Nurses: This month's representative from the PCH specialist Care Nurse Team was Clare. Clare said the Team as ever are very busy. Hinchingbrooke has now six full time staff, however there are four members of the team on long term sick leave. The PCH team from April will be running more clinics. Clare said there was a shortage of
radiographers. Staff at Peterborough may be called to go over to Hinchingbrooke. There has been no change with the surgeons on the staff team.
Questions: Denise asked about mammograms for the over 70's. The procedure is that you still need to call for an
appointment and you should have one every 3 years.
This Month's Speaker: Gillian Sloss: Clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. Gillian works from the Wellness Clinic in Werrington. She talked about the conscious brain which is the logical thinking part of our brain. She said there is the primitive part of the brain which is activated if we sense we are in danger, the flight/fight mode. When anxiety increases the brain moves into this mode and if this is sustained it can cause long term issues such as anger and depression. It is not healthy for the mind to be in a constant state of high alert and the mind needs to be calmed. Gillian ended her talk by doing a relaxation session with the Group using hypnotherapy which everyone said was very beneficial and relaxing. Gillian said that she can run group relaxation sessions at Werrington for the Group if they wished. She also said she would email a relaxation recording to members.