Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Happy Baby Corner: concerns of a breastfeeding mum

Starting to breastfeed can be a difficult time. You’re tired and emotional and then your new baby decides it’s time to feed, feed…and feed again!

As part of our new Happy Baby Corner series, Alison Jee, Infant Feeding Lead for the Trust, shares some of the most common concerns of a new breastfeeding mum and some tips for overcoming them.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

“Thinking differently about difficulties and feeling understood”

Our Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service is helping to reduce anxiety and depression in patients diagnosed with dementia. Read about Andrew’s experience here.

As well as the service featured in our blog post from David, Let’s Talk – Wellbeing also offers support to people in Broxtowe with respiratory, cardiac, memory problems and those at risk of admission to hospital as part of its main service. 

The service uses talking therapies to reduce the emotional distress caused by a person’s physical ill health, whilst helping them to better cope with their condition and manage symptoms. 

Here Richard Alvey, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, shares the experience of a recent patient Andrew (real name changed):

“Andrew started to become depressed following a diagnosis of dementia. He started to feel anxious in social situations in case his memory would let him down. He felt less motivated to do things and this concerned him as it was out of character.

Monday, 18 December 2017

“This experience has improved my life”

A talking therapies service ran by Let’s Talk – Wellbeing in the Trust is making a difference to the lives of people diagnosed with a long term condition in Broxtowe. 

The service focuses on physical health conditions such as diabetes and dermatological issues, and the psychological effects these can have such as anxiety or depression. The service uses a range of talking therapies to reduce the emotional distress caused by a person’s physical ill health, whilst helping them to better cope with their condition and manage symptoms. 

Here we share David’s story who was recently seen by Kelly McGrory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

“This has been such a positive experience. I encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to make the most of it.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Stopping smoking: Irene's story

Irene Healy is a volunteer at our Involvement Centre. She agreed to give up smoking for a month and to tell us about her experiences. We're sharing Irene's story as part of World COPD Day.

Why I wanted to give up

I wanted to stop smoking for a number of reasons, but mainly for my health. I believe it will give me another ten years’ life and that means I would be able to spend ten more years with my kids and grandkids. I’m ready to change my habit.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Let's talk about suicide

We asked Holly Wilson to help us start a conversation about suicide. Here are her thoughts.

Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse; it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better.

Suicide is one of those words that can silence a room of the loudest speakers. A concept that creates irrational feelings and stigmatic comments. A killer that is ignored by the masses. But why? Fear? Ignorance? Denial?

But not talking about suicide, not talking about suicidal thoughts and feelings, ignoring it exists or not caring that it does, does not mean it won’t happen. In fact, it increases the likelihood that it will.

Friday, 8 September 2017

A day in the life of a physiotherapist

For World Physical Therapy Day, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist Laura Smith talked us through her role and a typical day in the life of a physiotherapist.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

“When I was diagnosed I felt isolated. Now I want to say to others ‘look, me too. You’re not alone.’”

Acaycia had her first episode of psychosis two years ago. Since then, alongside support from the Trust’s Early Intervention in Psychosis team and Asperger’s service, she has found writing – something she enjoyed before her illness – has helped her through some of her most difficult times.

Here she explains how her life has been affected by hallucinations and delusions - symptoms of her psychosis - and how writing about it is helping her recovery.