Archive for December, 2011

Men’s Health: Let’s get talking

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

 Men in the UK visit their GP 20% less frequently than women, and it is well recognised amongst healthcare professionals that there is still a reluctance for men to consider and discuss their own health and well-being.  Unfortunately, men often adopt a ‘last resort’ approach to seeking professional help – only seeking help when long [...]

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Life After Stroke Awards 2012

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Do you know an inspirational stroke survivor? Have you worked with a fantastic volunteer, Stroke Association affiliated group or primary care practice team who deserves special recognition. If so I urge you nominate them for a 2012 Life After Stroke Award! A stroke is a life-altering experience for the individual and for their families. An [...]

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Guest blog: Bevan Foundation Director, Victoria Winckler on Smoking in cars

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

It’s hard to imagine that just ten years ago people smoked in pubs, restaurants, shopping malls, buses and anywhere else that took smokers’ fancy. The idea that smokers might not be allowed to light-up in order to protect other people from the effects of second-hand smoke was regarded as a nanny-state infringement of personal liberties. [...]

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Five reasons for restraining enthusiasm for the Welsh Donation Bill by Professor John Saunders, chair of the Royal College of Physicians’ Ethical Issues in Medicine Committee

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

There are five reasons for restraining one’s enthusiasm for the Welsh Donation Bill. Firstly, thanks to media exposure in Wales, organ donation rates are rising. They are now not far behind Spain: that is to say Wales has one of the best donation rates per million in the world. In fact, for the last 10 [...]

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Opt For Life by Roy J Thomas Chairman Kidney Wales Foundation and Opt For Life Cymru

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The UK’s first soft opt-out system for organ and tissue donation will be in place in four years time. This will be welcome news to all those waiting for an organ transplant. The UK has the one of the lowest donor rates in Europe. In the UK, three people die every day while on the [...]

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“The drive in Wales is already succeeding….” The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan

Friday, December 9th, 2011

As Christians we believe that offering our organs to save lives is love in action and part of what it means to love our neighbours. So donating our organs goes to the heart of what it is to be a disciple of Jesus. That is why I carry a donor card and strongly urge as [...]

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“The altruistic choice remains….” Dr Tony Calland, Chair of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The subject of organ donation generates a wide spectrum of emotions ranging from revulsion through denial and fear to sympathy, empathy and generosity. The reality of the current situation is that one person a week dies in Wales whilst waiting for a donor organ and although the UK donation rate has improved recently achieving stable [...]

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“What really matters is that organ donation is an issue that has been discussed within every family” Glyn Davies MP

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Last week, work started on the long awaited new permanent renal dialysis unit attached to Welshpool Hospital in my constituency.  I am only sorry that my dear friend, Trudy Baynes did not live to join in the celebration. Trudy was an early heart and lung transplant, and for many years she campaigned tirelessly for better local [...]

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“I will be very proud if my legacy as Health Minister includes this step forward” The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Last month, along with the First Minister, I visited the Transplant Unit in the University of Wales Hospital to launch a consultation on Organ Donation and Tissue Donation, the results of which could improve the lives of many people. The Organ and Tissue Donation White Paper asks for opinions on how we can introduce a [...]

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Organ donation – a week of guest bloggers!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This week we are hosting a week of guest bloggers who will be giving their views on organ donation. It is crucial to have as much discussion and debate as possible on the Welsh Government plans to move to an opt out system in order to raise awareness of what the new system is trying to achieve. This [...]

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