Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital partners with Southampton parkrun to introduce south’s first-ever parkwalk

Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital partners with Southampton parkrun to introduce south’s first-ever parkwalk

Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital in Chandler’s Ford is joining forces with the organisers of Southampton’s popular Parkrun this October to officially launch the south’s first-ever ‘parkwalk at parkrun’, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of the popular weekly free timed run.

 

On Saturday October 12 at 9am, the Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital Walk Challenge will take place on Southampton Common as part of the inaugural 5km ‘parkwalk at parkrun’ and aims to encourage past hip and knee replacement patients, as well as hospital physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons, to participate in the walk and raise awareness of successful recovery back to an active lifestyle post-surgery.

 

The Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital Walk Challenge supports the parkwalk objective to be inclusive and help people of all abilities get involved with an active pursuit with the support and guidance of walk leaders. In addition, the collaboration with parkwalk celebrates the recent introduction of pioneering Mako™ robotic-arm assisted technology at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital.  This new technology assists orthopaedic surgeons to fit a hip or knee implant with even greater accuracy, reducing pain and speeding up recovery time meaning a patient may return to their former lifestyle quicker.

 

A team from the hospital will be on-hand during the walk to talk about joint pain and treatments available to those experiencing joint discomfort.  To take part, walkers are being encouraged to register for free via the registration page on the parkrun website and in doing so will be able to receive a timed walk.

 

Thelma Henderson, hospital director at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital, says: “Walking is a great form of exercise that can improve health and wellbeing, and returning to everyday activities is important for a full recovery after hip or knee replacement surgery.  Joint replacement patients are encouraged to do low-impact exercise, such as walking, following surgery as keeping muscles strong is essential to promote function.

 

“We are delighted that the Nuffield Health Wessex Walk Challenge is to be part of the south’s first-ever parkwalk at parkrun event.  We hope to not only encourage any patient who has had a hip or a knee replacement and can walk 5km to come along to Southampton Common on October 12 and participate, but also our orthopaedic consultants and physiotherapists to take part as well.”

 

Rob Kelly, event director of Southampton parkrun, adds: “We are delighted to partner with Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital to introduce not only Hampshire’s first-ever parkwalk but also the first in the south of England.  With the hospital’s support, we aim to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in our 5km walk which will take place alongside the parkrun course.  Walkers will be met by leaders, who will guide them through the walk at their own pace.

 

“We believe parkwalk will have a positive impact on the fitness levels of the community and become as popular as parkrun which launched 15 years ago in Bushy Park, London, and now takes place in 1,400 locations in 23 countries, witnessing more than 2,000,000 runners take part.”

 

To register for parkwalk please visit www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital launches advanced robotic-arm assisted joint replacement procedures

Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital launches advanced robotic-arm assisted joint replacement procedures

With more than 220,000 hip and knee replacements taking place in 2018, delivering an increase of more than 12 per cent on the previous year*, it is clear that joint replacement surgery is becoming an increasingly common requirement for the UK’s ageing population.

To meet the growing demand for orthopaedic surgery in Hampshire, Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital has invested more than £1 million in state-of-the-art robotic-arm technology to assist with total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements. Ten of the hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons have been trained to provide reconstructive surgery using this ground-breaking technique, creating the largest number of trained specialists in Mako™ robotic-arm assisted orthopaedic surgery in any independent UK hospital, and the sixth hospital in the Nuffield Health Hospital estate to introduce the technology.

Using a combination of advanced technology and market-leading implants, this pioneering surgery allows consultant orthopaedic surgeons at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital to manipulate the robotic arm to insert the latest generation of joint replacements with even greater accuracy and precision. The aim is to support faster recovery times for patients, reduce pain and improve functional results and longevity of the implants.

The robotic technology uses 3D images generated by the patient’s own CT scan to plan the exact size and orientation of the implant to be fitted. This information is then used to precisely guide the surgeon to remove the bone and fit the implant, with the ability to change the position of an implant during the procedure if necessary.

Mr Jeremy Latham, one of the ten orthopaedic consultants now using the new Mako™ robotic technology to perform hip replacement procedures at the hospital, is excited to offer this option to his patients. He says: “I’m a specialist hip surgeon and am always looking for ways to improve the outcome of surgery for my patients.  We hope that by improving the accuracy and precision of how hip implants are placed in the body, this will have tangible benefits for patients, such as a reduced risk of short-term complications like dislocation and leg length differences, both of which are very upsetting for patients.

“In the long term, we expect the implants to last longer.  The results of hip replacement surgery are already excellent, but there’s always room for improvement, and there’s a good expectation that a hip replacement using this revolutionary Mako™ technology will last 20 years or more for most people.”

Thelma Henderson, hospital director at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital, adds: “The addition of the Mako™ robotic-arm technology to our already robust orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare.

“Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital has the capacity to grow patient numbers this year and by having the Mako™ technology on site, will allow us to offer up-to-date advances in orthopaedic surgery to many more patients in Hampshire and beyond.”

For more information and to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital please call 02380 986329, email [email protected], or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/roboticsurgery .

Westover wins funding from Toyota to support Forest Holme Hospice Charity

Westover wins funding from Toyota to support Forest Holme Hospice Charity

Westover Toyota on Wallisdown Road, Bournemouth, has helped the Forest Holme Hospice Charity secure a donation of £1,500 from the Toyota Fund For A Better Tomorrow scheme.

 

Toyota’s Fund For A Better Tomorrow is a nationwide programme of grants that enable Toyota dealerships to apply for funding to support charities, schools and community projects in their local area.

 

Westover Toyota put together a strong application in favour of supporting the Forest Holme Hospice Charity which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support and advice to carers, family and friends.   The £1,500 donation awarded to the Forest Holme Hospice will support the charity with its life-enhancing work and will fund counselling sessions for local people following their diagnosis of cancer, as well as bereavement support sessions for families who are coming to terms with life without their loved ones.

 

Danny Ball, head of sales and finance at Westover Toyota, who worked hard to negotiate the largest possible donation, explained: “At Westover Toyota we consider it important to be part of the local community and we’re delighted to have obtained funding from Toyota.  The Hospice is a very worthy recipient of support from the Toyota fund, it does fantastic work helping those with life-limiting illnesses.  We look forward to seeing how the donation can help Forest Holme continue its vital, life-enhancing work in the local community.”

 

Kirsty Perks from Forest Holme Hospice Charity said: “We are delighted to have received this donation from the Toyota Fund For A Better Tomorrow and are grateful to Danny and the team at Westover Toyota for their support.  We rely heavily on donations and fundraising in order to provide vital services to local people who need it most. Support from businesses like Westover Toyota is essential in helping Forest Holme secure the funding to be here for future patients and their families during the most difficult time of their lives.”

 

Launched in 2012, Toyota’s Fund For A Better Tomorrow is enabling UK dealers such as Westover Toyota to support worthy causes and more than over 200 projects have received support with in excess of £350,000 donated in the last three years alone.

 

Established in 1923, the Westover Group operates from 28 locations across Dorset and Wiltshire and represents 15 vehicle manufacturers – Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Dacia, Fiat, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lotus, Nissan, Renault, Skoda and Toyota. 

Westover Jaguar Land Rover urge drivers to ignore common thought that all diesel cars are ‘dirty’ vehicles

Westover Jaguar Land Rover urge drivers to ignore common thought that all diesel cars are ‘dirty’ vehicles

With a trio of Jaguar Land Rover diesel-powered SUVs recently awarded top marks in a new independent emissions test, Westover Jaguar Land Rover is urging drivers to ignore the common misconception that all diesel cars are ‘dirty’ vehicles.

 

Jaguar Land Rover is the first car maker to put its cars to the test with the AIR Index, an independent on-road emissions testing procedure, which found that Jaguar Land Rover diesel models have some of the lowest nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of any car on sale today.

 

The AIR Index was devised to provide easy to understand data regarding vehicles’ NOx emissions, and two-litre diesel versions of the Jaguar E-PACE, Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque were put through the test and all achieved the highest ‘A’ rating.  This rating acknowledges that all three vehicles were under the 80 milligrams per kilometre of nitrogen oxides limit set out by current legislation.

 

AIR Index testing is carried out on at least two independently sourced cars with portable emission measurement system (PEMS) equipment recording on-road driving in towns and cities. For a result to be considered acceptable for rating in the AIR Index there must be at least five, 10 kilometre trips completed during three separate journeys on at least two matching vehicles.

 

Mark Whittam, group operations director at the Westover Group, says: “There is a common misconception that all diesel cars are big heavy dirty vehicles.  The diesel engine has come a long way in the last few years and it is important for drivers to note that current diesel engines are some of the cleanest produced, as the results of these tests highlight.  Improved diesel engine technologies mean that not only are modern diesel engine nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions comparable to a petrol engine, but high-mileage motorists will find economy is better and CO2 is lower.”

 

Mark adds: “At Westover Jaguar land Rover we advise our consumers that before purchasing any vehicle they take into consideration their usual driving habits.  Diesel engines are more efficient on longer journeys and at higher speeds.”

 

To book a test drive and experience the Jaguar E-PACE, Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque please telephone 01202 462222 or for Westover Land Rover in Salisbury telephone 01722 414400 or visit www.westovergroup.co.uk/jaguar.

 

Established in 1923, the Westover Group operates from 28 locations across Dorset and Wiltshire and represents 15 vehicle manufacturers – Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Dacia, Fiat, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lotus, Nissan, Renault, Skoda and Toyota. 

Westover Group celebrates Jaguar I-PACE award win

Westover Group celebrates Jaguar I-PACE award win

The 100-strong team at the new £15 million Westover Jaguar Land Rover showroom in Christchurch are celebrating following the announcement that Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE, has been awarded the coveted title of ‘Car of the Year’ at the European Car of the Year Awards 2019.

 

The Car of the Year is an international award, judged by a panel of 60 motoring experts from 23 European countries.  Its aim is to acknowledge the most outstanding new car to go on sale in the 12 months preceding the date of the title.

 

The I-PACE is Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV that brings style and sophistication to the world of electric cars.  Thanks to its winning combination of luxury, superior performance and cutting-edge technology, this zero-emission SUV from Jaguar is positioned firmly at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution.

 

With a 292-mile range, the I-Pace delivers 696NM of instant torque and is capable of 60mph in 4.5 seconds.  Using a 100kW DC charger, the I-PACE can achieve zero to 80 per cent battery charge within 40 minutes or home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) achieves the same state of charge in just over 10 hours.

 

Andy Grant, brand director for Westover Jaguar Land Rover, said; “The Car of the Year award is arguably the most influential and important award not just in Europe but the world.  Designed and developed in the UK, it’s fantastic that the Jaguar I-PACE has been recognised for its technical innovation, design, performance, efficiency and value for money.”

 

The Jaguar I-PACE has received 55 awards worldwide since it was launched 12 months ago, including German, Norwegian and UK Car pf the Year, BBC Top Gear magazine EV of the Year, China Green Car of the Year and the Autobest ECOBEST Award.

 

To book a test drive and experience the award-winning all-electric Jaguar I-PACE please telephone 01202 970339 or visit www.westovergroup.co.uk/jaguar. For Westover’s latest offers on the Jaguar I-PACE, please visit www.westovergroup.co.uk/jaguar/new-car-offers.

 

Established in 1923, the Westover Group operates from 28 locations across Dorset and Wiltshire and represents 15 vehicle manufacturers – Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Dacia, Fiat, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lotus, Nissan, Renault, Skoda and Toyota.