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K2 has a new innovative indoor golf programme

The leisure centre has teamed up with Crawley based company Eclipse Golf to offer coaching sessions and aims to help Crawley residents get on to the golf course.

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K2 Crawley which is operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Crawley Borough Council is teaming up with Crawley based company Eclipse Golf to offer both children/youth and adult coaching sessions, for those who wish to trial and get started with golf or improve their confidence on the course!

The first sessions are available to book now, starting on Thursday 22nd March at 10am and 11am for Adults as well as 4pm and 5pm for Children. The sessions will be available on Thursdays with the goal to get participants confident and ready to play as quickly as possible. Other days can be made available if interest is high.

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Sessions will cover different topics each week and include a range of essential skills and knowledge as well as fun, effective drills and challenges. You can book full learning courses for groups or individuals, and bespoke coaching, designed to get people ready to play on the golf course as well as improve their swing, short game and putting. All sessions are led by PGA qualified golf coaches.

Dave Downey, Freedom Leisure Active Communities officer, says:

“We are pleased to be introducing this indoor introduction to golf and technique sessions at K2 Crawley as they are very different from the usual golf coaching which tend to be outside at golf clubs and driving ranges, and can be seen by some as intimidating! Being indoors provides a controlled environment to learn which we know will be welcoming and reassuring to beginners or lapsed golfers. They are specially designed to provide the perfect stepping-stone for people to gain enough skill and confidence to progress to an outdoor course or driving range or to improve technique for those looking to progress.

“It is the priority of Freedom Leisure to support the communities in which we operate to become more active and involved with sport, and we know that golf is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to do this. However, research has shown that while Crawley residents have a desire to try golf they don’t know where to start and are worried about setting out on a golf course with no previous experience or skill! These sessions will be fun and will allow groups of friends or families to learn and play golf together.”

Rhys Atkinson, Eclipse Golf Limited, says:

“We are delighted to be able to bring golf into the Leisure Centre environment and give local residents the chance to try this amazing game in a fun, friendly and effective learning environment! It’s a sport that offers many benefits, one of which is that during the average game of 18-holes will well exceed the recommended 10,000 steps a day! Plus it is fun, rewarding, endlessly challenging and the experience can be shared by all abilities, age groups and last a lifetime.”

Prices range from £12.50 – £10 per hour for adults and £7.50 per hour for children.

For more information, or to book and pay, call 01293 223 038, or email enquiries@eclipse-golf.co.uk.

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South East’s diagnostic units struggling with demand for life-saving bowel cancer tests

These tests detect bowel cancer, the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, early when it is easier to treat and patients have a greater chance of survival.

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Over 20 hospitals in the South East of England are in breach of a waiting time target for life-saving tests that could diagnose bowel cancer. Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks, but in one hospital in the region 25% per cent of patients are waiting beyond this time.  

Patients should wait no more than six weeks for a colonoscopy test that can detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat. Referrals may be from a variety of sources. Approximately over half of patients (55%) are diagnosed with bowel cancer via a GP referral, a quarter are diagnosed in an emergency such as patients going to A&E, and 10% are diagnosed through screening.

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The waiting times published by NHS England on Thursday 11 October is further evidence that demand for diagnostic tests are outstripping capacity. Many hospitals are at breaking point because they simply do not have the capacity to meet the growing demand for these services. A lack of funding, limited resources and a shortage of staff to carry out the number of procedures needed are contributing to this.

To reduce the number of patients waiting longer than the NHS target for these vital tests, Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘End the Capacity Crisis’ campaign is calling on the government to invest in more NHS staff to work in bowel cancer units in North of England, Yorkshire and the Humber hospitals.

The two key tests to diagnose bowel cancer are colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy – a camera on a thin, flexible cable inserted through the anus to look at different parts of the bowel.  These tests are known as endoscopy procedures and can detect cancer at the earliest stage of the disease, when it is more treatable, and even prevent cancer through the removal of pre-cancerous growths (polyps).

The three hospitals with some of the highest percentage of patients waiting more than six weeks for colonoscopy appointments in August 2018 are: Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (25%), University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (17%) and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (9%).

The three hospitals with some of the highest percentage of patients waiting more than six weeks for flexible sigmoidoscopy appointments are: Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (33%), University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (9%) and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (5%).

Ahead of the Government spending review in November, Bowel Cancer UK is calling on Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock, to work together to develop a fully funded action plan to tackle NHS staff shortages in diagnostic services for bowel cancer and end the capacity crisis. Thousands of people, including patients, NHS staff, leading professional bodies and Members of Parliament, have backed the charity’s call by signing a letter to Government.

Asha Kaur, Head of Policy & Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK, says:

“These waiting time figures present a worrying picture for patients and demonstrate the urgent need for the Government to make addressing this capacity crisis a national priority. If hospitals are expected to meet waiting time targets then they must be given the resources and capacity to enable them to meet these standards.”

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