Every wondered what happens to your blood after a donation?

Check out the link below for a good insight into what happens when you having donated your 470ml of blood. https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/after-your-donation/the-journey-of-a-blood-donation/

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High Blood Pressure

There could be as many as 7 million people in the UK that are living with undiagnosed high blood pressure, without knowing that may be at risk. The only way to know whether you have high blood pressure is to have it measured. Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries, these are the vessels that carry your blood from your heart to your brain and the rest of your body. You need a certain amount of pressure to get the blood round your body. The pressure of the blood flowing through your arteries changes as your heart beats. The pressure in your arteries will be at its highest when your heart is contracting and pumping blood around your body and lowest as it relaxes while it fills with blood before pumping again. High blood pressure or hypertension means that your blood pressure is consistently higher than the recommended level. High blood pressure is not usually something that you can feel or notice, but over time if it is not treated, your heart may become enlarged making your heart pump less effectively. Get regular health checks with your...

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Playing card games aids stroke recovery

Playing simple card games, such as snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, say Canadian researchers. The scientists found it improved patients’ motor skills. The researchers designed their study to test whether virtual reality gaming, which is increasingly being employed as a rehab therapy for stroke patients, is any better than more traditional games for honing upper limb motor skills. The Canadian team recruited 141 patients who had recently suffered a stroke, and now had some impaired movement in one or both of their hands and arms. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off either by a clot or a bleed. This can cause symptoms such as drooping of the face muscles, slurred speech and numbness and weakness of the arms. Stroke is a medical emergency that needs urgent attention and treatment. People may need a long period of rehabilitation to regain independence. Some will have permanent impairment. BBC Health...

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Did you know? The Adult Heart…….

The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.

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Summer Newsletter

Hello Everyone, Pleased to tell you all that our Summer Newsletter is all printed and ready to be sent out. It contains very good information and this edition has not only a course focus, which is the Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Award, but a medical focus. It also gives you some safety tips for the summer. Let me know if you would like me to send you a copy or two, would be more than happy to do this for you. Be safe...

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A New Medical Dressing that changes colour detecting infection.

A medical dressing that changes colour when it detects infection could cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics, say scientists at Bath University. It works by releasing fluorescent dye from tiny capsules when toxins are given out by bacteria in a wound. This allows doctors to identify bacterial infections and treat them more quickly, particularly in children with burns. Researchers said it could help to save lives. Children with burn wounds are particularly susceptible to bacterial infections because of their immature immune systems. These infections can slow the healing of wounds, leading to longer stays in hospital and sometimes permanent scarring. In severe cases, infections can kill. Take a look at the link below, we are all for this if it does saves lives and increase the recovery....

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