May 2010 Matron's Blog

Keep up-to-date with current health issues and hospital news with this blog, updated by Louise Daniel, Matron at Spire Bristol Hospital.

TV presenter Monty Halls visits Spire Bristol Hospital

10th May 2010

It’s been an exciting time here at Spire Bristol, not least because we’ve just seen the official opening of our brand new hospital extension which vastly improves our ability to deliver first-class health services.

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve also had the pleasure of welcoming Bristol-based TV presenter and career adventurer Monty Halls to the hospital.

Monty, whose latest series of “Great Adventures” is currently being shown on BBC 2, came to meet our deputy matron, Kate Hoffmann for, some last-minute training before he headed off to the West Coast of Ireland to do some more filming.

Kate’s a qualified UK Resuscitation Council Advanced Life Support Instructor and was able to offer Monty some invaluable advice about what to do in a crisis, for instance if he or a member of his film crew injured themselves or had a heart attack or something whilst miles from any kind of hospital or other care facility and advised on the best pieces of first aid kit to take with him.

Since then we’ve received a lovely email from Monty thanking Kate for the training session and promising to put what he’s learned to good use (though let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!).

Spare a thought for those facing the dreaded hay fever!

Well spring has finally sprung, but unfortunately it’s not good news for everyone.

Millions of people in the UK suffer from hay fever, so while many of us prepare to pull on our shorts and break out the factor 25, a significant part of the population will also have their hankies at the ready for sniffles, sneezes and streaming eyes.

Here comes the science!: Hay fever occurs when the immune system mistakes pollen for toxins that need to be removed and produces a substance called histamines to combat them – the chemicals which cause the sneezing, runny nose etc.

In fact this condition can be far more than a simple irritation for sufferers – it can lead to serious amounts of stress and upset.

Although hay fever is treated with antihistamines which block the chemicals and, in most cases, stop the allergic reaction, there are other methods to combat this problem, and I would advise sufferers to go to for more information.

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Louise Daniel:
Matron at Spire Bristol Hospital

Louise Daniel, Spire Bristol Hospital's Matron, has been working at the hospital for over 20 years.

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