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You can support the League of Friends of Stratton Hospital by using this link to do your shopping.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support LoFoSH every time you shop, and at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of tens of millions of eligible products on Amazon.

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser

Shopping on AmazonSmile is easy – simply go to smile.amazon.co.uk on your computer or mobile device and log in using your Amazon.co.uk account.

If you’re yet to register an account, you can do so by clicking on the ‘Create your Amazon account’ button. Please note that you need to be using Amazon.co.uk for the League of Friends of Stratton Hospital to be a listed charity, LoFoSH won’t show if you use Amazon.com.

Upon your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will need to select ‘League of Friends of Stratton Hospital’ in the list of charities before you begin shopping. If you’re already a user of AmazonSmile, you can easily switch your charity to the League of Friends of Stratton Hospital.

Once set up, remember to use smile.amazon.co.uk as your main shopping link!

Tell your friends and family about AmazonSmile so Amazon can donate as they shop too.

NHS Kernow launches Covid 19 GP and Pharmacy Services Survey

NHS Kernow launches COVID-19 GP and pharmacy services survey

NHS Kernow has launched a new survey to learn about people’s experiences of GP and pharmacy services during the pandemic.

As part of our response to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 and keep the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly safe, there have been changes made to GP and pharmacy services during the pandemic.

We want to learn more about people’s experiences of GP and pharmacy services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the pandemic. Your feedback will help us to better understand what has worked well for people and where improvements can be made.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and includes questions such as:

·         Which changes to GP and/or pharmacy services during the pandemic have worked well and which changes have not worked well, and why?

·         Have you been unable to access GP and/or pharmacy services during the pandemic for any reason?

·         Have you purposely avoided contacting or attending GP and/or pharmacy services during the pandemic and if so, what are your concerns?

Paper and easy read versions of the survey can be downloaded on NHS Kernow’s website or by emailing kccg.engagement@nhs.net or calling 07788 492652. Anyone under the age of 16 will need to seek permission from a parent or carer to take part in this survey.

Please share

Please share this survey as widely as possible with your friends, families and networks.

Attached is some content that can also be published on your website, social media and in your bulletins to help advertise the survey. Please also look out for our social media posts.

More info/take the survey

To take the short survey please click here.

More information is available on NHS Kernow’s website here.

Flu vaccine

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It’s offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.

This page is about the flu vaccine for adults.

Find out about the children’s flu vaccine

The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn before flu starts spreading. But you can get the vaccine later.

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • if you’re at higher risk from coronavirus, you’re also more at risk of problems from flu
  • if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill
  • it’ll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s safe to have the flu vaccine. It’ll be effective at helping to prevent flu.

Coronavirus update

Changes have been made to make sure it’s safe for you to have the flu vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.

It’s important to go to your appointments unless you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.

Who can have the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given to people who:

  • are 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in a long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Advice for people aged 50 to 64

If you’re aged 50 to 64 and have a health condition that means you’re more at risk from flu, you should get your flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Other 50- to 64-year-olds will be contacted about a flu vaccine later.

Where to get the flu vaccine

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a pharmacy offering the service
  • your midwifery service if you’re pregnant

If you have your flu vaccine at a pharmacy, you do not have to tell the GP. The pharmacist should tell them.

All adult flu vaccines are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.

Important

Due to high demand for the flu vaccine, there may be some delays getting a vaccination appointment. Your GP surgery or pharmacy should be able to tell you when more appointments are available.

Flu vaccine for people with long-term health conditions

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:

Talk to your doctor if you have a long-term condition that is not in one of these groups. They should offer you the flu vaccine if they think you’re at risk of serious problems if you get flu.

Flu vaccine for people who are pregnant

You should have the flu vaccine if you’re pregnant to help protect you and your baby.

It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

Find out more about the flu vaccine in pregnancy

Flu vaccine for frontline health and social care workers

If you’re a frontline health and social care worker, your employer should offer you a flu vaccine. They may give the vaccine at your workplace.

You may be able to have the flu vaccine at a GP surgery or a pharmacy, if you’re a health or social care worker employed by a:

  • registered residential care or nursing home
  • registered homecare organisation
  • hospice

You can also have the flu vaccine if you provide health or social care through direct payments or personal health budgets, or both.

Who should not have the flu vaccine

Most adults can have the flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

You may be at risk of an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine injection if you have an egg allergy. This is because some flu vaccines are made using eggs.

Ask a GP or pharmacist for a low-egg or egg-free vaccine.

If you’re ill with a high temperature, it’s best to wait until you’re better before having the flu vaccine.

How effective is the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine gives the best protection against flu.

Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there’s still a chance you might get flu.

If you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and not last as long.

Having the flu vaccine will also stop you spreading flu to other people who may be more at risk of serious problems from flu.

It can take 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to work.

Flu vaccine side effects

Flu vaccines are very safe. Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:

  • slightly raised temperature
  • muscle aches
  • sore arm where the needle went in – this is more likely to happen with the vaccine for people aged 65 and over

Try these tips to help reduce the discomfort:

  • continue to move your arm regularly
  • take a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – some people, including those who are pregnant, should not take ibuprofen unless a doctor recommends it

Allergic reactions to the flu vaccine

It’s very rare for anyone to have a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to the flu vaccine. If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes.

The person who vaccinates you will be trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.Information:

The flu vaccine cannot give you flu

None of the flu vaccines contains live viruses so they cannot cause flu.

If you are unwell after vaccination, you may have something else. Or you may have caught flu before your vaccination had worked.

Flu vaccine ingredients

There are several types of injected flu vaccine. None of them contains live viruses so they are called inactivated vaccines.

If you’re eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS, you’ll be offered one that’s most effective for you, depending on your age:

  • adults aged 18 to 64 – there are different types, including low-egg and egg-free ones
  • adults aged 65 and over – the most common one contains an extra ingredient to help your immune system make a stronger response to the vaccine

Talk to a GP, practice nurse or pharmacist for more information about these vaccines.Information:

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

Information in other formats

Page last reviewed: 21 September 2020
Next review due: 21 September 2023

COVID-19 survey

NHS Kernow launches COVID-19 GP and pharmacy services survey

NHS Kernow has launched a new survey to learn about people’s experiences of GP and pharmacy services during the pandemic.

As part of our response to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 and keep the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly safe, there have been changes made to GP and pharmacy services during the pandemic.

We want to learn more about people’s experiences of GP and pharmacy services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the pandemic. Your feedback will help us to better understand what has worked well for people and where improvements can be made.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and includes questions such as:

  • Which changes to GP and/or pharmacy services during the pandemic have worked well and which changes have not worked well, and why?
  • Have you been unable to access GP and/or pharmacy services during the pandemic for any reason?
  • Have you purposely avoided contacting or attending GP and/or pharmacy services during the pandemic and if so, what are your concerns?

Paper and easy read versions of the survey can be downloaded on NHS Kernow’s website or by emailing kccg.engagement@nhs.net or calling 07788 492652. Anyone under the age of 16 will need to seek permission from a parent or carer to take part in this survey.

More info/take the survey

To take the short survey please click here. More information is available on NHS Kernow’s website here.

Thank you to Staff

We supported the staff at Stratton Hospital with baskets of fruit, to complement the considerable sugary treats they were receiving from public and patients.

iPads for local Care Homes

The League of Friends of Stratton Hospital was recently made aware by Kerri Welch, Stratton Community Nurse Team Lead and Community Matron, of the benefits which cellular iPads would have in the care Homes in our area. These would allow electronic patient/clinician contact, care, advice, intervention and monitoring and during the current pandemic enable families to phone in and see and talk with loved ones who are in care. After making enquiries and checking the need and positive present and future use by clinicians, the Trustees of the League of Friends agreed to fund these iPads for Eventide, Red Gables, Fairfield and St. Annes Residential Care Homes. These have now been delivered with covers personally funded by Katie & Martin Hemmerle – thank you.

Comments received from the Homes say it all –

From Eventide Residential Home

Thank you so much to Stratton Hospital League of friends for supplying us at Eventide with a new iPad to enable our residents to keep in touch with their families during these difficult times. The look of sheer happiness on their faces on seeing their families on video is hard to describe. Looking to the future surgeries are going to be using video links even more to speak to patients.

Whilst visits are important, Telehealth as they are calling it is going to play a big part in our future lives, because it works, so we will be all geared up and ready.

We are a non profit making Care Home and so we are so grateful for such a generous gift from you. I know of all the other work you all do with the League of Friends, you are all angels in disguise.

From Graham Hodgson – Chairman of Trustees of Eventide Residential Home.

From Fairfield Country Rest Home

We wanted to thank you for such an incredibly generous gift of an iPad for our residents to use at Fairfield Country Rest Home, Launcells.

In these uncertain times it opens up an essential avenue of communication for our residents to connect with families and friends and a way for the hospitals to assess their needs.

The owner of Fairfield has already purchased an iPad for video calling with families and this is proving to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our residents in the current situation. With 30 residents sharing this, this new iPad from you takes the pressure off and gives everyone a chance to be with their loved ones virtually.

We would also like to thank HBH Woolacotts for the handy and thoughtful iPad cover.

It is remarkable to witness firsthand how our community is pulling together for our most vulnerable. We can’t quite put into words how much we appreciate your thoughts and gift.

From all the Residents and Team at Fairfield Country Rest Home – A million thank yous.

From Red Gables Residential Home

A huge thank you from us all at Red Gables Residential Home for the very generous donation of the iPad.

This will benefit our residents in many ways, particularly keeping in touch with friends and family at this difficult time. We will also be using it for video consultations with G.Ps and Community Nurses.

While we have made arrangements for the support of social contact, we have found the best and most rewarding means of keeping contact is via video, Skype or face time.

So thank you all once again on behalf of all who live at Red Gables for keeping us in your thoughts.

Kind regards,

Katie Hartop, Registered Manager

From St Annes Residential Home

I am writing this e-mail to say a massive thank you on behalf of our residents at St. Annes for the donation of the iPad.

It is a difficult time for all at present and our residents do miss their visits from their family members and friends. It is so important for their personal well being that we promote contact with their loved ones and bring a smile to their face. We have been trying to do this by the use of the home land line and video calls using staff mobile phones.

Having the iPad will now be such a benefit to our residents and help them maintain contact with their family and friends and enable to maintain links to the Telehealth.

This will beneficial to their health and well being in so many ways and we really can’t thank you enough.

From our Manager Emma Woolf, myself and all the team at St. Annes.

Kind regards

Debbie Watson- Deputy Manager.

50th Anniversary

27th April 2020 the League of Friends of Stratton Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary as a registered Charity with the Charity Commission.