Millions of casualties were admitted to hospital last year, but only a select few made medical jaws drop when they showed up. Here’s a round-up of the wackiest wounds. More
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“I love my uniform. I always say to people: ‘Don’t you think it looks friendly?’”
Carol beams with pride as she shows off the kit she wears while volunteering for the British Red Cross’ support at home service in Leeds.
Over the past 18 months, she’s helped more than 40 people at home, often visiting them many times over the course of several weeks.
Her visits enable vulnerable people to leave hospital earlier – and sometimes mean they don’t need to be admitted in the first place. More
Timing, they say, is everything.
And certainly, if you start choking in public, there are few better times to be sitting opposite a first aid trainer.
Over the years, Sara Hodges has taught literally hundreds of people life-saving skills – including how to help someone who’s choking.
So when her friend, who was facing her in a crowded Chinese restaurant, suddenly took on a surprised look and stopped speaking, she knew exactly what was wrong. More
After leaving education, I spent a while struggling to find work. Like lots of people my age, I kept trying but the jobs just weren’t out there.
While I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do for a career, the prospect of care work had always interested me. I think older people are often marginalised, which isn’t fair. More
Sometimes, love can blossom in the unlikeliest of places.
What he didn’t expect was a beautiful French girl to come zooming along on her scooter. But it turned out Aurelia had also been sent along by her company. More
1. We keep people out of hospital
But if our support at home volunteers promise to call round regularly and check all is okay, that worry disappears. Result: happy patients who don’t need to stay away from home, less pressure on over-worked medical staff and more available hospital beds. More
So much for peace of mind and tranquillity in one’s twilight years.
A major new study, commissioned by 75 organisations (including the British Red Cross), shows that one person in four is worried about receiving proper care in their old age.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out why. News bulletins show elder abuse in care homes, bed-blocking, MRSA, over-stretched A&E departments – all against a backdrop of government cuts. More