Hastings & Area Support Group

 

All Welcome National Osteoporosis Society Members £2, Visitors £3 per meeting. 

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For more information on this support group, please contact 07856 677370 or email: nos.hastings@yahoo.co.uk

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Chair: Edward Henderson FRCP

(Retired Rheumatology Consultant)

Secretary: Janet Turner

Treasurer: Sally Henderson

Fundraising/Publicity: Liz Jeffries

Team Members: Linda Burton & Marion Brazier

Medical Advisor: Dr Binodh C Bhaskaran MRCS MRCGP

Rheumatology Specialist Nurse Advisor: Elly Fielder 

Venue: unless otherwise stated: The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, TN34 1JU

 

July 2018 – Tai Chi

Mark Long, an experienced Acupuncturist and Tai Chi teacher, came to talk to the members about Tai Chi and gave a brief instruction class, on some of the basic movements that were suitable for people with osteoporosis.

Based on insightful laws of nature and physics, Chinese medicine gives us a complex detailed understanding of the body’s energetic balance, and can help to resolve an incredibly wide range of health issues.

The body is viewed as a whole, completely connected to the mind and spirit. Only when all are in harmony will we truly enjoy good health and longevity, coupled with a sense of freedom, fluidity and peace through our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

The members were delighted to be put through their paces, in a very relaxed manner. Handouts, containing instructions of how to recreate the movements at home, were given to members.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session, with some members keen to learn more about this type of exercise.

The afternoon concluded with tea & biscuits, not to mention a good natter!

June 2018 – Asda

Janet (secretary) & Liz (Fundraising/publicity) went along to receive a £200 cheque, from Asda Manager, under the “Nominate a cause” scheme

The group were thrilled to receive the cheque from Asda. Their plan is to use the money to sponsor local health professionals to complete “Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training”.

 

May 2018 – DXA

Sally Goldup, Fracture Liaison Specialist Nurse, kindly stepped in at short notice to cover the talk on DXA.
The members were very interested to find out more about the new DXA scanner at the Station Plaza, Hastings

Sally covered areas such as; what is a bone density scan, what is the scan measuring and how it does it, what can you expect when you have a scan, what will my results tell me and what happens after a scan.

The members were given handouts “Bone Density Scanning and Osteoporosis”, to compliment the talk (these can also downloaded from the NOS website)..

 The afternoon finished with a cup of tea..

 

 

 

We welcome you again and look forward to sharing our events in 2018.

2017 was a very exciting time for us when we had the introduction of two new Services, which will be of great support to our members. There is now a new DXA Scanner based in the Station Plaza and a new Fracture Liaison Service running at The Conquest Hospital. The Team is pleased to have been involved in the discussion processes and we have established good working relationships with all concerned. Also new, are the Hydro Pool sessions at the Conquest Hospital, which are proving very popular.

After three years Margit has decided to step down as Chair. We are all very grateful to Margit for her support and wish her well in her retirement; no doubt we will see her at some meetings.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Edward Henderson, whom some of you will know, as our new Chair and Dr Binodh, who will be joining the team as our new Medical Advisor. Dr Binodh, GP at Little Common Surgery and is Hastings and Rother CCG lead for Diabetes and Musculoskeletal Conditions.

We shall continue with our Fundraising and Awareness Days, looking for ways to develop partnerships with others, such as doctors’ surgeries and Care Homes, to make more people aware of what we can offer as a local support group. If you can help the team in any way to continue to raise our profile, then please let us know. Being a Team member is fun and not onerous!

With best wishes to you all

Programme 2018

Friday 26th January
Dexa Launch
Place: Station Plaza, Hastings
  
Monday 19th March
Medication and Osteoporosis
Janki Patel, Pharmacist, Conquest Hospital
Place:The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, TN34 1JU
Time:2.30pm 
NB:Booking Essential as places are limited

Monday 21st May
DXA
Prina Patel, Radiographer Diagnostic
Place:The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, TN34 1JU
Time: 2.30pm
NB:Booking Essential as places are limited

Monday 16th July
Tai Chi
Mark Long, 
Place:The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, TN34 1JU
Time:2.30pm
NB:Booking Essential as places are limited

Monday 3rd September
Osteoporosis: “Your Questions Answered”
Dr Binodh MRCS MRCGP
Place:White Rock Hotel, Hastings, TN34 1JU
Time:2.30pm 
Booking Essential as places are limited
NB:A short Group Update will be given before the talk

Monday 22nd October
World Osteoporosis Day
Fund Raising Event - All the Fun of the Fair!
Plus
Post Fracture Management of Osteoporosis
Sally Goldup, Fracture Liaison Specialist Nurse
Place:The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, TN34 1JU
Time: 2.30pm 
NB:Booking Essential as places are limited         

Friday 30th November
Christmas Lunch
Place:Sussex Coast College, Hastings
Time:12.30 for 1pm
Cost: TBA - Booking Essential as places are limited
NB:Christmas Raffle

Group Activities

Warming up for the Hastings Half Marathon On the 30th January 2016 Hastings & Area Osteoporosis support group were warming up for the Hastings Half Marathon which will take place on the 20th March 2016. Congratulations to runners Anton Zetterholm and John O'Toole who were presented with #LACEUPFORBONES laces.

The Hastings & Area Osteoporosis Support Group kick started their first meeting of the year with a donation from Battle & Villages Lions Club. The Battle & Villages Lions Club president together with Wendy Cattaway, kindly presented a laptop and projector to Dr Edward Henderson, Chair of the group, on Monday 19th March.

For some time now a laptop and projector has been on the group’s wish list, as it would enable the group to be able to give professional presentations to their members. It would also be a useful additional tool at Awareness Day events.

The group were thrilled to receive this equipment and are very grateful to the Battle & Villages Lions for their support. Thanks also go to KC Computers Ltd.

Gill Tapp, Hastings & Area Group member won first prize in the Grand 15th Birthday Raffle, for a tour of the BBC South East Today Studios.

Janet Turner (secretary) accompanied Gill Tapp to the studios (Tunbridge Wells) and was met by Polly Evans, Co presenter of the South East Today News Programme. She showed Gill and Janet around the studios, taking in the cutting room, make-up, newsroom and studio. A quick stop at Radio Kent was also included. Then it was off to meet the stars of the show, Polly Evans and co presenter Rob Smith, together with weather girl Rachel Mackley, who gave them a good insight of the workings of the programme. The two Hastings members also spoke to Natalie Graham (reporter for the programme). After a cup of tea, it was off to the gallery to watch how the live show is put together.

Gill Tapp said "it is the best Raffle Prize I have ever won!!" It was a truly super day not to have missed!! 

Hastings Area Support Group: Asda

The Hastings and Area Support Group, was one of the “Nominate a Cause” charities for ASDA who would ask their customers to choose between three charities during the months of May & June.  You can imagine how thrilled the Group were when Janet Turner, Group Secretary attended the presentation at the end of the month to be told that they were in fact “The Chosen Charity” and presented with a cheque for £200.

Christmas Lunch 2017

Hastings Support group enjoying their Christmas lunch

Diet & Osteoporosis talk given by Lesley Houston on the 3rd of April

Lesley showing members what foods are rich in calcium and the amount we require each day.

The group’s first meeting of the year was held at its new venue, The White Rock Hotel. Members were treated to a very informative talk on “Diet & Osteoporosis” given by Lesley Houston, Senior Dietician.

Members quote; “Lesley is an excellent Speaker and certainly clarified various things I have queried before”.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, which was round off with tea & biscuits.  

Hydro Session – April 2017

Memebers enjoying a taster session at the local Hydro pool

 After nearly two years of planning the end is near for regular Hydro Pool session for Hastings members.

 

Link to The Foot & Osteoporosis – May 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Bones Health: The role of exercise in Osteoporosis - July 2017

 

A really packed meeting with three interesting talks given by: - Dr Carol McCrum, Consultant Physiotherapist, Anna Carter, Clinical Lead MSK Aquatic Physiotherapist and Sally Goldup, Fracture Liaison Specialist Nurse.

Dr Mc Crum gave an overview of osteoporosis including diet, drugs and how exercise is important, in preventing fractures, reducing pain, increasing muscle strength, improving balance, your sense of wellbeing, cognitive (brain) function and maintaining/improving posture. Added to which, it helps reduce the risk of falls and retaining bone strength.

Adults should be doing 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week. They should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week. Older adults (over the age of 65) who are at risk of falls should also incorporate specific exercise to improve balance and co-ordination on at least two days a week and reduce the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.

Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise programme if you have osteoporosis and are unsure how your diagnosis may affect what you can or can’t do. Wear comfortable flat shoes or trainers and comfortable clothes. Make sure you have enough space to move and that the room temperature is set to make sure you will not be too hot or too cold. Always use gentle excises to warm up before you begin your main exercise.

Our next speaker was Anna Cater, who spoke to the group about water based exercise as opposed to land based. This is one of the best ways to exercise for osteoporosis sufferers. It builds confidence, because you cannot hurt yourself in water. You apply forces to your bones through weight bearing, which helps improve muscle strength. Exercise in water helps give you more flexibility, range of movement, posture, strength and mobility.

Our final speaker was Sally Goldup, who gave our members an overview of the new Fracture Liaison Service that will be starting in the Hastings area soon. 

The afternoon concluded with members chatting over a cup of tea and biscuits.

Fracture Liaison Service Update – October 2017

Sally Goldup gave a general update on how the service is going and about the new DXA for Hastings. She then answered questions that members raised and talked about the medications. The members were joined by our Rheumatology Nurse Elly Fielder, Biologist Nurse Debbie Wood and the Hastings committee.

It was a very useful meeting, which the members thoroughly enjoyed. The afternoon finished with tea and biscuits.

29 members and guests attended our Christmas lunch at the Sussex Coast College. The students treated us to a superb 3 course lunch, rounded off with coffee and mince pies.

Everyone had an enjoyable time, with the Christmas raffle raising £90.

Christmas at the Hydro Pool - December 2017

Hastings & Area hydro members enjoying some Christmas cheer!

The Launch of the new DXA Scanner

The Hastings & Area Osteoporosis Support Group is extremely excited to announce the launch of a new DXA Scanner service for NHS patients in Hastings. Please see attached photo. 

Retired Rheumatology Consultant Dr Ed Henderson, who initially identified the need for this service some 15 years ago, was present to cut the ribbon. The group’s committee were also in attendance together with; Prina Patel, Radiographer Diagnostic, Teo Vogiartis, Rheumatology Specialist Nurse, Elly Fielder and Fracture Prevention Assistant, Karen Crossan. 

Hastings & Area Osteoporosis Support Group Local Ambassador Polly Evans (BBC South East Today), was unable to attend, but said” Congratulations on the new scanner for Hastings, what a tribute to the efforts of you and other local campaigners. A much needed service. Good luck on the 26th January!”

March 2018 – Battle & Villages Lions Club

The Hastings & Area Osteoporosis Support Group kick started their first meeting of the year with a donation from Battle & Villages Lions Club. The Battle & Villages Lions Club president together with Wendy Cattaway, kindly presented a laptop and projector to Dr Edward Henderson, Chair of the group, on Monday 19th March.

For some time now a laptop and projector has been on the group’s wish list, as it would enable the group to be able to give professional presentations to their members. It would also be a useful additional tool at Awareness Day events.

The group were thrilled to receive this equipment and are very grateful to the Battle & Villages Lions for their support. Thanks also go to KC Computers Ltd.

March 2018 – Medication & Osteoporosis

Janki Patel, Lead Rheumatology Pharmacist, Conquest Hospital, gave a very interesting talk about medication and osteoporosis.

The members had a very informative afternoon and learned a great deal; especially that it is considered good practice for doctors/pharmacists to review all your medications on an annual basis.

The afternoon finished with a chat with friends, whilst enjoying tea and biscuits.

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