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Covid-19 Update

Face Coverings

From 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.
A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

New measures to increase services
Our staff have been working hard to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the safety and quality of our services for all patients.
Just like the rest of the NHS, our number one priority for the last few months has been ensuring that all those who need urgent care - not just those with coronavirus - have been able to get it when they need it.  Combined with the need to avoid unnecessary contact to reduce the spread of the virus, this has meant that some non-urgent appointments may have been postponed, and others delivered differently using technology.
We are now preparing to gradually increase some important face-to-face services, but only where this can be done safely - the virus is still circulating and we don’t want to put our patients, the public or our staff at greater risk.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.



Health promotion

Living an active lifestyle


An active lifestyle is important through your life to maximise your health and quality of life.

Staying active over 65

Staying active over 65 is really important, not just because it helps protect against a number of health problems including heart disease and diabetes but because staying active and strong means you are more likely to have a better quality of life as you age and will be able to stay independent for longer.

The NHS has published activity guidelines for the over 65's here.

The recommendations are 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week


Strength exercises for 2 or more days a week.

You may be wondering why strength exercises are important over the age of 65.

As we get older our ability to develop new muscle in response to training naturally reduces. If we don't maintain what we have we will begin to loose our muscle mass and it will be very hard to recover this.

Having a reduced muscle mass and strength in the big muscles of our bodies can predispose us to a risk of falls as we get older and therefore can be a threat to our independence in later life.

So what should I do?

You could join a gym and partcipate in classes or use the weight machines to build/maintain strength.

You could follow the NHS studio leg strengthening program by clicking on the image below:


You could join a Tai Chi class. To get a taste of Tai Chi and learn some basics moves watch the video below.