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Reasonable Adjustments in Hospitals

The 2010 Equality Act requires services, including health services, to make "reasonable adjustments" for disabled people so that those services are equally accessible to them.

This legal requirement is especially important in the light of continued concerns about mortality amongst disabled people in hospitals. For instance, Heslop et al. (2013) showed that people with learning disabilities were dying between 13-20 years sooner than the general population, with many of those deaths avoidable and traced to insufficiencies or poor practice in health care.

A recent survey by Bristol University concerns actions taken by the NHS when treating people with disabilities. Some local residents from Herefordshire were part of this research, and a report, plus posters has now been published on the university's website. The direct link can be accessed here. Click here

Cancer Awareness event 21st March

On 21st March 2018 HDU held a Cancer Awareness event, when Macmillan attended and gave two presentations. The first on Sign & Symptons, and the second on Welfare Benefits for those who have cancer.
Here they are:
1. Signs & Symptons
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2. Welfare benefits for those with cancer:
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The Ross & District Dementia Action Alliance has been set up in South Herefordshire

So far three groups have become members, HDU is one along with Alton Street Surgery, Ross and Tecsmart Training CIC. Our aim is to ensure dementia awareness reaches organisations and businesses in the area and improve the lives of those with dementia. Following our successful dementia event on 21st June we are focusing on the urgent need to make Ross a dementia friendly market town.

There are many ways to improve the community. This could be by encouraging local shops, banks and businesses to understand how they can be more inclusive. There is a need to ensure those with dementia feel they can still be a worthy part of the community, and listened to so their future is what they wish it to be.

2018 meetings booked so far are: on Fridays 23rd February and 23rd March If you wish to find out more please contact the Steering Group Secretary, Sylvia Nicholls: 07817 473813 or email:chair@herefordshiredisabilityunited.org.uk

David Price Award

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David Price was a person who despite his own regressive disability, did as much as possible to champion the needs of those with disabilities in Herefordshire. He was the first person in this county to be awarded a Direct Payment and used his position as chair of a forward looking support group, to ensure equality and access were recognised. Unfortunately David passed away in May 2016, and now with his wife's blessing there is an annual award set up in his name.

To find out more and nominate someone during 2018 who would be worthy of this award, please check out this link. Click here to view

The 2017 winner was:Kathryn McShane, who was nominated by Maggie O'Neill, who said:
"I am a wheelchair- user disabled by Polio since the age of 5. I am now experiencing Post Polio Syndrome and have recently suffered a stroke.
On my return from hospital Kathryn has gone above and beyond the normal requirements of the job, adapting items within the home to help me retain my independence, and dignity, keeping me positive and my spirits up against new challenges.
She even cancelled her holiday to ensure continuity of care!

Here Kathryn can be seen receiving her award from Christine Price, with Maggie O'Neill on 15th November.

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HDU awarded funding from The Big Lottery

We are pleased to announce we have recently received funding from The Ross on Wye Lions, and The Freemasons ( December 2017)as well as Awards For All in April 2017, to continue the events which HDU has established over the past five years.
We hold open meetings, seminars and conferences to ensure good networking and information are shared across the county. HDU has always sought to unite service users and their family carers with commissioners, public services, and support organisations to beneift all. We are very grateful to The Big Lottery for this grant.

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