Category: Health

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

How the Red Cross helps the NHS

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Woman greets a volunteer as he brings her shoppingFind out how our fantastic volunteers and years of experience are helping struggling A&E departments.

The pressures on A&E are often in the news, but supporting the NHS is not new to us. In fact the Red Cross has been working in health and social care for more than 30 years. And that experience is paying off. More

Ebola outbreak: the surreal journey home

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British Red Cross Ebola nurse Marjorie Lee has returned home to Scotland after one month of treating patients in Sierra Leone. It has been a difficult four weeks, but the 51-year-old wants to go back as soon as possible.

It feels surreal to be slipping back into normal life with all the preparations going on around me for Christmas.

Everything seems so far removed from the challenges facing the people I’ve just left in Sierra Leone. Christmas, I’m sure, is the last thing on their minds.

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Ebola: ‘Nothing can prepare you for the look in a patient’s eyes’

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There’s no such thing as a good day when you’re treating Ebola patients, writes Sarah Robinson, a Red Cross nurse working in our Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone. 

Whenever I get home from the Ebola treatment centre (ETC), one of the team members will always ask how my day was. I’m never sure how to answer.

Working in an ETC doesn’t seem to be a job where you can say you had a great day or an awful day. I love my job immensely; the national staff I work with and the patients I care for are all inspiring. I’ve learnt so much from them and I know I will continue to do so.

The multitude of daily challenges we experience make the job interesting and varied. Despite this, when the reply, “I had a good day” enters my mind, the words always stick in my throat.

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