16th August 2013
A DIGNIFIED REVOLUTION NEWSLETTER
AND THEY SAID THAT MID STAFFS COULDN’T HAPPEN IN WALES? IT SEEMS THAT THE THREATENED TSUNAMI HAS ARRIVED
When the Francis Report was published in England there was a public commitment by NHS Wales to respond to the challenges. But, out of the public eye, we listened to many directors, officials and board members who comforted themselves by saying that “Mid Staffs couldn’t happen here [in Wales}”. We even heard a Chair of a Health Board start a public meeting by saying “I am sick to death of hearing about Francis”. The former Health Minister said on TV that she hadn’t come across an example of poor care. Well, those who might have disregarded the findings of the Francis report as nothing to do with us should now perhaps be reflecting on the stance they have taken.
Recent media reports about NHS Wales show that Wales appears to be suffering similar failures to those seen in England.
On 25 July the BBC reported that there had been a call for an inquiry into Welsh NHS care standards and death rates following allegations that an elderly patient suffered serious neglect at two Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals. The article was of particular interest to ADR because it has been dealing with a very similar current case, also at an ABMU hospital, for some time.
The BBC also published news that two nurses from ABMU Health Board are being investigated by the police for falsifying patient records.
Reports from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) have warned of the collapse of NHS Wales due to staff shortages across all hospitals and the Royal College of Surgeons report believes that services at the University Hospital of Wales are dangerous and of poor quality. These revelations follow the recent damming report from Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and the Wales Audit Office in relation to Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board in North Wales, and the case of Ann Clwyd’s husband earlier in the year.
The RCS is now asking HIW to let the College know as a matter of urgency the steps that it is taking to address the concerns raised in the report, because it is anxious that they are not being fully addressed.
The current Wales Ombudsman's Casebook reports a significant number of cases that have been investigated, a number of which relate to ABMU and Cardiff and Vale Health Board. There has been an increase in complaints to the Wales Ombudsman which has been put down to changes brought about under the Putting Things Right health redress arrangements and the public’s greater dissatisfaction with the health service.
On a positive note however, it is encouraging to see the Medics using their professional bodies to draw attention to their concerns.
The vast majority of nurses and doctors and other staff are caring, hard-working and professional. They are being let down by many of the directors and members of health boards and Welsh Government politicians and officials who seem to be in denial, comforting themselves by writing reports and strategies that mean nothing to the staff on the front line. The UK government recently banned the use of clichés – the Welsh Government should add “lessons have been learnt” to that list.
In ENGLAND the Independent has reported the failings of the trusts investigated by Sir Bruce Keogh’s team.
The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has published its response to the Francis report. There are plans to evaluate its pre-registration education standards, develop more risk-based and proportionate fitness to practise processes, review the code, improve its witness experience for those involved in proceedings and make changes to its legislation so that its processes are more efficient.
Mid Staffordshire Hospital nurses Tracey-Ann White and Sharon Turner who falsified A&E discharge times have been struck off the nursing register. The case of two other nurses from Mid Staffs has been adjourned for a second time and a Nursing and Midwifery Council fitness to practise panel has failed to reach a verdict in the case of former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust chief nurse Janice Harry.
In the last month we have:
- Received case studies from relatives in North Wales, Cardiff, Bridgend and West Wales. They all provide distressing accounts of poor standards of care and questionable staff attitudes. Those that are current, i.e. the relative still being in hospital, are reluctant to make a complaint because of the risk of repercussions. We have sent these case studies to the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales and HIW.
- Received a response to our enquiry to ABMU about its review of the health boards (do not attempt resuscitation) DNAR policy. We have been told that there has been a new director and there has been a lot going on and the work commenced on this has not progressed as swiftly as I would have liked. I will be taking this forward with my medical colleagues as from the guidance we currently work to it is very clear that we must be taking into account the wishes and feelings of patients and their families in relation to decisions made around the DNAR decisions.
- Written to ask the NMC if it has reported the Mid Staffordshire nurses, struck off for falsifying records, to the police. We are awaiting a reply
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the new Director of Nursing at Cwm Taf LHB
- the BMA Wales policy officer
- a Public Health consultant in Wales
- the Chief Executive of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
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Consultation on the work of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
The National Assembly for Wales Health and Social Care Committee is undertaking a short inquiry into the work of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and welcomes evidence from both individuals and organisations. If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to HSCCommittee@wales.gov.uk. Click here for more information.
Guidance for doctors and nurses caring for people in the last days of life
This guidance has been issued as interim guidance following the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). It aims to settle uncertainties with respect to the immediate care of patients and stresses where the LCP is being used properly, this should not stop abruptly.
Commitment to Compassionate Care
6Cs Live! offers support and encouragement to nurses, midwives and care staff committed to improve the quality of their service and the experience of their patients and celebrates their success.
Dementia-friendly care environments
Two films have been produced showing how simple changes can create more dementia-friendly environments. The first film looks at the dementia environment at home; the second focuses on care homes. Source: SCIE News.
Liverpool Care Pathway to be scrapped
Experts have recommended that the Liverpool Care Pathway should be axed. They say the regime should be phased out over the next six to 12 months and be replaced with a personalised end-of-life care plan for each individual patient.
Health Ombudsman to investigate more NHS complaints
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman for England is promising to investigate 10 times as many cases this year as it did last year. Source: BBC News.
Hospital inspections to be more robust
The way hospital inspections in England have been carried out was flawed and they are to become broader and more robust according to the new chief inspector of hospitals. Source: BBC News.
Care Quality Commission report details full extent of bullying culture
The full extent of the bullying culture within the Care Quality Commission has been revealed in an internal report, which talks of fear and harassment, often in a drive to reach targets. Source: Guardian
NHS Wales spends £17m on staff pay-outs
Over 17m has been spent by the Welsh NHS in four years on staff pay-outs which include confidentiality clauses. Wales. Source: BBC news
New data on healthcare associated infections published
Information on the numbers and rates of healthcare associated infections in each hospital will be published on NHS organisations websites from Thursday 11 July.
Report points to 'deficiencies' in care
Serious deficiencies have been identified in the quality of care at the Royal Dental Hospital in Belfast. Source: BBC News.
2012 accountability hearing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
This report presents the government and NMC's response to the 2012 accountability hearing with the NMC. The accountability hearing discussed the prioritisation of the NMC's core functions; fitness to practice; and the NMC's power to review cases.
More than seven patients per nurse risks missing vital care
Researchers have found the number of patients per nurse on duty is significantly linked with the incidence of unfinished care by nurses, or missed care, and called for it to be used as an early warning for potential patient safety concerns and unnecessary deaths. Source: Nursing Times
National audit of dementia care in general hospitals 2012-13
This second Royal College of Psychiatrists report of the National Audit of Dementia has identified continuing problems in the quality of care received by people with dementia in hospitals in England and Wales.
Six lives: progress report on healthcare for people with learning disabilities
This DH progress report finds that whilst some improvements have been made, people with learning disabilities are still experiencing poor care, and face unacceptable inequalities in health and social care.
Review calls for standardised training for healthcare assistants
An independent review has found that there is no minimum standard of care for healthcare assistants before they are allowed to work unsupervised. Source: Independent.
A time and place: what people want at the end of life
This Sue Ryder report investigates the elements of care that are important to individuals at the end of their life.
NHS Reform Campaign
Sunday Times is running a campaign to reform the NHS and is asking people to share their experiences.
What child protection can teach adult safeguarding - and vice versa
One council's decision to import family group conferencing from children's to adults' services has led to a mutual exchange of knowledge between social workers from the two departments. Source: Community Care.
Older patient left without food or drink for 20 hours in hospital
A hospital patient was left without food or drink for 20 hours on one of the hottest days of the year when his operation was delayed. Source: Nursing Times
David’s Story tells the tale of presenter Betsi George's partner of almost 40 years, David Parry-Jones. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago. Source: Western Mail
Abusive Whipps Cross health carer who beat elderly dementia patients found guilty
An abusive health care assistant who beat and taunted elderly dementia patients at Whipps Cross Hospital is facing jail. Source: Guardian series
The stigma associated with raising concerns has to be removed
Helene Donnelly, who blew the whistle at Mid Staffordshire discusses the need to increase awareness of how to raise concerns safely and appropriately so it becomes expected of staff. Source: Guardian Professional Network.
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Implementation of new stroke service
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has confirmed the implementation of the first phase of a new stroke service in East Sussex
The public should continue to act FAST and call 999 for an ambulance if they suspect someone is having a stroke. The ambulance will ensure the patient is taken to the correct hospital so that they can get specialist treatment as soon as possible.
Dr Andy Slater, Medical Director – Strategy said, said: “As doctors working in East Sussex we are committed to improving the healthcare available for our communities. We firmly believe the introduction of our new stroke service will improve the quality of the stroke care patients receive in East Sussex. We will have additional stroke specialist nurses and access to an increased number of rehabilitation beds at the Irvine Unit, Bexhill Hospital. We are increasing our therapy support so that it will soon be available 7 days a week. A key part of our clinical strategy is to provide a full 24 hour, 7 day a week specialist stroke service and we are very please that these changes make a significant step towards this.”
The development of a centralised acute stroke service at Eastbourne District General Hospital will mean better care and outcomes will be provided for all patients in East Sussex. Eastbourne District General Hospital has a second CT scanner operational to ensure all suspected stroke admissions receive a scan within one hour of admission. Rehabilitation facilities have increased at the Irvine Unit in Bexhill to aid the patient’s recovery and speed up their discharge home. Patients from across East Sussex will be taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital for their acute stroke care. If a patient attending the Conquest Hospital is found to have had a stroke they will receive initial treatment and be transferred to the specialist stroke unit at Eastbourne as soon as their clinical condition permits.
The other two services consulted on as part of the Shaping our Future consultation; emergency and higher risk planned General Surgery and emergency and higher risk planned Orthopaedics will be moving to the Conquest Hospital site at a later date.
The introduction of this new stroke service will mean the vast majority of patients who use the Trust’s services will not notice any difference as planned operations and procedures, day case surgery, out patient clinics, diagnostic tests and admissions for all other medical conditions will continue as before in a patient’s local hospital.
FAST is an acronym used as a mnemonic to help detect and enhance responsiveness to stroke victim needs. The acronym stands for:
- Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
- Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift one or both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness.
- Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
- Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms
19th July 2013
HOSC July Newsletter
The Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) has published its July newsletter.
Articles in this issue include:
- HOSC disappointed with delay to hospital service changes.
- Temporary changes to maternity and paediatrics come into force.
- Improvements underway at hospital A&E Department.
- Council launches new online dementia resource.
- New health commissioners begin their role.
14th March 2013
Stephen Lloyd's Save the DGH update
Stephen Lloyd MP has issued an update on the current situation concerning "single siting" of DGH core services. Stephen said:
"After the announcement by East Sussex Healthcare Trust that they intended to downgrade our maternity and paediatrics due to safety concerns, I rushed back from my father’s funeral in Spain to ensure I was able to make the Emergency General Meeting in Bexhill.
I put a number of questions to the Trust’s Board, but I have to say though, I thought the meeting was a complete sham! On Wednesday last week staff at the DGH were told the Special Care Baby Unit was closing and paediatrics was having its opening hours slashed. Yet at the meeting 2 days later they discussed a number of options, completely straight faced as if they were all still on the table. It was surreal and even led to some laughter in disbelief at what we were hearing."
21st November 2012
The Conservation Volunteers have organised another fantastic opportunity to get some gentle exercise with a second healthy walk, this one in Hampden Park.
The group meets every Tuesday, from 10.30am - 11.30am, outside the Lakeside Tea Chalet on Hampden Park Drive.
2nd September 2012
Shinewater Healthy Walk
A fantastic opportunity to get some gentle exercise, get fitter and tone-up for FREE.
A short friendly walk in the fresh air, meeting new people.
Every Friday, 10:30-11:30am.
Meet outside the Co-op in Milfoil Drive.
For more information, contact Paula Hubens:
Gentle Exercise Classes at the Venton Centre
Would you like to learn a simple set of exercises to help reduce stress, tension and improve your health and vitality?
Qigong Shibashi can help you achieve this. Gentle, slow graceful movements practised by millions worldwide to enhance and promote good health.
Movements can be adapted to suit everybody and are also beneficial for those who wish to remain seated.
The class meets on Wednesdays from 3 - 4 pm at the Venton Centre - Cost £3
Why not give it a try and improve your health?
To register your interest please contact reception at Age Concern Eastbourne on 01323-638474.
Health and Well-being in East Sussex – have your say!
The East Sussex Health and Well-being Board have launched a consultation to help develop a Health and Well-being Strategy for the county.
A consultation document Healthy Lives, Healthy People sets out the Board’s vision and the priorities it proposes to focus on over the next three years.
You can download a copy of the consultation document and survey or fill in an online survey via the website. A two page summary of the consultation document and Easy Read versions of the priorities and survey are available. A supporting information document is also available for those interested in the strategy development process and evidence base.
The Board are interested in the views of everyone – residents, patients, service users, carers, commissioners and service providers – about whether they have chosen the best areas on which to concentrate their efforts over the next three years.
I do hope you will take part in this important consultation and help to promote it by sending details on to anyone you know who is interested or involved in promoting health and well-being in the county.
The consultation closes on 14 September 2012. There will be a chance to comment on the draft strategy when it is published in October. A final strategy and action plan will be published in December.
30th May 2012
Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) takes place between 10 -16 June 2012. The week is a UK wide initiative lead by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and aims to highlight the importance cervical screening plays in the prevention of cervical cancer.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s only charity solely focussing on offering support and information to those affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. It also run UK wide awareness and prevention campaigns and is hugely grateful to the support it receive from many health professionals who have promoted previous Awareness Weeks.
- A number of information materials are provide free of charge – you can see a full range on the online resource centre. Should you wish to order materials you can do this directly from the website, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7936 7498.
- Applications are open for the 3rd year of the Cervical Screening Awards. The Awards aim to find the best local cervical screening campaigns. To find out more about the awards and how to apply go to:
- During CSAW the charity will be undertaking a number of initiatives including running a UK wide prevention campaign - more details will be revealed about the campaign towards the end of May and announced on the CSAW website page.
The week will be rounded off by the annual 5k sponsored Walk for Fun on Saturday 16 June. Walks will take place in eight different locations across the UK: Cardiff, Dundee, Gateshead, London, Manchester, Peterborough and Southampton.
Your Personal Best
Your Personal Best is a national awareness campaign developed and funded by GSK, official laboratory services provider for London 2012, in association with NHS London. It aims to inspire the 7.78 million people over 55 with long term health conditions in the UK to lead a more active lifestyle.
Keeping active can be a challenge if you have a long term health condition, but it can make a significant difference to your health and well-being and may also ease your symptoms.
If you feel like your condition is holding you back from leading a more active lifestyle and you are over 55 years old, then the Your Personal Best campaign, inspired by the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, is here to help you with simple advice on how to become more active.
TV personality and dance coach Len Goodman and TV presenter Arlene Phillips are the celebrity faces of Your Personal Best.
Ladies Keep Fit Classes
Eastbourne Cultural Communities Network is offering Keep Fit Classes for ladies at the Central Methodist Church, Langley Road, Eastbourne on Mondays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm.
Classes are run by experienced instructors, to International music, at a cost of just £2 per session.
For more information, call 01323-735772 or 07773-844732.
24th August 2011
Gentle exercise in a warm pool, led by an experienced instructor.
Improve your stamina, suppleness and strength. Very good for easing stiff joints and providing greater mobility.
Enhance your sleep and quality of rest.
Every Monday and Friday morning, at the Best Western Hotel, York House, Royal Parade.
For more information, call Virginia: 07530-355841
28th June 2011
East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre needs Volunteers
The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre provides many services for people with hearing loss, and its volunteers help out in several different ways in their local areas.
Its main role is providing hearing aid maintenance (all training and equipment provided), but volunteers are also needed to help with Hard of Hearing Groups and Deafblind Groups.
For more information, please contact the Volunteer Development Manager, Janice Brown, at 8 St Leonard's Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH.
9th April 2011
Directory of Counsellors and Physiotherapists
A website has been set up, the purpose of which is to ultimately provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help.
The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics.
Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism
22nd February 2011
East Sussex Wheelchair Service User Group
The group provides a proactive link between users, carers, parents of children who use the service and the service providers and commissioners.
It aims to
• To work in partnership with the East Sussex Wheelchair and Special Seating Service to develop high quality standards and practices.
• To Inform the East Sussex Wheelchair and Special Seating Service on issues that affect wheelchair users in the county and feedback users experience of the Service.
• To host an internet discussion board and a weekly chat room
• To hold user surveys, produce reports and make recommendations to the East Sussex Wheelchair and Special Seating Service.
• To hold meetings and organise focus groups. Registration as a member is free of charge.
Registration forms are available on receipt of a stamped self addressed envelope from:
East Sussex Wheelchair Service Users Group,
Hastings and Rother PCT,
East Sussex TN40 2DZ.
or by e-mail > >
10th February 2011
Move It or Lose It
Julie Robinson (B. Ed in Physical Education, NVQ II and III in chair based exercises and Extend), specialist teacher of exercise for older or less able people has produced a DVD, 'Move It or Lose It' to help people who would normally find exercise difficult.
Julie said: “The idea for this DVD comes from my clients. From classes in community centres to retirement homes, from Age Concern projects to hospice courses, so many people have said they want to follow the routines at home but can’t remember what to do! So the first Move it or Lose it routine is aimed at those who need to exercise safely whilst seated so they can build their strength, mobility and confidence.”
The DVD, which costs £10.00 (plus £1.50 p&p) can be purchased online from the Move It or Lose It website or by cheque (£11.50 per DVD including P&P) - payable to Move it or Lose it Ltd sent to:
PO BOX 15200,
Birmingham, B42 9GA.
Please remember to include your delivery address if you send a cheque:
More information: 0800 612 0450 - your call is free.
Website > >
13th January 2011
Loving and Sex for Older Adults
There is a common belief that your sex drive simply disappears as you get older. In reality many older people remain interested in sex. It can play an important role in their life, whether they are in a long term relationship or are embarking on a new one.
A healthy sex life is more than the physical activity, sex can also help people to feel wanted, trusted, treasured and alive.
Statins: The new Normal?
Statins are widely used in the UK, so much so that taking these preventive drugs now seems to be the norm for people over 50.
Researchers at the Universities of Sussex are interested in investigating the experience of people taking statins for heart health, especially at the ‘low’ doses of 10mg or 20mg, whether bought over the counter in pharmacies, or prescribed by a doctor.
They would like to arrange interviews to talk about the things that prompted you to take these drugs and your experiences with them. These interviews could be arranged at a time and place to suit you (they would come to you) and they can give a small sum (£25) to recognise the time and effort that this might involve.
If you are interested in taking part please contact Dr Catherine Will by email or by phone on 01273-678449."
Resumption of Age Concern East Sussex’s Toenail Cutting Service
We have received this letter from Tracy Whittle, Health & Community Development Manager for AgeUK.
"Further to my earlier letter in July, I am writing to update you on the outcome of the Service review.
I am pleased to announce that Age Concern East Sussex will be registering its Toenail Cutting Service with the Care Quality Commission.
Previously we had been informed that as new providers this process could take up to 12 weeks. However, we have recently been notified that we can resume the Service as soon as the Care Quality Commission is in receipt of the registration documents.
As we anticipate this process to be completed over the next few weeks, we should be able to resume the home visiting aspect of the Toenail Cutting Service by the 31st October.
Please note that as the home visiting service is suspended up to that point, all new referrals will be placed on a waiting list. Toenail cutting at venues remains unaffected."
To make a referral for toenail cutting please contact Helen Doran, Toenail Cutting Service Coordinator.
Telephone: (01273) 476704 ext. 230
The Over Fifty-Fives (TOFFs)
The Eastbourne campus of Brighton University has a special membership option for the general public in its TOFFs programme. The Programme specifically caters for local residents over the age of fifty five. This includes exclusive classes, pool and gym times as well as other health and well being initiatives.
- 25m swimming pool with 3m deep end. See the TOFF's timetable above for exclusive times. See the timetable for the most up to date programme.
- Large 6 court sports hall marked for badminton, basketball and volleyball.
- 36 Station Fitness suite with a designated cardiovascular area packed with bikes, treadmills, and rowers, cross-trainers and steppers. Free weights range from 2-40kg with 15 resistance stations.
- 30 Seat Meeting room with direct access to the Sports Hall and extensive foyer. Full multi-media integration.
- Artificial outdoor pitch. Marked for Football, Hockey and Lacrosse.
- Three gymnasiums available for exercise classes, badminton, football, basketball, gymnastics, children’s parties.
- Range of exercise classes and open pay and play swim qualification and sport sessions available.
- A fantastic restaurant on site offering teas, coffees and meals.
- Health Assessments measuring Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Body Composition.
- Personal fitness programmes are available with a fitness professionals.
28th June 2010
Taking Care of Your Hearing Aid
According to The Royal National Institute for Deaf People, there are in total 8,945,000 deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK and in total 1.4m wear some type of hearing aid on a daily basis. Hearing aids are innovative micro-computers which could cost up to £1,500. To ensure you get many years use out of the device, correct care and maintenance should be a priority.
25th May 2010
Health and Well-being Facts and Figures
- A man aged 65 living in the South East can expect to live another 18.4 years, a woman 21 years - the highest life expectancy in England.
- The main cause of death in the South East for those aged 65 to 74 is cancer, for those aged 75 and over it is circulatory disease.
- An estimated 20% of men and 28% of women aged 65 and over in the South East have one or more falls each year, the second and third lowest figures respectively in England.
- According to GP records, over 36,700 people in the South East have been diagnosed with dementia: however, based on estimates in the National Dementia Strategy, there are more likely to be 92,700 people in the region with dementia.
- It is estimated that only 35% of people aged 65 and over in the South East consume the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
26th March 2010
ESF was proactive on your behalf in making representations to the local NHS Trust on the issue of the limited availability of essential drugs for stroke victims. We are, therefore, delighted that it has been reported in the latest HOSC newsletter that the 'clot busting' medication, Thrombolysis, will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from 1st April 2010.
Also in the HOSC newsletter:
- Mental health proposals out for consultation
- HOSC to monitor maternity progress
- Stroke care recommendations on track
- Radiotherapy could be coming to East Sussex
- Mental health development looks secure
- Rural health report now available
Health and Well-being Focus Group launched
On Tuesday 17th March, the Eastbourne Seniors Forum (ESF) successfully launched its Health and Well-being Focus Group at Eastbourne’s Congress Suite. The event, which was supported by about 25 exhibitors from the private and public sector, featured two performances by the Pyramid Theatre Company of Pete Lawson’s play “Big Little Heart”. Not only was the event well attended by members, but 40 people took the opportunity to join the ESF at the event.
Members watching the performance
The play follows the fight by Maria to recover from the devastating effects of a stroke and the pressures and impact that her illness has on her husband Andy and daughter Lindsay. It shows how by adjusting to their new circumstances and working together the family supports Maria’s recovery to a near normal life. All parts of the play are performed by three actors, Katrina Beckford, Shaun McGowan and Anna Vickers. Following the performance, members of the audience were given the opportunity to question the cast members, in character, about their experiences during the period.
Katrina Beckford, Shaun McGowan and Anna Vickers
The packed audience was joined for the morning performance by the Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Cllr. David Tutt and his colleague Cllr. Carolyn Heaps, both of whom were moved by the emotional and emotive performances.
Steve Thornett and Cllrs. Tutt and Heaps enter into the spirit of the day
Later in the day, the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastbourne, Cllr and Mrs Greg Szanto paid a visit to the event to meet the members and tour the exhibits.
The Mayor and Mayoress visiting the WRVS display
After the performance Cllr. Tutt said: "I was pleased to be able to attend the Seniors Forum and see the performance of the Pyramid Theatre Company. This was not only extremely powerful but also amusing and thought provoking. It did much to raise awareness of the impact that a stroke can have on both the individual concerned and their family. I congratulate both the players and the Forum for staging it.
I have also been invited to attend the ESF AGM in July to say a few words about some of the initiatives that the Borough Council are taking and to answer and questions Forum members may have, this I will be delighted to do. If there are any specific issues members would like me to address, please let me know either by e-mail email@example.com or by writing to me at the Town Hall, Grove Road Eastbourne BN21 4UG
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