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Health and social care crisis: your questions answered

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Older woman being discharged from hospital

There have been lots of stories in the media recently about the pressures faced by hospitals across the UK. During this busy period, the British Red Cross stepped-up some of our existing health and social care services to help. We also pointed out that the health and social care crisis could get worse without urgent action.  

We’ve been listening to the debates and your comments on social media. Here are a few answers to some of the key issues raised.

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Jelly and cake: let’s revive a 1940s Christmas tradition

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“I know what we had for tea will make you envious: tinned peaches, red and orange jelly, pink and chocolate blancmange followed by iced cake and cream cakes and as much tea as you liked – with sugar in it.”

Meet British teenager John Wilkins, who wrote about his experience of a fantastic afternoon tea during the Second World War. More

First aid at your fingertips: the app helping you to help others

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Adam Banks holding up the British Red Cross First Aid App on his phone.Adam Banks knew first aid. But when he came across a man having a seizure, having the British Red Cross’ First Aid App in his pocket gave him a confidence boost. With over six million downloads worldwide the app, now celebrating its fifth birthday, is helping you to help others.  

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Bonfire Night: First aid for burns

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Friends and family gather for Bonfire NightBonfire Night – a time when friends and family gather to ‘Ooo’ and ‘Ahh’ at the night sky as firework after firework light up the darkness with an almighty bang.

Whether you’re having your own party, attending a friend’s or off to a display, there’s a common risk that comes from celebrating with fireworks – burns.

But have no fear. We’ve got some top advice for helping someone with a burn this Bonfire Night.

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First aid for cyclists: From average Joe to sporting pro

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The Senior Academy programme with British Cycling have been brushing up on their first aid skills with the Red Cross. Cycling in Britain is at an all-time high. More than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week.*

Perhaps we’ve all been inspired by Chris Froome adding a third yellow Tour de France jersey to his collection, or the Great Britain Cycling Team sweeping up 12 Olympic medals at Rio 2016?

Whatever the reason, it’s great that more and more people are sharing a love of cycling.

But new research conducted by the British Red Cross found that while 90 per cent of cyclists think sports people have a responsibility to look after each other, 40 per cent would not have the confidence to help a fellow cyclist in a first aid emergency.

Bumps, scrapes and falls come hand-in-hand with sporting activities – no matter what level you’re at. And we want to make sure people know what to do in a crisis. From average Joe to pro.

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The health and social care crisis: Joyce’s story

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Joyce Hall with a Red Cross volunteer who helped her regain her independence after she broke her arm Joyce waited an agonising two days before going to hospital with a badly broken arm. She couldn’t just go to the hospital – she had her younger brother to think about.

As the sole carer for Lenny, who has epilepsy and learning difficulties, she was worried about leaving him alone. He was unable to do everyday tasks like getting dressed and feeding himself.

But after two days of pain she had little choice.

The British Red Cross met Joyce for the first time when she was discharged from the hospital and referred to our support at home service.

We were able to help her not just through her recovery, but find more support for her and Lenny from other services in the long-term too.

But with six consecutive years of budget cuts and an increasing demand on health and social care services, the system in England has become unsustainable. The care people like Joyce and Lenny need, is at risk.

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