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Mum didn't tell me about her major heart surgery

... Mum didn't tell me about her major heart surgery communication, independence, heart surgery, story This week's storyteller is Clare Tanner. When your aunt mentions that your mum's having surgery and you had no idea what do you do? Clare shares her experience of her ...

Respecting my parents' wishes

... Respecting my parents' wishes story, communication, respect, heart surgery, independence This week's storyteller is Clare Tanner. Clare was taken by surprise when her aunt told her that her mum was having heart surgery. She had no idea and she told us about ...

In, out, shake it all about

... In, out, shake it all about catheter, heart surgery, prostate, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous.AKA the endless saga of life with and without a catheter. An eurgh yuk ow sort of story. This is a story that began ...

How can I coordinate my parent's care?

... to anything else your parent is being treated for. At the local level your parent may be seeing a variety of GPs at the surgery and possibly a stream of district nurses at home. So is there anyone who is actually taking a holistic view of your parent's ...

Safe exercise in later life expands horizons

... Safe exercise in later life expands horizons exercise, mobility, independence, surgery, injury, story Our friend Kevin Morgan (aka FitOldDog) tells us how his training injury and other health issues, including an abdominal aortic aneurysm, led him to leave his career ...

What can a pharmacist do for your parent?

... prescriptions free of charge on the NHS. Collecting prescriptions You parent should be able to collect their prescription from their local pharmacy or doctor's surgery. Some pharmacies will collect prescriptions from your parent's local GP surgery on their behalf in order to quickly fulfil the prescription. Your ...

In praise of district nurses

... to assess the situation and we both tried unsuccessfully and in a panic to talk to a doctor or pretty well anyone at the local surgery. It was again the district nurses who came to our rescue, telling us what we needed to do. When a doctor ...

Why regular walks are good for you and your parent

... decline by 60% whilst experts at Edinburgh University discovered that gentle exercise in retirement may stop your parent's brain from shrinking. Recovering from surgery Taking it slow seems to be a doctor's mantra after your parent has had surgery. Whether you parent was active before their surgery ...

Why treating varicose veins effectively is vital to leg health

... or venous eczema A healed leg ulcer A leg ulcer that's been present for 2 weeks or more If the person can't get to a surgery, then a visiting GP or District Nurse can make the referral is to a vascular service as a scan is essential. Transport ...

When a heart attack leads to angioplasty

... When a heart attack leads to angioplasty heart surgery, healthcare, nhs, exercise, story, This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous. An angioplasty unblocks arteries and puts a stent in place to keep the artery open. It can be a swift solution ...