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Great news for Rotherham Public carers in Rotherham! Health Annual Report

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arers across Rotherham are to get their own centre where they can access advice, guidance and facilities. The new centre at Drummond Street will be on one level with two private rooms. It will provide advice and support for all carers of all ages throughout the borough – estimated to be about 30,000. The new centre, which is due to be fitted out soon, is the result of consultation with carers last year. Located near to facilities such as the bus station, library, and council offices and with a high number of disabled parking bays available close by, the new centre will have a ramped access and powered doors. With a floor space of nearly 100m², it will be open plan with desks, meeting and relaxation areas. Diane Swanson of Carers4Carers said: “I feel very excited about Rotherham’s new carers centre. What a difference it will make to the carers of Rotherham to have ownership, to have somewhere to go and find out about relevant up-to-date information or be signposted to a service that you need. “It will act as a springboard for all of Rotherham, raise awareness of so-called “hidden” carers and link communities across the borough. “Well done for all of the hard work put into this project by MPs, the carers’ champion, councillors, commissioners, council staff and, of course, the carers

who have wanted this service for such a long time.” Margaret Moore (56) from Treeton, who suffered a heart attack in September, cares for her husband, her son and her son’s partner who has cerebral palsy. “I’m pleased that carers are being listened to and the council is doing something to help meet our needs,” she said. “I already meet with other carers on a regular basis for a coffee and a chat and it’s wonderful to be able to talk to people in the same situation as you. “It will be good to have a dedicated carers centre and somewhere to go for advice and support. The new centre will make such a difference to a lot of people’s lives.” Local solicitors Howells have already donated £1,000 towards the project. Howells will also be providing services within the centre based around legal advice and advocacy. Mary Rose Macadam, Head of Howells’ Rotherham office, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Rotherham carers centre as we know from our own experience of providing legal advice to carers how important it is to have someone to talk to who understands the challenges they are facing. “To have this facility in the heart of Rotherham where people can come together, share problems and experiences and get advice and information all under one roof will be invaluable.”

REDUCING THE RISK OF SUDDEN INFANT DEATH Sudden Infant Death Sudden Infant Death Syndrome occurs when a baby dies unexpectedly whilst sleeping. Nationally over 300 babies a year still die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The risk of SIDS is increased if parents or carers smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs and where parents share their bed with their baby. Overheating of the baby by overwrapping is also a significant factor. SIDS occurs in the first year of life and babies at around 3-6 months are most at risk. Every year in Rotherham 3 or 4 babies die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. These deaths occur because babies at this age are very vulnerable to their surroundings. Some SIDS deaths are due to factors we do not yet understand and cannot be prevented. The most important things that can be done to reduce the risk of SIDS are to sleep a new baby in its own cot on its back and if you have drunk alcohol or taken drugs do not sleep with your baby in your bed or on a sofa. What is happening in Rotherham? NHS Rotherham has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of it happening. NHS Rotherham, Rotherham Council and Rotherham Safeguarding Board are actively working to ensure that all staff who work with families have the knowledge and confidence to discuss this important and sensitive issue with parents and carers at every opportunity. What is the advice? • The safest place for baby to sleep during the first six months is in their own cot in the parents or carers bedroom . • Babies should be placed to sleep on their backs with their feet at the foot of the cot to prevent them from wriggling under the covers and their heads becoming covered. • Babies should not become overheated: the room temperature should be kept at 16-18°C. • Never sleep with a baby on a sofa or armchair. • Consider settling your baby to sleep with a dummy as this can reduce the risk. • Never take drugs or alcohol when you are caring for your baby as this can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death. • Do not expose your baby to cigarette smoke as this can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death. If you are concerned that your baby is unwell don’t hesitate to contact your Health Visitor, GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647. If you would like further information on keeping your baby safe please contact Tracy Moore on 01709 302080 tracy.moore@rotherham.nhs.uk or visit the Foundation for The Study of Infant Death website www.fsid.org.uk

SWEET ART: Members of Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) took to the streets to sell cakes and raise money for the launch of a mini arts hub which opened this month in Imperial Buildings. ROAR employee Tair Rafiq produced home-made cakes, biscuits and pastries to tempt the tastebuds of passers-by. ROAR has leased four units at the former Victorian market building to create an arts hub for exhibitions, workshops, art for sale, music and cultural activity and other events.

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March 2010

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NHS Rotherham Public Health Annual Report - Sudden Infant Death