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Hollywood Star's Leading Role in Health DVD

July 23, 2007 10:04 AM

An education DVD featuring Glasgow-born “Gangs of New York” star Gary Lewis has been produced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for older people and their carers.

Gary, who also played the father role in “Billy Elliot”, introduces the DVD, called “Be Home, Be Safe”, and anchors its different segments.

Christine Ashcroft, Interdisciplinary Response and Intervention Service Manager (IRIS), part of the Rehabilitation and Assessment Directorate, said:

“One of our team knows Gary and asked if he would take part.  He said yes and gave his time free of charge.”

Christine’s team provides the supportive discharge services in North Glasgow and the 25-minute DVD features various health professionals, including a consultant geriatrician, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and pharmacist.

She explained:  “It is designed to back-up what advice we give to patients and will be used by the team in conjunction with their intervention with patients on discharge from hospital.

“Health professionals taking part in the DVD remind people that while they have been discharged and may think they are now very fit, they should take special care to be aware of safety issues and hazards in their home such as  falling over.”

The short film turned into a family affair, with Christine’s mother Annie Rafferty (79) filmed in her home as an example of how a patient can benefit from the advice.

Consultant Geriatrician Dr Paul Knight, said:

"All patients look forward to getting back to their own homes.  But, for many elderly people it can be a time of high risk and a significant minority end up back in hospital soon after discharge. 

“Therefore, this video is a very timely series of suggestions and tips to those about to be discharged which will hopefully make the whole process go smoothly."

During the film a physiotherapist gives advice on simple steps to avoid falls and the importance of staying active to improve strength, balance and mobility. There is also a demonstration of what to do following a fall at home.

An Occupational therapist also features, giving advice on the risks associated with performing everyday tasks and also talks about the equipment available if required to promote independence.

The DVD will also be shown within discharge lounges and departments, and it is hoped that other organisations may be interested in buying it as well.

It is being launched on Friday, July 20 at the Maurice Block Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, St Vincent Street, at 1pm, and you are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the event.

It is hoped that the visual feedback of the safety awareness and other relevant information would be retained long term and assist the patients in living independently and safely at home.

For more information contact Susan Carden, Communications Officer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, tel. 0141 201 4429/305 0305.
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Notes to Editors:
The scheme was to produce a short video for older patient/carers aimed at raising safety awareness and practical steps to address the risk factors while performing activities of daily living within the home environment soon after an illness or hospital discharge.

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