuable to the Hospice, as every donation it receives will help it to provide Hospice services free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Having a Will ensures that you decide what happens to your personal possessions. Wills can also prevent disagreements about who inherits what from your estate. Plus, if you live with a partner, but you're not married, you can ensure that they, and any children, are adequately provided for. Wills also help with tax planning and help to avoid or reduce in heritance tax. They can also provide a way for you to continue helping charities and good causes that you support during your lifetime.

Maxine Armstrong, head of fundraising at St. Joseph's Hospice, said:- "Our annual Will Month is incredibly valuable to the Hospice as every donation we receive helps us to provide compassionate end of life care free of charge to our patients and comfort and support to their loved ones. It's the perfect way of showing your support for the Hospice and getting your affairs sorted at the same time."

If you have any questions regarding Will Month, please contact us on:- 0151 932 6044 or email:- Events@Jospice.Org.UK.  To book an appointment to write or update your Will, please contact your preferred Solicitor directly. Please also contact your chosen Solicitor for their individual Covid guidelines. The contact details of all participating Solicitors are available at:- Jospice.Org.UK.

Bowl for Health in Sefton

LEARN the basics of bowls with FREE, fun and friendly group sessions. Suitable for complete beginners, with all equipment provided; anybody can join in and no previous experience required! Sessions take place:-

Crescent Bowling Club (Bootle) - FREE 6 week course starts 1.00pm to 2.00pm, Friday, 21 May 2021. To book please contact Maurice Sweetman on:- 07772363112 or email:- M.Sweetman@Outlook.Com.

Hesketh Arms Bowling Club (ChurchTown) - FREE 6 week course starts 10.00am to 12.00pm, Wednesday, 12 May 2021. To book please contact George Hitchmough on:- 07977 500131 or email:- Secretary@HesketharmsBowlingClub.Co.UK.

Sandbrook Park Bowling Club (Ainsdale) - FREE 6 week course starts 11.00am to 12.00pm, Tuesday, 25 May 2021. To book your place please contact Dave Ogden on:- 07724042217 or email:- Dave.Ogden8@BTInternet.Com.

Bowl for Health sessions are also taking place across Merseyside - visit:- for further information.

British Red Cross responds to India's Covid crisis

THE British Red Cross appeal is raising urgent funds for the crisis in India TV and Radio presenter Anita Rani has thrown her support behind the British Red Cross Global Coronavirus appeal following the on going devastating scenes in India.  In a video released by Rani, she says she feels:- "devasted and helpless" at the news footage coming out of country, as:- "people are losing loved ones at a really rapid rate."

She then urges followers to donate to the British Red Cross appeal, announcing all money raised in the next two weeks will go directly to supporting India, including providing medical supplies and crucial oxygen. Right now, the situation in India is critical. For the last 6 days, over 320,000 positive cases of Coronavirus have been recorded in India daily; a grim and deeply upsetting world record. More than 3,000 people have lost their lives every day for the last 6 days, with these numbers expected to rise dramatically.

Over 46,000 Red Cross staff and volunteers across 550 districts in India are supporting Covid19 response efforts, including:- providing oxygen, Ambulance services, 1st aid, medical care, and PPE within Indian communities. The Red Cross is also working closely with authorities to care for those who need it most, including:- the elderly, single mothers, and people with disabilities.

You can find out more about the British Red Cross Global Coronavirus appeal and donate on the charity's website.  All money raised in the next 2 weeks will go directly to the Red Cross Coronavirus response in India and will help those most at risk of contracting the deadly virus.

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