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Air Ambulance to Fund Pre-Hospital Emergency Training Programme

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Health News | Air Ambulance to Fund Pre-Hospital Emergency Training Programme | Andover & VillagesHampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), in partnership with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), has committed to fund the first four years of a Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) training programme for Doctors in the Wessex Deanery, which includes Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The programme is designed to provide a steady and resilient supply of Pre-Hospital Emergency Specialist Doctors to fly as part of the charity’s Air Ambulance crew, during both day and night operations.

The critical care team of PHEM Doctor and Paramedic working on the Air Ambulance together enables patients with life-threatening injuries or illness to get advanced medical treatment immediately on scene.

“Working alongside our Paramedics, our PHEM Doctors are able to carry out procedures ranging from open heart surgery to amputation, providing a further depth of medical knowledge and the ability to carry out additional medical procedures before the patient reaches hospital.”, commented HIOWAA CEO Alex Lochrane

Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive of UHS, said: “We have formed a fantastic relationship with HIOWAA over a number of years and we are delighted to partner with them again on this excellent development for clinicians and patients across the south of England.

“This news follows recent announcements of a significant increase in survival for patients who have suffered major trauma in the region. Alongside other innovations such as a pioneering masters degree in trauma sciences, these are really exciting times for emergency medicine.”

Since the start of flying operations just ten years ago, HIOWAA has been steadily expanding its service to the community. The launch of night HEMS operations, the carrying of blood on board all flights and the introduction of doctor-led crewing are just some of the milestones that the charity has reached during this time. HIOWAA’s recent pledge to fund a PHEM training programme for Doctors will ensure that the charity continues to remain at the cutting edge of pre-hospital care.

‘We pride ourselves on the fact that our crews are able to deliver the same level of world-class care that you would expect in the emergency department of a hospital’, continued HIOWAA CEO Alex Lochrane, “Our PHEM training programme for Doctors is an investment in the future and our commitment to continue to provide the highest standard of patient care to those in their hour of need.”

‘It’s Good to Talk’ Says Macmillan Cancer Support

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Andover Health News | ‘It’s Good to Talk’ Says Macmillan Cancer Support | Andover & VillagesThis Cancer Talk Week (16-22 January), Macmillan Cancer Support wants to encourage more people in Hampshire to open up about their concerns, saying ‘it’s ok to talk about cancer.’

Macmillan Cancer Support and YouGov research has shown that 1 in 3 people diagnosed with cancer have felt lonely or isolated recently, but worryingly 88% (1) wouldn’t want to make their feelings ‘someone else’s problem’. The research also revealed that January is typically the toughest month for people with cancer.

Lee Hodgson, Head of services for Macmillan Cancer Support in the South West said; ‘It’s a real concern that so many people feel like they can’t talk about their illness or the effect it’s having on them. Dealing with cancer is hard enough, without feeling as though you have to face it alone.’

Andrea Lodge, centre manager at the Macmillan Information and Support Centre in Southampton is supporting the charity’s call to get people talking for Cancer Talk Week. She said; ‘Talking about your cancer may feel difficult at times. You may think it’s not worthwhile or you may worry about making someone feel uncomfortable. But putting your fears or concerns into words can help you, and others, make sense of difficult situations and feel more in control. ‘Some people don’t want to share their feelings about cancer or its treatment and that is fine too. Be open with your friends and family about when it’s hard to talk. You may also want to enjoy times when you don’t talk about the cancer. Don’t be afraid to tell people when you would prefer to talk about other things. ‘The key thing to remember is that sharing your concerns about cancer doesn’t make you a burden; a problem shared can be a problem halved. If you’re unable to or would prefer not to talk to friends and family, there are lots of options which mean you don’t have to face cancer alone.’ More than four in ten (45%) of people with cancer say the emotional effects of cancer are the most difficult to cope with, compared to the physical and practical aspects (2). A visit to a cancer information and support centre provides the chance to ask questions and talk through concerns with specialist staff and trained volunteers, access information booklets and leaflets, and they can also signpost to other local services and support groups.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is open to anyone affected by cancer - 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday - and is situated on level B at Southampton General Hospital.

Macmillan’s Head of Services in the South West Lee Hodgson continued; ‘It’s really common for people to feel anxious – right from the point of diagnosis to after treatment has finished. That’s why this Cancer Talk Week we want more people in Hampshire to know that whatever you need – be it reliable information, medical care, help with money worries, emotional support or just a chat with someone who’s been there – Macmillan can help. Our support line, information and support centres, health professionals and Online Community are there so you don’t have to make your way alone.’

No one in Hampshire should face cancer alone. For support, information or if you have any questions, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit

Are We Overworking Our Children?

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Local Health News | Are We Overworking Our Children? | Andover & VillagesShattered kids are ‘working’ for over 46 hours a week, according to a new survey.

The shock research shows that parents are over-timetabling their children with extra-curricular activities in addition to their school commitments.

This means exhausted children are actually working harder than the average parent who only completes a 37.5 hour week at work.

The average child already completes 30 hours and 50 minutes a week at school Monday to Friday, as well as seven hours and 51 minutes of clubs and homework each week.

Actively reading with parents daily accounts for a further five hours and 49 minutes a week.

And finally, the Center Parcs study of 2,000 parents found the average child also helps with housework for up to an hour and 37 minutes each week.

Colin Whaley, Marketing Director from Center Parcs said: “We commissioned this report to further understand family life and what challenges parents and children are facing and overcoming, so we can always ensure we’re offering what they need.

“What has undoubtedly come out of this is the need for families – parents and children alike – to take time out to relax.

“We are passionate about creating the best environment for families to experience this, and insights such as these are invaluable for us to create the best short break possible.”

In response to the findings, Center Parcs has commissioned Channel 4 child psychologist Dr Sam Wass to develop a Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Free Time – which equates to three hours and 51 minutes every day.

The RDA, which was inspired by the government guidelines we use for fruit and vegetables, is based on three hours on a week day and six hours a day at the weekend, calculated using time needed for a variety of free-time activities which will allow children to use their imagination and develop their creative thinking.

Dr Sam Wass said: “Many parents are desperate to do the right thing for their children – we shuttle them back and forth from school, to football, to an after-school club, and then get them home and sit and ensure they do their homework.

“But in fact, research suggests that it’s much more beneficial for children if their time is not always so structured. It’s the down-time, when there is not such much going on and the child has to entertain themselves, when they do their best learning.

There is a huge amount of research that suggests that this child-led, unstructured free play is vital for stimulating imagination and creativity, as well as helping the child to become more self-sufficient.”

The poll reveals 54 per cent of parents feel it is important to encourage children to participate in as many clubs as possible to give them the opportunity to excel at what they like.

A further 44 per cent think it is important to further their children’s learning, while 53 per cent say clubs give their kids essential social skills.

A quarter of parents questioned simply like their children to be busy – and as such the average child will have experienced swimming lessons, football, gymnastics and either brownies or cubs.

Researchers for Center Parcs also polled 1,000 children aged six to 11, to find out their views on how much they have to do in a day – it shows 44 per cent of kids reckon they do more in a day than their own parents.

And a quarter of kids questioned admitted they only take part in after school activities because their parents tell them to.

In particular, children most dislike swimming lessons, followed by football and foreign language lessons.

Colin Whaley, Marketing Director for Center Parcs continues: “This report shows that parents are really going above and beyond to do what they think is best for their child. As a parent myself, I was initially taken aback by the suggested recommended daily allowance, but it gave me food for thought about whether or not my own children currently achieve it.

“Clubs and sport play an important role for their development and life skills but creating a balance with some more simple time out together is clearly very important.”





30 hours 50 minutes

Clubs & Homework

7 hours 51 minutes


5 hours 49 minutes


1 hour 37 minutes

TOTAL 46 hours 7 minutes