Musculoskeletal Event

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Jan 172014

Do you, or any of your family or friends, suffer from conditions of the musculoskeletal system, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fractures, soft tissue injuries, spinal conditions and some autoimmune conditions?

Dorset NHS is reviewing the services for these, and is asking for the views of local people to inform them of their plans for the next 5 years.

An event will take place on Tuesday 4th February at Upton House from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, which will include a light lunch.

If you are interested, then please read the full details on the Musculoskeletal engagement event flyer and make contact via the email address or phone number.

 Posted by at 7:07 pm

Sing Your Heart out

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Jan 132014

The only useful thing to come out of the human body, in my opinion is the voice, its uses are astronomical, from conversation, speech making, story telling, even arguing or praising are only possible because we have a voice. To be able to make music with your voice is by far the sweetest sound. Forget the instrumental music of orchestra or band, their use is to augment that singing, whether it is Pavorotti, Sinatra, Callas or Blondie.

Everyone can sing, as proven by Marching Soldiers swinging along to ‘Colonel Bogey’, Football Supporters with ‘Abide with me’. No more has it been displayed than by recent Christmas Carol singers crooning along with Bing Crosby. So when you are next asked to join in and sing, do not reply “I can’t”. You can, perhaps what you require is confidence and encouragement.

All Health experts in Cardiology, Pulmonary and Psychological treatments have all praised choral singing as an aid to recovery in that it strengthens the Heart and Lung functions; I have personal experience of this as I joined the PHSG in 1966 after Heart failure.

After recovery I attended exercise classes at Broadstone Leisure Centre, and then joined The Dorset Police Male Voice Choir, I am convinced that being in the Choir has kept me going since.

You do not need to be a Medical genius to appreciate that by singing you are exercising firstly your Lungs then your blood circulation.

Choral singing has also been hailed by the British Psychological Society as “Of great benefit for mental well being”. “The Social aspect being crucial”. The bones of the report are that choral singers enjoy the camaraderie of being amongst a group.

I have experienced that Mental ‘cure’ also when I continued in the Choir after the death of our daughter. I would sing along with the melodies I had sung to her, with tears running down my cheeks but cocooned by those caring songsters. Believe me it did help.

So now for the ‘Commercial’

How about you joining this Male Voice Choir? We are recruiting at the moment and now is the time to join. About 50 of us get together at 7.30 each Tuesday evening in the Music Suite at Bournemouth School for Girls. Our Music Director is Dr Jane Oakland. We have performed widely to such diverse places as San Francisco, Cherbourg, Dublin and the Channel Islands and continue to perform about 10 concerts each year. The Choirs aim is to promote good singing, enjoy itself and to continue to raise monies for a range of charities, locally, nationally and internationally.

So far we have helped to raise over £250K.

Come along and have a listen to the retired Police and others who are ‘known to the Police’. I promise you will not be detained longer than you wish.
I hope I have wetted your appetite and invite you to contact us for more details at any of the below;

Graham Chambers, Chairman. Tel 01202 540030
E Mail
Our Secretary, Clive Leonard tel. no 01202 886595
Or myself John Learoyd PHSG Member 423
Tel No 01202 692739 E Mail

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Local Ophthalmology Services

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Jan 132014

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting local people to have their say on local ophthalmology services as part of an upcoming review.

Ophthalmology is a service provided for patients with Glaucoma, Age Related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and other causes of sight problems.

Currently, almost two million people in the UK are living with some degree of sight loss and this number is rapidly increasing.

Around one in every 25 people in Dorset have eye problems whilst around 20 per cent of people over 75 years old have poor vision. Our population is ageing and it is essential that we prepare now to meet this increasing demand.
The views of people who currently use local ophthalmology services are vital to help inform our review, ensuring we are able to continue to deliver high quality services.

Please see the attached flyer.

Please note that if you know someone who would like an audio version of the flyer – we also have these available.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31st January 2014.

With many thanks and kind regards

Frances Aviss

Engagement and Communication Lead
NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
Telephone: 07736 245 266

 Posted by at 5:49 pm