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Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E

By Adam Brimelow
Health Correspondent, BBC News


  Elderly woman


NHS leaders are urging people to look in on elderly friends and neighbours over the Christmas period to ease pressures on hospital A&E departments.


They warn loneliness and isolation can increase the risk of emergency hospital admissions.


They say people are more likely to report health problems in good time if they have someone to talk to .


The Patients Association says the service could be heading for a "crunch weekend".


Hospitals and ambulance services are already coming under enormous pressure this winter.


Figures released on Friday showed in England there were more than 440,000 visits to A&E the previous week - a rise of 6% on the same period last year.


Emergency admissions reached record levels, rising to more than 111,000.

  'Spike' in admissions

NHS leaders say they want to keep people out of busy A&E departments "as far as possible".


They are worried that over the festive period the impact of loneliness and social isolation could cause a major "spike" in admissions.


Prof Keith Willett, NHS England's national clinical director for acute care, cited a recent study in south west England in which 45% of elderly patients admitted as an emergency said they were socially isolated.


"We are calling on the public to think about those people living nearby who might benefit from a visit.


"If they see other people they are more likely to mention a health problem and then are more likely to seek help early."


And - with GP surgeries closed for some of the festive period - Prof Willett reminded people to order medicines in good time so they do not run out.

  Lifesaving services

It is a similar message across the UK for the festive period.


In Scotland, Shona Robison, cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport, said people should think through their options.


"We are encouraging people to make themselves aware of the services available to them over the festive period and think about where best to turn if their condition is not life-threatening.


"NHS 24, the local pharmacy, the GP surgery or minor injuries unit may be the better place to go rather than a busy A&E unit, keeping emergency lifesaving services free for those who really need them."


The chairman of the Patients Association, Dr Mike Smith, said there was a risk people could "completely swamp" A&E departments because of a lack of faith in out of hours services.


"We need a new way of providing 24/7 community services, it's going to have to evolve, the current situation is very difficult for people to cope with."


Speaking for the British Medical Association, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said services were in place to help people without them having to turn straightaway to their nearest hospital emergency department.


"There is a service available through the bank holiday period. People can get to see a GP if they need to through NHS 111.


"Knowing that, there is no need to feel they have to rush to A&E."

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Re: Newsview :Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2014, 11:27:50 PM »
Ok I agree that as Christians we should keep an eye open for the lonely etc. Having said that there are only so many people in a church. As an independant our church recons there are 10,000 homes in our patch and we have 150 members, many who are elderly. How we are to provide a service to lonely house bound people in our patch I don'y know. I'm reminded of what happen when we ran a sunday school on an estate in our patch. We'd had a harvest vestival, and had decided to donate the produce to the eldely on the estate, of some 2000 homes. The produce was split up and delivered to the elderly that we knew, mainly those who had attended the family services that where part of the sunday school. After wards we got several complaints that elderly families had not recieved any of the produce. Our minister wrote to the complainers saying. 'There was no record of them ever attending either our church or the family services held on the estate, so how where we to know who they were.

Loneliness a condition brought about by a selfish me first life style were the suffer does not take part in communial activities like regular church attendance.

Most lonely people would not be lonely if as young adults they had joined and served in a local church.


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Re: Newsview :Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2014, 01:04:15 AM »
You can be lonely in a crowd.  It doesn't take isolation necessarily to be affected by loneliness, of which there is a plethora of reasons for this emotion, its not so clear cut as if they had gone to church they wouldn't be lonely. 

Church shouldn't be about people coming to them, the Church should be going to the people, not just the ones who have attended or paid dividends of some description for the privilege of having a visit. 

I do not think it is just the responsibility of Christians to keep in mind their elderly and vulnerable neighbours.  Once upon a time this went on, somewhere along the line that got lost, the community feeling outside of the Christian community...the Christian community which can appear to spend more time looking for reasons to keep people out of it than draw them in, with their rules and regulations. 

Its all about love at the end of the day.  Love your neighbour.  Is love really a regulated thing? no its a verb, its an action, its a spontaneity about it.


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Re: Newsview :Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2014, 12:51:00 AM »
Got the following as a message today and it reminded me of this post, as did todays scripture posted here, so will also post as part reply:

This had me thinking on Spiritual habits and fruits etc...

Love is the opposite of logic. 

Logic is argumentative, aggressive upon the mind, splits the world into right and wrong, us and them.
Love is generative, compassionate, embracing all creation.

Logic pays attention to what is being said.
Love pays attention to how things are said.

Logic leads to debate.
Love leads to communion.

Practice love to be closer to God.


Col 3: 12-21

12 Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:13 Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.14 But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:15 And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.17 All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it behoveth in the Lord.19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them.20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.21 Fathers, provoke not your children to indignation, lest they be discouraged.

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Re: Newsview :Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2014, 10:43:02 PM »
A community is a group of people with  a shared interest or a common bond. It used to be based on things like everyone worked in or around a factory, belonged to a church, or had grown up in that area knowing everyone and being known. Now there are very few such common denominators. There is still one that is available to all and that is the church. Government and other buisybodies are calling for communities to be built and for people to look out for each other. Why should anyone spend there free time looking out for the antisocial or the isolated and venerable?
Oh I know there are many public spirited people who take many people under there wing and care for them,. But I repeat if the lonely had spent there youth and middle age as part of the church community, they would not be lonely today.
They would have had the time to build friendships with other people as they visited and cared for older people in their community and because they had built and maintained a church community there would be people visiting and caring for them today.
Take a look at the houses surrounding your church, ask your minister where he thinks his responsibility stops and estimate how many people live there and just how many attend your church.
Whether you are in a town or a village I would estimate that there are at least twenty houses for every family that is represented at your church and probable many more.



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