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Event News: Edinburgh

Lack of physical activity is the biggest challenge, says ultrafit GP

A lack of physical activity was highlighted as the major issue facing health care professionals at the Nursing in Practice event in Edinburgh.

Dr Andrew Murray, who hit the headlines when he ran seven ultra marathons on seven continents in seven days in 2012, opened the event at the Corn Exchange in March.

Murray explained how physical inactivity can cause a number a problems in the body and that without exercise we “fail to produce happy hormones”.

He urged the delegates to promote physical exercise in their everyday practice so that patients suffer from fewer health problems, as “physical inactivity is the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century”.

Murray used his 70-day run from Scotland to the Sahara to emphasise the effects physical exercise can have.

Although he described his run as a real challenge he explained how the exercise released positive hormones to help him stay determined. He said that although exercise may seem like a challenge to patients, if the positive effects were explained they may look at it in a different way.

His talk focused on the problem with physical inactivity, assessing physical inactivity levels and getting people active.

An insight was given into the changes nurses can make by promoting physical exercise that can help prevent a number of problems patients face.

End of life care a priority in Scotland

Plans for end of life care and emergency hospital admissions were highlighted by Scotland's health secretary at the Nursing in Practice event in Edinburgh.

 Cabinet Secretary of Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison, stressed that end of life care should take place in the home of patients rather than them being admitted to hospital in an emergency.

Speaking at the March event held at the Corn Exchange Robison said that the Scottish government

“believes people should be closely involved in discussions regarding their health and care”.

Additionally, Robison assured that nurses are a top priority. “Nurses are at the heart of our vision to deliver high-quality care in Scotland,” she said.

Other popular sessions included clinical advisor Natalie Speech advising nurses on the best treatment solutions for patients suffering with Lymphoedema, Dr Helen Kettle's explanation of the role nurses have in diagnosing and referring patients suffering from an overactive bladder and diabetes specialist nurse Adele West's examination of how nurses can help improve treatment outcomes in type 2 diabetes.

Delegates were also able to visit an exhibition during the day at the
free event.

Other sessions included, treating feverish illness in children, addressing the alcohol dependence, intrauterine contraception for younger women, supporting dementia, improving heart failure diagnosis, understanding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms, diagnosing leg ulcers and safeguarding children.

The aim of the day was for nurses to share knowledge and learn new skills to take back to their practice.

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