Lewis Manning House is a Cancer Day Care Centre, which is located at a beautiful
area of Poole. It overlooks Poole Harbour and has views of Sandbanks and Brownsea
Island. Besides caring for people living with cancer they also care for people living
with MND (Motor Neurone Disease). The facilities are outstanding and the help and
care from the staff are outstanding as well. The pictures below will give you some
idea of the beautiful house and the incredible views from the garden.
These two ramblings are a little more on the ’wild side’ but worth it for their views.
The first is from STUDLAND to OLD HARRY along the cliff top with views of Bournemouth
Bay and up to the distant Isle of Wight. The start is the car park by the Bank’s
Arms, down the road to the toilet and then up a rough path for the first 50yds. It
is not suitable for a wheelchair but going slowly on my scooter, which has only 3”
clearance, we did it. The path is then flat and smooth for just over a mile to Old
Harry. It used to be part of one of our regular walks and it was very satisfying
to be able to do it again.
The second ramble is from TYNEHAM to WARBARROW BAY. The bay lies between Kimmeridge
and Lulworth. Tyneham is now a deserted village, mostly in ruins but the church and
the schoolroom, now a museum, remain. The village was requisitioned by the War Dept.
and the occupants forced to leave in December 1943 so that the area could be used
for training for the D-day landings. The villagers were told that they would be able
to return after the war but this did not happen and in 1953 the land was bought by
the government and it now forms part of the Lulworth Gunnery Range.
The village is open to the public during school holidays and most weekends. Phone
01929 404819 to check if it is open. There is a grass picnic area next to the car
park, toilets are nearby. The path from here through the woods is not suitable for
wheels as it has steps at the far end.
Tyneham House was home of the Bond family for two hundred years but alas is now no
more. The cottages of the village are in ruins but the scene is very atmospheric
and makes one wonder what life must have been like there and what it would be like
now had the war not intervened, its situation is so remote. We had not visited for
many years but on returning this summer we were pleased to see that the adjacent
farm buildings were being restored by volunteers.
Warbarrow Bay is about a mile along a good road with a stone chipping surface but
the alongside grass has a smoother surface and is more comfortable for scooter and
wheelchairs. The end of the path down to the shore is too steep for chairs and scooters
but there is a flat grassy area overlooking the bay. There used to be a community
as well as a row of coastguard cottages at Warbarrow but all have disappeared. The
bay is a mile and half wide with high chalk cliffs. When we sailed it was a very
pleasant anchorage and we visited it many times.
I can’t believe it’s over two years since we relocated to France, the time has flown
by. We live in in a hamlet about 6 miles from Pleyben in North West France. We are
surrounded by fields and farms and the main traffic to pass by consists of tractors
Life here has a much slower pace and is much like rural England in the 1950’s (or
so Graham tells me!). Most shops are closed for 2 hours every lunchtime, Monday is
half day closing and many bars and restaurants are shut for two weeks in August while
the owners take their annual holiday - why not, they want to try and benefit from
the better weather like the rest of us!
The house had already been renovated and just needed some changes to the décor, so
since we arrived, our main project has been to establish a ‘potager’ (vegetable garden).
The garden was mainly grass with borders when we arrived, so having invested in a
wide blade pick axe, we set about lifting the turf off an area of about 30 ft square
and turning the soil for the first time. This was surprisingly hard work, however,
after several days we had our potager established, and muscles like Popeye! Since
then, we have become almost self sufficient in vegetables and also have a greenhouse
full of tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers and peppers. We often get a glut of items so pop
down to share things with our French neighbours, but always end up coming home with
more than we took!
All our neighbours have been very welcoming. They all asked if we were ‘permanent’
and as soon as we said ‘yes’. they couldn’t have been kinder. They have helped us
a lot with our French which is coming on quite well. Many people in this area also
speak Breton, which still remains a mystery to us at the moment, though it is apparently
very similar to welsh. We have helped them with the apple collection and assisted
in the cider making (very potent stuff!) and Graham has drawn on his past butchering
skills to joint a pig or two for the pig farmers next door.
In addition to a new language, we have also had to learn a new way of life very different
to our lifestyle in England, but we are both thriving on it and enjoy most of the
challenges that arise!
Personal Health Budgets Pilot in NHS Dorset
NHS Dorset is 1 of 20 Primary Care Trusts across the country to be running a Personal
Health Budget pilot project.
This is an exciting opportunity for you to be amongst the first in the country to
try out this way of managing your care. It is vitally important that people with
MND take part in this project to ensure that any particular issues for people with
MND are identified and dealt with at this early stage. Please note that you can only
take part in the project if your GP surgery is registered with NHS Dorset (formally
Dorset Primary Care Trust), NOT NHS Bournemouth and Poole.
The aim of the pilot is to test the idea of Personal Health Budgets with a small
number of people to see if and how the scheme works.
Because it’s a pilot, it must be evaluated by someone other than the NHS and so an
external academic team will, with consent, ask patients their views.
The idea of the scheme is that you are given a set amount of money and can decide
jointly with professionals what care is best for yourself. The aim is to hand over
much greater control over healthcare.
If you don’t wish to manage the money yourself, we can for instance put you in touch
with an independent organisation who will deal with all of the employment, payments
and banking on your behalf. If you’d like to know more about the options then please
get in touch.
Personal Health Budgets put control in the hands of people who need healthcare. They
have already been used successfully in social care (Direct Payments) and it is hoped
that this new scheme will make a real difference to people with significant health
Personal Health Budgets are intended to be used for a range of services to meet your
health and wellbeing needs. This might include therapies, nursing care, personal
care or lifestyle support for instance. The aim is to make you feel better, increase
confidence and help you to manage your own condition.
What kind of things could I spend my Personal Health Budget on?
· purchase of personal exercise equipment
· massage to improve circulation and pain relief
· ways of achieving a healthy diet and/or weight loss if your weight affects your
· funding transport to leisure activities, hobbies and clubs that keep you occupied
/ stimulated / provide new opportunities to socialise
· funding to enable you to be accompanied on an activity if required and / or to
provide someone to drive you there
· purchase of air-conditioning or dehumidifying equipment (for people with breathing
· purchase of some non-NHS services that meet your personal health outcomes, e.g.
a private physiotherapist and some alternative therapies
These are meant as examples to give you an idea of what your budget could be spent
If there’s something else that you think would make a real difference to your health
and wellbeing, don’t be afraid to raise it with your Personal Health Budget Co-ordinator.
What kind of things can I NOT spend my Personal Health Budget on?
While the list of services and items you CAN buy is very wide-ranging, there are
a few things that you can’t (or don’t need to) spend your personal health budget
You remain entitled to
· emergency or acute services, which are already provided by the NHS to everyone
in the country without charge
· the vast majority of primary healthcare services (including visits and assessments),
as GPs provide a comprehensive, registration based service, which is free at the
point of access.
You cannot use your Personal health Budget to fund
· anything illegal, gambling in any form including lotteries, debt repayment, tobacco
· treatments (like medicines) that the NHS would not normally fund because they are
not shown to be cost-effective.
The cost of anything funded via a Personal Health Budget cannot be topped up with
your own money. If for any reason you wanted to purchase additional care privately,
then this would need to be arranged separately.
If you decide to participate, your Personal Health Budget Care Coordinator will
be able to help you. They will be able to answer any queries about what your budget
can and can’t be used for.
Because this is a pilot project, participants can decide to withdraw from the pilot
at any stage of the process.
The team will also be willing to attend or arrange a meeting to discuss the project
further if this would be helpful.
For more information, or to volunteer to participate in the trial, please contact:
The Personal Health Budget
Pilot Project Team
Dorchester DT1 1TS
Telephone: 01305 213526
Cellular Life Force & Murderous Myths
Gary Lyndhurst Bowen Practitioner : "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Over the course of each day you need to drink at least eight glasses of water to
keep your body functioning at an optimal level to maintain good health - more if
you are overweight or active. This life force flushes out materials that you do
not need, like salt. It is the most valuable health drink you will ever find.
Don’t assume you drink enough liquids, i.e. tea, coffee or soft drinks for they do
not do the same job as water. Don’t allow yourself to De-hydrate and if taking Medication
in most cases you should always do so with water, (unless otherwise directed by GP
your hospital or instructions that always accompany your medication.
Here are ten good reasons why you should. Take ‘A little water with that Sir / Madam.‘
1) It regulates the body temperature, especially during summer.
2) Gives skin a supple youthful glow.
3) Reduces Fat Deposits.
4) Leaves a feeling of Fullness.
5) Enhances muscle tone and lubricates joints to minimise pain.
6) It transports nutrients and oxygen to cells.
7) Minimises water retention
8) Eliminates waste, which can contaminate blood, tissue and organs.
9) Prevents constipation.
10) Keeps organs gainfully employed. If the kidneys are not doing their job to eliminate
waste the liver steps in to help out and cannot then metabolize as much fat.
It is a dangerous and serious Myth that you don’t drink water in the evening or before
you go off to bed. Many people de-hydrate after going to bed with heating on and
a high togged duvet pressing down on them. After a few weeks of drinking water regularly
your body will adjust and regulate as it’s designed to do. Many illnesses may start
with the body undernourished in the water department. The secret is to just have
a small half glass first thing in the morning and last thing at night an hour before
going to bed. It is also good 20 - 30 minutes before lunch or dinner. You will start
the body’s own mechanism of deciphering and distributing the liquid and over the
following 8-12 weeks you will notice an increase of water intake and hopefully a
restful refreshing night.
Motor Neurone Together We Stand
is a Facebook group set up by Maria Foreman who is living with MND and recently
joined our Branch. It already has over 100 members. If you would like to read what
members of the group are saying or join simply click on the logo.
Fancy a Holiday?
Kirsty Lester thought this may be of interest, They have just returned from a 4 night
stay in the Scottish borders in a lovely adapted cottage. The facilities were fantastic
and they were able to hire extras like the commode etc. There was an overhead hoist
giving access from bedroom to bathroom and bath. They struggled to find anywhere
which had everything they needed, and this was perfect..
The website link is below. There are 5 cottages in all, all with different layouts
and number of beds. Its a beautiful area and was great to get to Glasgow and Edinburgh
but was also a lovely area with lots to see and do.
The couple who ran it have sold it but hopefully the new owners will provide the