During Self Care Week the Trust held a variety of events at Rotherham Hospital’s Community Corner (main entrance on C Level) with an aim to give people the best information and advice to help them take care of themselves and look after their health. This year’s theme was ‘self care for life - growing older healthily’, improving people’s health knowledge throughout life to ensure healthy and happy living at every age.
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) services and other local community organisations came together and were on hand in Community Corner offering advice and support on a variety of health issues including stop smoking support, weight management advice, cancer support and advice, drug and alcohol awareness, physiotherapy, ear care, heart health and much more.
TRFT Chairman, Peter Lee, attended Community Corner on one of the days to speak to departments and organisations involved in the campaign. He said: "It is fantastic to see so many of our services and other local organisations getting involved in Self Care Week and coming along to support the campaign. Community Corner has been a hub of activity all week, engaging staff, patients and visitors in learning about self care and how to look after their health, as well as the support which is available to help them at the Trust and other local organisations."
Rotherham One to One MacMillan Support (ROOMS), a unique, free and confidential service for women with breast or gynaecological cancer were in Community Corner to raise awareness of their unique service. ROOMS volunteer, Julie Brown, said, "Our volunteers have all experienced cancer so we can relate to the women who are referred to us and help them. To meet and talk to another woman who may be five or eight years in remission really gives women hope and makes them feel so much better as we have been through it and can understand all their emotions and concerns."
Physiotherapists from Therapy Services were also on hand to give advice on preparing to grow older healthily and to answer queries. Occupational Health Physiotherapist, Elaine Bradshaw, said, "As you get older it is really important to look after yourself and keep activity levels up. As part of Self Care Week we have been giving people advice on posture such as how you should and shouldn’t sit at your computer and advice on gentle exercise for maintaining mobility."
Thank you to all the groups who attended: Breathing Space, Rotherham Stop Smoking Service, Oral Health, Reshape Rotherham, ROOMS (Rotherham One to One McMillan Support), Lymphoedema Awareness, Lifeline Alcohol Advisory Service, Therapy Services, Rotherham Leisure Centre, Primary Ear Care, Blood Donation, Macmillan Cancer, Community Buddies, Samaritans, Rotherham Stay Put/ Yorkshire Housing, Rotherham Heart Town/British Heart Foundation, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Diabetes UK.