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  • Healthwatch Warrington: Enter and View Training Session – Volunteer with us!

    Healthwatch Warrington: Enter and View Training Session – Volunteer with us!

    Wednesday 21st February 2018, The Gateway, Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SR, 10:00am – 12:00pm.

    Enter and View is an engagement tool that Healthwatch uses to talk to local people about their experiences of care; through announced and unannounced visits to health and social care establishments such as hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries.

    Our Enter and View volunteers are given access to specialist training, are supported by staff, and help to provide feedback, produce reports and gather patient’s voices and experience around standards of quality of care, accessibility and inequalities to help bring about improvements.

    So book your place at our February 2018 training session (tea/coffee will be provided).

    This session will also discuss our focus on Values and our plans for visiting care settings in Warrington.

    It would be great to see you there and to have you trained as an Authorised Representative in Enter and View.

    Please note, booking is essential. To book a place, or find out more, please email:contact@healthwatchwarrington.co.uk or call 01925 246 893.


  • Healthwatch Warrington: Quarterly Focus – End of Life Care Event Held

    Healthwatch Warrington: Quarterly Focus – End of Life Care Event Held

    On Tuesday 23rd January, Healthwatch Warrington held its first Quarterly Focus Event of 2018 at The Gateway.

    Members of the public, carers, professionals, volunteers and representatives were warmly invited to join us on the day and find out more about end of life care. Guests were also encouraged to share their thoughts about and experiences of services.

    A total of 28 people attended to hear presentations the following presentations (click on the links below to see available slides);

    • Advance Care Planning (NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group);
    • Compassionate care in community services (Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust); and
    • An overview of the services and support provided by St Rocco’s Hospice (St Rocco’s Hospice).

    These talks led to lively QA sessions, with guests sharing commentary about both positive and negative care experience in Warrington.

    What did we hear?

    These discussions identified general gaps in communication, a lack of sharing information between various services, difficulties in following care plans when moving to different areas and legal queries around Lasting Powers of Attorney and Living Wills.

    Attendees said that they felt that attending the session helped them to better understand referral pathways, engagement with GPs and medical prescribing by Macmillan Nurses.

    What impact did this have?

    Guests commented that they felt “much more aware” as a result of the briefing and “will do what we can to share these messages” in the wider community.

    The Healthwatch Warrington team would like to thank everyone who could join us and offer special thanks to our guest speakers.

    We would be delighted if you could join us too at our next Quarterly Focus Event (please check our onlinecalendar for more details about upcoming events).


  • Why lack of sleep is bad for your health

    Why lack of sleep is bad for your health

    Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health?

    One in three of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.

    However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.

    Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesityheart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.

    It’s now clear that a solid night’s sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.

    How much sleep do we need?

    Most of us need around eight hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.

    As a general rule, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a chance to have a nap, it’s likely that you’re not getting enough sleep.

    A variety of factors can cause poor sleep, including health conditions such as sleep apnoea. But in most cases, it’s due to bad sleeping habits.

    Find out the common medical causes of fatigue.

    What happens if I don’t sleep?

    Everyone’s experienced the fatigue, short temper and lack of focus that often follow a poor night’s sleep.

    An occasional night without sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won’t harm your health.

    After several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious. Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You’ll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.

    Find out how to tell if you’re too tired to drive.

    If it continues, lack of sleep can affect your overall health and make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

    Here are seven ways in which a good night’s sleep can boost your health:

    1. Sleep boosts immunity

    If you seem to catch every cold and flu that’s going around, your bedtime could be to blame. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, so you’re less able to fend off bugs.

    2. Sleep can slim you

    Sleeping less may mean you put on weight! Studies have shown that people who sleep less than seven hours a day tend to gain more weight and have a higher risk of becoming obese than those who get seven hours of slumber.

    It’s believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).

    3. Sleep boosts mental wellbeing

    Given that a single sleepless night can make you irritable and moody the following day, it’s not surprising that chronic sleep debt may lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

    When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than six hours a night.

    4. Sleep prevents diabetes

    Studies have suggested that people who usually sleep less than five hours a night have an increased risk of having or developing diabetes.

    It seems that missing out on deep sleep may lead to type 2 diabetes by changing the way the body processes glucose – the high-energy carbohydrate that cells use for fuel.

    5. Sleep increases sex drive

    Men and women who don’t get enough quality sleep have lower libidosand less of an interest in sex, research shows.

    Men who suffer from sleep apnoea – a disorder in which breathing difficulties lead to interrupted sleep – also tend to have lower testosterone levels, which can lower libido.

    6. Sleep wards off heart disease

    Long-standing sleep deprivation seems to be associated with increased heart rate, an increase in blood pressure and higher levels of certain chemicals linked with inflammation, which may put extra strain on your heart.

    7. Sleep increases fertility

    Difficulty conceiving a baby has been claimed as one of the effects of sleep deprivation, in both men and women. Apparently, regular sleep disruptions can cause trouble conceiving by reducing the secretion of reproductive hormones.

    How to catch up on lost sleep

    If you don’t get enough sleep, there’s only one way to compensate – getting more sleep.

    It won’t happen with a single early night. If you’ve had months of restricted sleep, you’ll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks.

    Starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or two of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you’re tired, and allow your body to wake you in the morning (no alarm clocks allowed!).

    Expect to sleep for upwards of 10 hours a night at first. After a while, the amount of time you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level.

    Don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a short-term pick-me-up. They may boost your energy and concentration temporarily, but can disrupt your sleep patterns even further in the long term.

    Read these common energy booster myths.

    Tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

    Read about ways to beat insomnia.