NEW DATE! East Staffordshire “8 to Hydrate” Pharmacy Launch
Monday, 13 November, 2017 7.00pm - refreshments available from 6.30pm
East Staffordshire Childrens' Centre, Waterloo Street, Burton upon Trent DE14 2NJ
NEW DATE ANNOUNCEMENT!
The importance of staying hydrated – particularly for older people – cannot be underestimated. Dehydration can cause people to be more sleepy, unsteady on their feet and more likely to suffer from falls but symptoms are often hard to recognise.
Each year, many older people in East Staffordshire end up requiring medical treatment or even hospital admission as a result of not drinking enough fluid throughout the day.
The “8 to Hydrate” campaign has been organised by Virgin Care and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust alongside partners South Staffs Water, East Staffordshire CCG, Staffordshire County Council and Age UK South Staffordshire, and has been designed to raise awareness of the early symptoms and signs of dehydration and to provide information on how to prevent it. There is a particular focus on older people – who are more likely to suffer complications and require medical treatment if they become dehydrated.
Community pharmacies are ideally placed to provide advice and support to vulnerable patients on hydration, and Virgin Care are seeking the support of community pharmacies and their teams in promoting this to patients and customers – and are also keen on getting feedback from pharmacies on the impact of the campaign.
Gillian Rudge, Community Dietitian, will be launching the campaign to community pharmacies at an event at the East Staffordshire Children’s Centre, Waterloo Street, Burton on Monday 13th November at 7pm; the event will seek to engage community pharmacists and their support staff to understand:
- What adequate hydration is, and why it is important
- Signs and symptoms of dehydration
- How you can help patients prevent dehydration
- Support and resources available