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IN PICTURES: Artist impressions of new homes for people with autism

All the images can be downloaded at Artist impressions of planned new homes for people with autism and complex conditions have been unveiled. Surrey County Council has released images of how the accommodation for 10 young adults at Alfold, near Cranleigh, could look. It comes after plans were signed off by the Cabinet to … Continue reading

Plans signed off to help older people leave hospital at weekend

Plans to help older patients leave hospital at weekends have been signed off by Surrey County Council. The go-ahead has been given for a new deal to be signed to provide equipment that helps people stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Under the proposed contract signed off by the Cabinet items … Continue reading

Surrey life expectancy soars

Life expectancy for men and women in Surrey is soaring, new official figures reveal. Men reaching the age of 65 in Surrey can expect to live another 20 years, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covering 2012 to 2014. That is three years longer than males who reached that age just over a … Continue reading

Norwegians visit county council

A party of local government officials from Norway have visited Surrey to learn how the county council is harnessing technology to help people manage serious health conditions. The 30-strong group found out how Surrey has given 300 patients user-friendly electronic equipment to monitor their own long-term problems from home rather than visiting a hospital as … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Minister opens new dementia centre; Stay safe online; New Deputy Lieutenants appointed

Minister opens new dementia centre Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove cut the ribbon at a new centre in Surrey to help people with dementia. Surrey Heath’s MP opened the Windle Valley Day Centre in Bagshot, which will provide support and advice for those with the condition and carers. It is the ninth centre … Continue reading

Council prepared for high temperatures

A small army of Surrey County Council staff is primed to work around the clock to ensure vulnerable people stay safe as temperatures soar. With heatwave conditions forecast for this week hundreds of social workers and care staff are standing by to make extra calls and visits to frail and older people across Surrey. Residents … Continue reading

MP Kwasi Kwarteng helps open new home for people with autism

MP Kwasi Kwarteng helped to celebrate the unveiling of a new home for people with autism when he dropped in at the official launch. The Spelthorne MP joined Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few at the event to mark the opening of Surrey County Council and London Care Partnership’s home. Mr Few said: “This fantastic building … Continue reading

Pioneering hi-tech home care for people with depression

People with severe depression will get care via a revolutionary app in the country’s first scheme of its kind being launched in Surrey. Adults who usually need to attend mental health clinics can now monitor their own progress with the help of a tablet computer and expert healthcare support via Skype-style video conferencing. Surrey County … Continue reading

Guardian features Surrey scheme to help vulnerable adults

The Guardian has published an article about a Surrey County Council scheme giving vulnerable adults foster-care style support. Surrey’s shared lives initiative offers adults with learning and physical disabilities or mental health needs the chance to stay with a carer and their family on a short or long-term basis. So far the scheme has helped … Continue reading

Credit card-sized device to keep vulnerable safe

A credit card-sized device is to be handed to people with dementia to help prevent them becoming one of the tens of thousands of adults with the condition who go missing across the country each year. It has been estimated that every year more than 40,000 people with dementia get lost for the first time. Around 800,000 … Continue reading

Fire and rescue service wins national award

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has received national recognition for a project to keep vulnerable people safe in their homes. The service won the Fire & Rescue Project of the Year at the at the annual Improvement and Efficiency Awards together with Surrey County Council’s adult social care team. The project aims to provide fire … Continue reading

Surrey wins national recognition for scheme to cut bed blocking

Ditching normal office hours in favour of shifts and weekend work in hospitals to cut bed blocking has earned Surrey County Council national recognition. The authority has been commended in the category for improved partnerships between health and local government in the Health Service Journal’s annual awards. Surrey abandoned the traditional Monday to Friday 9-5 routine for staff helping … Continue reading

Country’s largest hi-tech healthcare scheme expands in Surrey

Live connection, Bluetooth scanning, customer service? No, not your latest smartphone call centre, but a new way to help patients manage serious conditions. Surrey County Council has teamed up with local GPs to pioneer giving patients user-friendly electronic equipment to monitor their own long-term problems from home rather than visiting hospital as often. The new … Continue reading

Deadline approaches on bids for £50,000 funding to help Surrey people with dementia

Community groups across Surrey working to make life better for thousands of people with dementia have weeks left to bid for innovation funding. Surrey County Council and clinical commissioning groups in the county created the £50,000 Dementia-Friendly Surrey Innovation Fund so local groups can develop new ways to support people with dementia and their carers. … Continue reading

Bids start rolling in for cash to help people with dementia

Cookery courses, art classes and gardening are among community projects in the running to win cash to make life better for thousands of people with dementia in Surrey. More than 30 groups have either put in bids to win a share of a £50,000 pot of cash to help people with the condition stay in … Continue reading


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