25.05.22 – Queens Platinum Jubilee, Herbert Protocol, Diabetes Prevention Week
Written by Hitmix Local News on 25 May 2022
People are being encouraged to get vaccinated and enjoy a safe Platinum Jubilee.
A special extended bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, will provide an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Many residents will be keen to mark the occasion with friends and family but are encouraged to be careful and considerate when making plans.
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Paul Northcott, urged particular caution to those planning to attend a Jubilee event with people at higher risk from Covid-19: “We are all looking forward to the extended bank holiday weekend, but it is important to remember that Covid-19 is still with us, so we must continue to do everything we can to keep elderly and vulnerable relatives safe, especially when attending any of the celebration events taking place across the county.
You can find details of walk-in clinics at: www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab
More information on the vaccine can be found at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine.
There will be many events over the Jubilee weekend including a market and outdoor cinema in Newcastle Town Centre, A fun day on the playing field off the Drive at Alsagers Bank, A taste of history at the Dudson Centre, A medieval themed event at Brampton museum, A fun Day at Newcastle Town FC including the burial of a time capsule, a Jubilee Summer Fete at ‘beechwood’ in may place and a Victorian Street Party at the Gladstone museum. We will keep you updated about as many local events as possible and details will be included on The Hitmix website, so that you can enjoy the Queens Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Following on from Dementia Awareness Week, Staffordshire Police are raising awareness of the Herbert Protocol which is a national scheme encouraging carers, family or friends to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person with dementia going missing.
It consists of a form that can be filled in with vital information about the person at risk. In the event of a person with dementia getting lost, this information will be ready and can then be quickly passed to Staffordshire police to help locate the person, taking additional stress out of an already stressful situation.
More than 4,000 people have benefitted from a Staffordshire-wide programme to combat the risk of type-2 diabetes.
Now, during Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, more people are being encouraged to visit the Diabetes UK website, check their risk and take steps to minimise it.
Those deemed most at risk could be eligible for a free place on the ‘Healthier You’ NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, and are encouraged to speak to their GP about their options.
One person who has benefitted recently from the programme is Bryan Samuels, 54 from Burton. He said: “I had a referral from the hospital because my blood sugar was high and on the borderline of type 2 diabetes. This was the wake-up call I needed to do something. Going on the programme has made me a lot healthier, fitter, and have more confidence in myself.
“As it is a lifestyle programme and about adapting lifestyle, I started to see the benefits after around 6 months. I think differently now, have lost 2 stone and my blood sugars have reduced dramatically, meaning I am no longer on the border of type-2 diabetes.”
The programme supports people deemed at risk of type 2 diabetes and provides health and lifestyle advice to help them lose weight and lower their risk.
Some helpful diabetes related apps can be found in the Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Appfinder tool: Staffordshire.orcha.co.uk
People can visit the Diabetes UK website and check their risk here: https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/.