This section of the website has been added as part of the Council adopted Parish Plan 2.
It is designed to raise your awareness of how you can help improve your health and that of your family or provide health related advice. It is also intended to provide helpful supporting advice to improve general well being.
Free Defibrillator Training Opportunity
Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere…… effective CPR and the use of a defibrillator within the first few minutes of someone’s heart stopping will increase their chance of survival. Now that the new Defibrillators are installed and working in Coxhoe (on the wall outside of the Village Hall), and at Quarrington Hill (on the wall outside of the Club), we have organised for two familiarisation sessions for using them. One took place in Coxhoe on 18th October. The training is open to any residents or businesses who would like to attend and help out should there ever be an incident. Join us for the next training opportunity at:
- Quarrington Hill Community Centre 6pm – 8pm – Tuesday 27th November 2018 – Front Street North, Quarrington Hill, DH6 4QD
Come & learn these lifesaving skills. Places MUST be booked prior to the dates. To book your place please contact Karen at the Parish Council by email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0191 377 3658
Defibrillator Update – Nicola’s idea now a reality
Thank you to all of the traders from Coxhoe who made donations. With funding from Cllrs. McKeon and Dunn’s Neighbourhood Budget and the Parish Council Defibrillators have now been installed at Coxhoe Village Hall and on Quarrington Hill Club.
We are particularly grateful to Coronation Press, Robinsons Estate Agents, Coates Butchers, Noah’s Ark, AWB Plumbing & Heating and Seventeen for their contributions to make this all happen. We will be doing some training and are hoping that there will be spaces for volunteer residents. We will be doing some more publicity on the training side as soon as we possible.
The idea for the defibrillators was that of Village Hall Secretary Nicola Dodsworth, following the sad loss of Gemma Robson earlier last year. The Parish Council have since been working in partnership with Coxhoe Village Hall to purchase a defibrillator for use in each of our villages. We sought support from every business owner in Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill to help fund the purchase of two community defibrillators. We needed to raise £4000 and we asked local businesses to pledge their support by 31st April 2017. Business owners were able to pledge any amount to support. The defibrillators will allow quick access in an emergency to important treatment which could save lives. We are also hoping to seek further funding to ensure that businesses receive annual training to use the defibrillators effectively. We are very grateful for all the donations made by the traders and local councillors, without these the project just could not be achieved. The one already in place at Bowburn Community Centre was used 6 times last year to save lives.
No central heating – you could be entitled to one for free!
Residents without a central heating system in their home could be eligible to receive it for free if they apply before the end of the month.
The Warm Homes Fund, which is designed to help households who find it difficult to heat their homes to the temperature needed to stay warm and healthy, is offering free central heating for homes across seven council areas, including County Durham.
To qualify, the following criteria must be met:
1 You must be the owner occupier or have a private landlord if you rent
2 Your home does not have, and never has had, a central heating system or the main method of heating your home is the use of solid fuels
AND one of the following:
- You live in a qualifying postcode area
- You are in receipt of a qualifying income-related benefit
- If, based on low income, high cost calculation, you are currently classed as in fuel poverty.
Homes with storage heaters, electric room heaters, solid fuel fires and single gas fires may qualify as these do not count as central heating systems.
Cllr Kevin Shaw, Durham County Council Cabinet member for strategic housing and assets, said: “We know some people find it difficult to heat their homes and those using outdated and inefficient systems often find themselves facing even bigger bills. We would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for this funding to apply online as getting a new central heating system can really make a difference to bills.”
The offer, which is open for new applicants until Thursday, 31 May, is being administered by Northumberland County Council.
Find out if you qualify by calling 01670 624140 or visiting Northumberland County Council’s website.
Bird flu advice
Last winter the UK experienced several outbreaks of avian influenza – better known as bird flu. This highly contagious disease affects birds including chickens, ducks and geese, and can be fatal to them, devastating farmers’ livelihoods. It is just as much of a risk to those with a few chickens in a back garden as to commercial farmers and anyone who keeps chickens, ducks or geese needs to be aware of the risk and take steps now to address it.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK keep chickens in their gardens and it is likely there are some who do in our community. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is running a campaign asking anyone who keeps birds to take action to protect them against this devastating disease, and by doing so help prevent bird flu spreading and protect the livelihoods of farmers across the country.
Defra is asking local councils to share their advice on bird flu in their respective communities – for example on noticeboards, on social media, or in newsletters.
As a first step, they have asked that we share a poster outlining actions keepers can take – available to download and print from here.
News from Coxhoe Medical Practice
Please don’t put extra pressure on your GP by asking for the following the same day: Prescriptions: – Please allow 2 working days for prescriptions when ordering.
Queries: – Please allow 2 working days for any queries to be dealt with.
Sick Notes: – if you have requested a sick note please allow 2 working days for the GP to complete.
Blood Test Results: – Please note that test results will not be available until at least 5 working days after your test (certain test results may take longer).
X-ray Results: – X-ray results will not be available until 1 to 2 weeks after your x-ray. NB: your GP should contact you with any urgent results
Support your local pharmacies. Patients may have received letters or APPs on their tablets or mobiles from Pharmacies that are based outside our area. The information you receive from these pharmacies state that we are in agreement for them to request/delivery your prescriptions. This is in-correct; we would always support our local pharmacies i.e. Coxhoe, Bowburn, West Cornforth & Kelloe. The surgery will send your prescriptions to which ever Pharmacy you choose, but please be aware who you are signing up with as some of these Pharmacies are based in the South.
Great Care Health Records.At the moment, every health care organisation holds a different set of records about you. Information in different records may be duplicated or incomplete. Your Great North Care Record is the development of access for health professionals to view your electronic medical records that will over time include a range of healthcare information to help improve the care you receive in the North East. Please pick up a leaflet when you are next in the surgery or log on to the surgery website www.coxhoemedicalpractice.co.uk for further information. those patients who have already opted out of sharing health records will not be affected. Any patients who have not already opted -out of sharing records, can still opt-out if they wish to. Call into the surgery to complete a form.
Thank you for your patience. It is extremely busy at the moment and appointments can be difficult to book, especially with a GP of your choice. Reception staff can only offer what we have available. The surgery is trying to recruit, but there is a shortage of Doctors that wish to work in GP practices. We are trying our best to meet demand and appreciate your patience.
Wellbeing for Life – Bowel Cancer Screening: Have you received your kit?
The County Durham Wellbeing for Life service is working in the local community to promote bowel cancer screening and encourage men and women to take part.Wellbeing for Life are working in partnership with local GP surgeries and community venues to give men and women in County Durham the opportunity to find out more about bowel cancer screening.
1 in 14 men and 1 in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime. There were 41,300 new cases of bowel cancer in the UK in 2014.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme invites all men and women aged between 60 and 74 for screening every 2 years. You need to be registered with a GP to receive the screening kit. If you are older than 74, you can still have screening every 2 years but you won’t automatically be invited. To receive a screening kit after the age of 74, phone 0800 707 60 60.
People younger than 60 aren’t eligible for the bowel cancer screening test, but can have bowel scope screening. It is important to know your body and get checked out if anything changes that is not normal for you. If you have symptoms, are worried about a family history of bowel cancer, or worried about your bowel health in any way, speak to your GP.
Vicki Moffat, Wellbeing Coordinator said ‘The bowel cancer screening kit is a home test kit and checks for the presence of blood in a poo sample. It has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%. You carry out the test in the privacy of your own home and a full set of instructions come with the kit. It may sound a bit unpleasant to do, but it could save your life.’
Bowel cancer screening aims to find cancers early. Very early bowel cancers are usually easier to treat, may need less treatment, and are more likely to be cured It is important to take part in your bowel screening whenever you receive the kit.
For further information, please contact Vicki Moffat, Wellbeing for Life Coordinator (East Durham Hub) on 0191 5274150
For further information check out the following links
Durham Carer Support looking to help Carers
Do you look after someone who may be unwell or disabled?
If the answer is yes, you could be a Carer.
You might be helping someone with their personal care or be offering them practical and emotional support or just ensuring that they are safe and coping. As a result you might feel isolated, overwhelmed and undervalued. Durham Carer Support can offer specialist advice and information, practical help with completing forms, gaining benefits, grants and other funding. We can also help Carers that are in need of a break.
Tel : 0300 005 121 23 Text : 07860 017 632
Are you confused by the pension changes? Do you need free and impartial guidance?
Pension Wise helps you make informed decisions about your future and what’s best for you and your family. The Citizens Advice Bureau offer appointments at various locations across County Durham.
For further information email email@example.com or telephone 01325 249 833.
New community support services available but they need your help!
Do you know someone who would benefit from some extra support at home or in the community? The Health Buddy project offers support from trained volunteer befrienders.
The Health Buddy scheme offers flexible, short term support to people over 50 years of age who live in Coxhoe, Trimdon, Fishburn and Sedgefield. This could be supporting individuals with their shopping, attending social activities and medical appointments, or simply taking the time to listen over a cup of tea. The Scheme can also assist individuals in accessing other services in their local area to ensure continued support.
The project needs volunteers. Are you patient, reliable and a good communicator? Do you know your local community?
The project would like voluntary befrienders to develop trusting relationships with vulnerable and older people. Full training is provided.
If you want to know more about the service, or want to volunteer, get in touch today.
Pioneering Care Centre,
Smoking cessation sessions available at Village Hall
In conjunction with Coxhoe Village Hall and Coxhoe Parish Council the NHS Specialist Stop Smoking Service is here to offer you advice and support with your quit attempt.NHS Specialist Stop Smoking Sessions.
You’re up to four times more likely to stop smoking with the help of face-to-face support and the use of stop smoking medicines. The sessions are local and easy to access taking place at Coxhoe Village Hall on Wednesday morning between 10.30am and 11.30am. You’ll get personalised support from someone who understands your journey.
Your carbon monoxide levels are tested so you can see your progress. Sessions will continue from Wednesday 18th March 2015. No appointment necessary, just drop-in and see us.
For more information, freephone: 0800 011 3405.
One Point – Services for Children, Young People and Families
Working together, staff from the NHS and Durham County Council have created a unique service to provide a “one stop shop” for support, advice, guid-ance and a range of activities for children, young people and their families. This includes support from early pregnancy to the age of 19 years and for some children and young people who have a disability, up to the age of 25 years. This service is called One Point and makes it easier for children, young people and their families to access:
- Health Visiting
- School Nursing
- Educational Welfare
- Behaviour Support
- Educational; Psychology
- Personal Advice (formally Connexions)
- Youth Work
- Family Support
- Personal Support
This area is supported by the Durham Hub, telephone 03000 261115 and spokes at Brandon and Laurel Avenue Children’s Centres.
If you wish to find out more about One Point please contact them on 03000 261111 or visit: www.durham.gov.uk/onepoint
NHS 111 is a new free to call number which makes it easier for you to access local health services. If you need urgent health care or out of hours care, you should call NHS 111 before you go to any otherr service. By calling NHS 111 you will be directed straightaway to the local service that can help you best.
When you call you will be connected to a fully trained advisor. They will ask you a series of questions to assist in directing you to the right service, first time. If it is felt to be an emergency needing an ambulance one will be sent immediately without the need for further assessment.
Help others – Give blood
The next Blood Donor session is as follows:
- Friday 31st July 2015 – 13:45 to 16:00 & 16:45 to 19:00
Bowburn Community Centre
Please call 0300 1232323 to make an appointment for this session.
Dealing with Norovirus
The Health service has been providing information about dealing with the noro virus or winter vomiting illness. As reposrts of the illness has started to increase the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is urging people with vomitting or diarrhoea to stay away from work or scholl until the y have been free of symptoms for 48 hours to help limit the spread of the illness.
They are recommending that people with the illness do not visit your GP surgery or local A and E unit. Norovirus is a ‘self limiting’ illness and you will revover without treatment. It is important, however, to take in plenty of liquids to replace lost fluids.
If you symptoms persist ask for a telephone consultation with your family doctor or alternatively dial 111 if you live in County Durham and Darlington.
Get back to health
“Cardi-Back”, the unique, funded programme for 40-74 year olds with a history of lower back pain, is now running in Coxhoe, Willington, Peterlee and Shildon. If you would like to apply for Cardi-Back then please contact the Cardi-Back team on 01913729821 for more information.
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