Dropping the drugs: Who? What? Why?

Dropping the drugs: Who? What? Why?.

Polypharmacy has always been a bugbear of mine. It causes harm, isn’t effective for the conditions that the prescriber is attempting to manage, and of course is costly.

My mum and dad have a pharmacy worth of pills,potions and lotions n their kitchen cupboard. They are typical of folks of their generation, the GP adds to the list everytime they visit.


New quality standards to help care homes manage medicines safely and prevent falls in older people | News and features | News | NICE

New quality standards to help care homes manage medicines safely and prevent falls in older people | News and features | News | NICE.

Inquest opens into death of resident at Immacolata Care Home, Somerton.

What's happening in Somerset Care Homes.

The Western Gazette reports the opening of the inquest on 19th January 2015. John Weldin, aged 83, was found hanging at the care home on 6th January 2015.

He had moved into the home after the death of his wife in 2011.

The inquest was opened on 8th January and adjourned for further investigation.

The Western Gazette Story can be found here

More about Immacolata Care Home, run by Notaro Care Homes, can be found on the company’s website.

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Book Review: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

I will have to get this one on my Chrsitmas list. Feisty is a word that also bugs me, and seems to have a positive meaning but is used in a negative way. I hope I’m still feisty in my eighties/nineties!

British Geriatrics Society

Shane O’Hanlon is a Consultant Geriatrician (Surgical Liaison and Cancer Care), Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. 

As a geriatrician who works with surgeons every day, I was intrigued to see what Atul Gawande’s latest book had to say – apparently it was all about what happens in later life. But was it just a misguided attempt by a surgeon to write a book on geriatric medicine?

Gawande has been a general surgeon and a professor at Harvard for over a decade. During that time he began writing for the New Yorker, and is now well known in patient safety circles for his successful books “Complications” and “The Checklist Manifesto”. He is seen as a sensible writer who doesn’t shy away from talking about his own mistakes. This humble approach also pervades “Being Mortal”, which considers how healthcare treats the old and dying, and asks “What really matters…

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A tiny bit of Garden History – 25 days until the vote

So much of this article mirrors my own experience, thoughts and plans. Watch this space.

just imagine..

I have been alluding to the history of gardens as therapeutic and healing environments over the last couple of days with a view to writing about them. The concept of gardens contributing to healing and wellbeing appears intuitive, a logical conclusion to reach given that, for most of us, the desire to enjoy the outdoors in some way forms a fundamental part of our everyday existence. This seems a bold statement but when considering the original idea of campaigning for a garden I began to mentally list all of the different ways in which being outdoors featured in most of our lives. There were of course too many to list here which is far from surprising, but what may seem surprising is that somewhere in the more recent past, the idea of the outdoors being integral to healing, both physical and mental, became less emphatic and therapeutic outdoor spaces seemed…

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