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  • Warrington Voluntary Action and Warrington Borough Council: Vol Fest 2018 Event


    Warrington Voluntary Action and Warrington Borough Council: Vol Fest 2018 Event


    Saturday 2nd June 2018, Warrington Town Hall, Sankey Way, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1UH, 12:30pm – 3:30pm.

    Warrington Voluntary Action (WVA) in partnership with Warrington Borough Council is hosting a free, drop-in volunteer recruitment event.

    The event is open to everyone and over 30 local organisations will be showcasing their volunteering opportunities.

    There will also be activities take part in on the front lawn, including; slacklining, ultimate Frisbee, arts and crafts and much more.

    You can find out more by visiting:

  • Healthwatch Warrington: Dinner and Discuss – Medicines Management Event

    Healthwatch Warrington: Dinner and Discuss – Medicines Management Event

    Tuesday 24th April 2018, The Gateway, 85-101 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SR, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

    Dinner and Discuss is a series of evening sessions to discuss health and social care over a friendly meal. The topic this month is Medicines Management.

    We would like to invite patients, carers and anyone with an experience they would like to share, to come and talk about medicines management, electronic prescribing and repeat ordering.

    Date: Tuesday 24th April 2018

    Venue: The Gateway, 85-101 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SR

    Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    Speakers joining us to discuss this topic from NHS Warrington CCG will include members of the Medicines Management Team. Refreshments will be provided.

    Please note, booking is essential. To book a place please call 01925 246 893, or

    Please download and share a copy of the event poster by clicking here!

  • 12 Foods That Increase Magnesium And Prevent High Blood Pressure

    12 Foods That Increase Magnesium And Prevent High Blood Pressure, Blood Clots, And Muscle Fatigue

    The majority of us know the importance of getting enough calcium, vitamin c and protein through our diet, but we tend to forget other crucial vitamins and minerals.

    Thankfully, magnesium is becoming more and more well-known and appreciated in the medical and nutrition communities.

    However, it’s still one of the most common nutritional deficiencies, affecting up to 80% of the American population, and that’s something to be very concerned about.

    What is Magnesium Deficiency?

    Magnesium is a mineral that is present in relatively large amounts in the body. Researchers estimate that the average person’s body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, and about half of that is in the bones. 1% of it is in your blood.

    Magnesium is important in more than 300 chemical reactions that keep the body working properly. (source)

    Magnesium is responsible for:

    • Proper transportation of calcium, silica, vitamin D, vitamin K, and obviously magnesium.
      • Activating muscles and nerves
      • Creating energy in the body
      • Detoxification
      • Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
      • Serves as building blocks for RNA and DNA synthesis
      • Acting as a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin

    Early signs of magnesium deficiency include (1):

      • Loss of appetite
      • Nausea
      • Vomiting
      • Fatigue and weakness
      • Numbness
      • Tingling
      • Muscle contractions and cramps
      • Seizures
      • Personality changes
      • Abnormal heart rhythms
      • Coronary spasms
      • High blood pressure
      • Blood clots

    What Causes Magnesium Deficiency

    Modern farming techniques deplete mineral and vitamins from the soil in which your food is grown. This is especially true for fields treated with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides.

    magnesium depletion in soil

    This means that foods grown on these depleted soils do not contain a lot of magnesium.

    Certain medical conditions can also make it more difficult for your body to absorb this mineral.

    Risk factors for magnesium deficiency include (2):

    • Kidney disease
      • Crohn’s disease or other conditions that affect digestion
      • Parathyroid problems
      • Taking antibiotics or drugs for diabetes and cancer
      • Old age
      • Abusing alcohol

    How To Get More Magnesium

    Many people take magnesium supplements, but they don’t always take the right kind.

    Small studies have found that magnesium in the aspartate, citrate, lactate, and chloride forms is absorbed more completely and is more bioavailable than magnesium oxide and magnesium sulfate (1).

    They should also contain calcium, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 to be absorbed properly.

    Regular Epsom salt baths or foot baths are also a great way get more magnesium since it can be absorbed through your skin. You can also apply magnesium oil on your body if you dislike baths.

    First and foremost, the best way to up your magnesium levels is to change your diet to include more magnesium-rich foods.

    Top 12 Foods High In Magnesium

    1. Cashew Nuts – 1 ounce is equivalent to 20% of your daily value (3).
    2. Almond – 1 ounce supplies 19% of your daily value (4).
    3. Avocados – 1 fruit is equivalent to 15% of your daily value (5).
    4. Bananas– 1 medium fruit supplies 8% of your daily value (6).
    5. Lentils – 1 cup of cooked lentils is equivalent to 18% of your daily value (7).
    6. Chocolate – 1 bar gives you 58% of your daily value (8).
    7. Figs – 1 cup of dried figs is equivalent to 25% of your daily value (9).
    8. Okra – 1 cup of boiled okra gives you 14% of your daily value (10).
    9. Seeds – 1 ounce whole, roasted pumpkin or squash supplies 19% of your daily value (11).
    10. Squash – 1 cup is equivalent to 11% of your daily value (12).
    11. Rice– 1 cup of long grain brown rice supplies 21% of your daily value (13).
    12. Spinach – 1 cup of cooked spinach gives you 39% of your daily value (14)

    Source: dailyhealthpost

  • 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 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).