Press Release for virtual event

‘Open Doors to the Community’

James Paget University Hospital work across boundaries with many partners in health, social care, voluntary and charitable organisations to benefit the community, striving for seamless care for patients and carers in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area. The Macmillan ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ project which JPUH is part of, is looking at improving the patient experience of cancer, developing new services which includes holding health and well-being events. This event is not just for patients with cancer, but is of benefit for all.

JPUH approached our working partners at Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council, to hold a virtual event highlighting services and activities which are happening now in the community, despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic.

The working group approached local services, organisations and those providing activities, who have adapted their services to meet the needs of the local population during lockdown. Anyone living in the community can access this information, simply be clicking on the YouTube link on any of the 3 organiser’s websites. / /

By accessing the playlist you can choose from a variety of short videos clips to hear useful information and see some of the amazing services and activities going on in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area now. Accessing these clips will help support you both physically and emotionally and improve your wellbeing. This is of benefit to all irrespective of whether you are a patient, carer or a resident.

‘We have worked so well together on the production of this event initially for JPUH staff, but now available to everyone living in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. We consider this is such a useful partnership we will continue to work together for the benefit of all, in improving information sharing and support to the wider community’’

Nikki Sawkins JPUH ’Macmillan LWBC Nurse Lead’

‘There is so much support available currently that I was completely unaware of. I feel fortunate to live in such a supportive community’

Jo Pawlett Patient Rep & Cancer Services team

‘This work highlights the range of services, activities and support available to local residents, despite the pandemic. We really value working with our partners to make people’s lives better and I would urge people to check out what is available’

Nicole Rickard, Head of Communities, East Suffolk Council

‘Working together on this project has been a proactive way to ensure residents of the borough are aware of what services and activities are on offer locally. Whether it’s a support service, a community group or community activity, there is so much available for residents to get involved in and benefit from.’

Cllr Andy Grant, chairman of the Housing and Neighbourhood Committee at Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Message: Sing Your Heart Out

The ongoing SYHO singing sessions are still happening and available on line. We do not yet know when we will be able to sing together in person again, but when we can we will!

In the meantime please spread the word that we meet fortnightly. Anyone who enjoys singing ( no not need to read music or have ever been in a choir) is welcome to join us.

Sign up at It’s free but we welcome donations.

Upcoming dates are:

Tuesday 16th March

Wednesday 31st March

Tuesday 13 April

Wednesday 28 April

Tuesday 11 May

Wednesday 26 May

We meet from 145pm, starting singing at 2pm

“Act F.A.S.T.” Stroke Campaign

Public Health England in partnership with NHS England and Improvement have relaunched the national “Act F.A.S.T.” stroke campaign across national channels. The campaign is designed to inform the public about the signs of a stroke and to encourage people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately.

Today, Tuesday 9th March, is the PR launch for the campaign with campaign messages being supported across TV advertising, broadcast video on demand (catch up TV), radio, social media, as well as PR, alongside tailored and translated communications for ethnic minority communities. The campaign is running until early May, creating lots of opportunities to get involved.

We have launched an updated Act F.A.S.T. campaign as stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK – and can change lives in an instant. Yet the pandemic has seen a significant fall in stroke admissions and 1,413 excess deaths from stroke between 21 March 2020 and 22 January 2021 (7% higher than expected).

The campaign is built around the ‘Act F.A.S.T.’  (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999:

  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time to call 999