Hilary Todd was astonished when doctors told her in December 2015 that she needed an urgent liver transplant. “I felt fine,” she says, “I told them, I’m not ill. I really didn’t believe it.” Yet the 53-year-old who lives in Woodton, Norfolk, had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), caused by a build-up of fat which, over time, had caused the liver to fail. Having never drunk alcohol, and being “overweight but fit from running around the playgroup I ran and from looking after my own three children,” the diagnosis “was a surprise” – all the more so when she was told that she needed “to get on the transplant list while I was still well enough to have the operation. By the time I was ready... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about Why has liver disease in Britain reached ‘almost epidemic’ proportions?
The East Midlands Ambulance Service will see an increase in the number of its vehicles to aid the service over the winter months. The service will also be investing in extra clinical staff and says it will have more than 280 new employees signed up by the end of the financial year, Leicestershire Live reports. Starting from now, until the end of December, 47 urgent care ambulances will be introduced all over the East Midlands to support newly-recruited urgent care assistants. More than 140 new ambulances will be answering emergency calls across the region before the end of March. Following the recent introduction of 68 new accident and emergency ambulances, a further 67 will come into service between December and March. Of these, 40 are replacements and 27 are additional vehicles. The changes are all part of an £8.7 million investment in EMAS’s fleet. Read More Health and hospital news It is hoped that the new capacity will help the service deal with winter pressures which … [Read more...] about More than 140 new ambulances to cover East Midlands under £8m plan
There are certain moments in one’s life that mark you forever, and here’s one I just had. It was 11.09am on Dec 12, I was knee-deep and shivering in the cold water of Whitley Bay, and a foaming breaker was about to hit me. At this point, already whimpering with North Sea cold, you go through a sort of hyperspeed Kübler-Ross progression, racing through denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance in the second or so that elapses between seeing the wave and it dousing you. The splash qualifies as a near-death experience. I probably qualify for some kind of veteran’s payout. You would think that nobody would do this willingly, but they do, and they also, for some reason, like to do this... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Horrifically cold, yet oddly vivifying: the strange British tradition of the Christmas swim
It’s considered a time of celebration, but for those of us who have lost a loved one, Christmas and New Year can feel like something to survive, rather than enjoy. The traditions that used to bring joy now act as a painful reminder of the person who is no longer here to share it with us. While we can’t rid ourselves of grief, we can process it in a way that allows us to heal and move forward. Allow yourself to feel Make time within the hustle and bustle of Christmas to express your feelings of grief. It’s so important that you feel able to talk about and cry for your lost loved one with people who will really listen without trying to ‘fix’ you. If you ignore these feelings, or replace them with distraction activities, such as comfort eating or drinking alcohol, you may prolong your feelings of grief. Mark the occasion It can feel very comforting in the early days after a loss to include your loved one in the festive celebrations. Examples can include … [Read more...] about How to deal with grief at Christmas
A single mum who was without hot water for nearly three months has been treated in hospital for pneumonia.Ellie-Jay Taylor, who has a six-year-old son, was admitted to Medway Maritime Hospital where she was also diagnosed with water on the lung and an infection.The 24-year-old has been forced to boil water for everyday chores at her flat in Twydall.After numerous complaints to landlord mhs homes, the part-time carer and her child were eventually moved to temporary accommodation.The boiler was finally fixed last Friday, but partner Alex Shaw said there was still a problem with the heating.Company mhs has apologised and said the delay was down to complex issues with the heating system.Ellie-Jay, of Eastcourt Lane, who spent four days in hospital, is seeking legal advice.She said: “I was given morphine and codeine and am still on antibiotics. I still feel very weak.”Mr Shaw, 27, said: “We shall be taking the matter further. This is no way to treat anyone, let alone a … [Read more...] about Mum left with no hot water ends up in hospital