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Newcross News Issue 12

Winter edition

Across the Business

Across the Business Branch focus: Hamilton Growing branch moves to new, bigger premises by Angela Feliz-Hurtado, Marketing Apprentice This October, following an impressive period of growth, our team in Scotland’s fourth largest town moved to a bigger better office. The Hamilton branch has been providing the west of Scotland region with truly excellent healthcare professionals for over fifteen years. Over those years Newcross nurses and carers have covered thousands of shifts and brought caring support to many people in need. “We are delighted to be moving the Hamilton branch to larger premises. The branch is one of our most established in Scotland, and the move shows our ongoing dedication to providing our clients in the Hamilton and Lanarkshire region with fantastic healthcare staff,” said Operations Director Geoff White. Did you know? There are 8 care homes within 2 miles of Hamilton town centre. The population of Hamilton is 53,188 Health is an issue in the town as in 2015 it was named as the Fast Food Capital in Scotland. The Hamilton team, led by Business Centre Manager Andrew Easton, includes Healthcare Co-ordinators Caroline Cabrita and Jennifer Scott, and over 200 healthcare staff, 100 of which have been with Newcross for over 2 years. “What a fantastic time to be part of this exciting change in the Hamilton branch, we would like to thank our healthcare staff for the incredible work that they do and invite them to drop in to the new branch anytime”. Andrew Easton – Business Centre Manager Image: Hamilton Town House by Iain Thompson 16

Help and Advice The importance of a good night’s sleep by Sam Trueman, Marketing Development Executive As healthcare workers, it is vital that you get enough sleep. With care being needed 24-hours a day, you will likely be required to work a variety of shifts including nights which can be a challenge if you’ve not had a full eight hours. A lack of sleep can put not just yourself in danger but also the people in your care as being tired can lead to you making mistakes that can lead to injury. Sleeping on the job can lead to a disciplinary and/or dismissal, so it’s in your interest to ensure you catch enough Zs. Mental Health We all spend a third of our lives in the land of nod and sleep is vital for staying healthy both mentally and physically. When we are asleep, it gives our mind and body a chance to digest the events of the day as well as supporting the immune system. According to studies, sleep deprivation negatively alters parts of the brain which can lead to you becoming irritable, have difficulty solving problems or making decisions and can result in depression. Sleep deprivation can also result in suicidal tendencies as well as a lack of self-awareness and increased risky behaviour. Physical Health Physically, a lack of sleep can lead to a wide range of health issues and can lead to strokes, heart disease, kidney problems, diabetes and high blood pressure. Sleep plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system and heart. Sleep deficiency can alter the way in which your immune system operates and can leave you vulnerable to common infections and diseases. It can also lead you to perform poorly at work and could cause you to make mistakes that you otherwise would not. Microsleep is not a good thing! Just one to two days of poor sleep can lead to Microsleep which is moments of sleep that occur when you’re awake. Worryingly you cannot control it, and it may occur without you being aware of it. If it occurs whilst driving or other risky activity the consequences can be devastating. The top benefits of a good night’s sleep Whilst asleep the brain undergoes a process known as ‘consolidation’ where it goes over everything you experienced during the day. This helps with memory and learning. Studies show that those people who sleep well regularly have less inflammation in their limbs and a lower risk of suffering a heart attack. A good night’s sleep sharpens your attention span and can improve your performance at work. Did you know? Sleep deficiency negatively impacts your driving ability as much as, or more than, being drunk. 17

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