Category: Health

Ebola outbreak – after the quarantine

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Ebola-Anna-blogJinna Amara had been ill for several days. No one knew what was wrong with her.

Upon hearing that his cousin was sick, Mustapha Mambu did what anyone else would do – he cared for her and tried to get her treatment.

Mustapha went to fetch his cousin from her home in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone, in late September.

He wasn’t to know that she had Ebola. Sadly, three days after bringing her home, she died. But worse was to come.

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Five reasons why the NHS needs the Red Cross

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Five reasons why the NHS needs the Red Cross
1. We keep people out of hospital

Granny-in-and-out-hospitalOlder patients needing minor treatment often end up being admitted to hospital simply because doctors are worried about how they’ll cope alone afterwards.

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

Living with death: an Ebola doctor’s diary – part two

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EbolaIn the second of this five-part series, Dingeman Rijken gives a heartbreaking insight into the life of a Red Cross Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone. 

Going home – Thursday 4 December

Every morning the intravenous team goes into the high-risk zone to take blood samples from patients suspected or confirmed to have Ebola, and from patients who appear to have recovered.

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Why people are scared of growing older

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Worried-old-man-profile-BLOGOur elderly population is on the rise, and increasingly depends on the charity sector for support – so the government needs to stop taking us for granted.

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

Living with death: an Ebola doctor’s diary – part one  

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EbolaDeath and despair are intertwined with hope and joy at the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. In this intimate five-part series, Dingeman Rijken gives a heartbreaking insight into the life of a Red Cross Ebola doctor. 

Fleeting shadows – Tuesday 2 December 

The Red Cross treatment centre is built on a remote patch of land, about 12 miles north of Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone.

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Ebola outbreak: “I don’t let patients give up”

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“My nickname is Happy Shower,” smiles Jestina Boyle, a Red Cross volunteer at the Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone.

Jestina provides psychological and emotional support, particularly to patients at the centre.

Through Jestina’s encouragement and counselling skills, more patients are going through the so-called ‘happy shower’.

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Home alone: the real story

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Many older people find a hospital stay traumatic and unsettling. But for those who live alone, the real problems often start once they’re discharged.

Christmas was coming, but Sylvia Darby was feeling anything but festive.

After six long weeks in hospital being treated for double pneumonia, the Ipswich pensioner was finally ready to be discharged – but there was a big problem. More