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People are therefore urged to avoid unnecessary visits to A&E and, unless they are a real emergency, consider a more appropriate course of action, including seeking advice from community pharmacists, using over the counter remedies for common minor ailments such as coughs and colds, or making an appointment with their GP.
GPs should be the first port of call – people are asked not to come to A&E as an alternative to seeing their GP. There is also the option to call NHS 111, a free telephone service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, supported by trained advisers and medical staff.
For patients who do need to attend the emergency department, our staff are working extremely hard to ensure they are cared for appropriately and provide them with the best possible service. The Trust asks people to bear with them during this extremely busy time while staff prioritise patients according to their clinical need.
More information on local health services can be found at www.nhs.uk
The vascular team at Frimley Park Hospital has introduced a new stent graft system, known as the Nellix system, for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
This type of aneurysm is a swelling or bulging of the aorta (the largest blood vessel in the body) in the abdomen, and is more common in men over 65 years of age. If an aneurysm gets too big, surgery is required to stop it from rupturing.
The first patient was successfully treated with a Nellix device on 30 June at Frimley Park by a team comprising consultant interventional radiologist Dr Jeremy Taylor, consultant vascular and endovascular surgeons Mr Neville Dastur and Mr Patrick Chong, with input from Mr Paul Hayes from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Neville Dastur explained: “Minimally invasive techniques such as endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) to treat AAA are well established and offer a less traumatic approach to aneurysm repair for suitable patients than open surgery.
“However, standard infra-renal EVAR devices are not suitable for all patients depending upon the exact location of the aneurysm. And a proportion will require further procedures in later years.
“The Nellix device, which has a new concept of sealing and fixation within the aneurysm sac, enables us to treat some aneurysms that previously required more costly, custom made systems. Furthermore, we hope the new system will reduce the need to re-operate on some patients.”
Patrick Chong agreed and added: “We have great surgical outcomes in aortic surgery for our team of vascular surgeons on the National Vascular Registry and this new stent graft adds another useful option to our wide range of treatments against aneurysms available here at Frimley Park Hospital.”
As an accredited regional vascular hub, the vascular service at Frimley Park Hospital benefits from three interventional radiology suites and a dedicated endovascular hybrid operating theatre.
A team of six vascular consultants and two consultant interventional radiologists work on a rota to provide a round-the-clock emergency service at Frimley Park, seven days a week.
The centre at Frimley also provides aneurysm screening as part of the west Surrey and north Hampshire AAA screening programme.
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Very soon the streets around Frimley Park Hospital will echo to the sound of thousands of pounding footsteps as runners come together to take part in the hospital charity’s main fundraising event of the year.
For the past eight years, the hospital serving patients in Surrey, Hampshire and east Berkshire has hosted thousands of runners at its annual 10km road race and 2.5km fun run and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for hospital causes.
Now dubbed Run Frimley, this year’s race day on Sunday 4 May looks set to be bigger and better than ever with organisers hoping to attract the largest field to date, with a total of 1,300 across the two races.
All proceeds from Run Frimley 2014 will go to the hospital charity’s Breast Care Appeal, which is aiming to raise £750,000 from the community over the next three years to provide a dedicated clinic for patients and equipment that will detect breast cancer earlier.
And there’s still time to enter. Simply go to the Run Frimley website at http://www.fphcharity.org/run and follow instructions online. There are finishing medals for everyone taking part. If you sign up by Friday 25 April and pledge to raise at least £30 for the Breast Care Appeal, you also qualify for a free T-shirt for the shorter event, or a free technical running vest for the longer race.
“There is always a brilliant atmosphere on race day,” said assistant fundraising manager Nick Le Resche. “For us in fundraising it is our favourite day of the year because as well as being great fun it also shows just how much people in the community care about their local hospital.
“This year we hope it will be even better than ever. We’ve arranged more entertainment, cheerleaders, music and hopefully the biggest field we’ve ever had.
“And we are also holding the 10k roller blade road race, which we started last year and is great fun to watch.”
Both the 10km road race and 2.5km fun run have become among the biggest and best organised events of their kind in the area.
With automatic chip timing, a well-marshalled and established single loop route, on-course refreshment and great support, the longer event is valued by keen athletes and once-a-year runners alike. The shorter event is popular with fun-runners, families and fancy dress runners and is open to all ages.
There are lots of prizes on offer for race winners and best fancy dress, including a special prize for Star Wars themed costumes since the event is run on Sunday 4 May, unofficially dubbed Star Wars Day by fans of the franchise.
Once again the event has attracted fantastic community support, from individuals and businesses. Main event sponsors Cohort Technology of Basingstoke and Vickery & Co Estate Agents of Camberley have covered essential costs, so that every penny raised by runners from the day will go directly to the Breast Care Appeal.
Among the fun runners will be members of the Kindred Spirits Choir comprising local breast cancer survivors. After their 2.5k they will be entertaining the crowd.
Cove School in Farnborough has a team of 85 entered so far, mostly students, after one of their teachers was treated for breast cancer at Frimley last year.
Adding to the entertainment will be a team from Oysters Fish and Chips in Lightwater, who have been regular supporters of Frimley Park events. Last year they ran in fancy dress to raise £1,000, and this year they will be joining forces to run as a giant fish.
Many Frimley Park staff, including those from the breast care team, are also up to the challenge. This includes consultant breast surgeons Isabella Karat and Raouf Daoud and inpatient charge nurse Michele Cagney, from Farnborough.
Michele said: “I have seen the efforts of all the team, giving up their time for the cause, and I wanted to join them.”