Staying Safe Whilst Staying Healthy

As the country slowly begins to reopen, we are more aware than ever of the potential viral dangers of public spaces. Like all public areas where people like to gather; gyms and fitness centres are places where viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, can spread. From shared weights, to sweaty stretching areas and heavy breathing, it is understandable that people may be a little unsure about returning to their pre-COVID fitness regime. However, the NHS has highlighted the importance of exercise and nutrition to help in the fight against COVID-19 (alongside a host of other diseases), stressing the value of a fit and healthy lifestyle to strengthen your entire body, from your immune system, skeletal system, muscles, and organs, to your mental health and general wellbeing.

Research has shown that obesity-related conditions could worsen the effects of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19, with health issues such as heart disease and diabetes also increasing the risk of complications. Meanwhile, data from the NHS has been shown to indicate that up to 75% of those that have been hospitalised with COVID-19 have been overweight or obese, with further research from the University of Liverpool suggesting that obesity increases the risk of death from SARS-CoV-2 by up to 38%.

With all of these risk factors in mind, it is no surprise that the government have chosen to push for a greater focus on weight loss in the bid to tackle the current pandemic, with Boris Johnson himself attributing his intensive care stay on his weight. In fact, exercise has been shown to be an excellent defence against a myriad of illnesses, from reducing the risk of heart diseases, to boosting your mood, and even reducing the risk of some cancers!

Exercise and nutrition are important now more than ever, with the pandemic forcing many into their homes for extended periods of time, increasing stress, and prompting some to rely more heavily on processed foods and canned produce with less nutritional value. A focus on good diet and exercise during this time and the coming months is likely to provide benefits which will not only help to combat COVID-19, but also lay the foundation for a healthier lifestyle with much more long-term effects. Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin to help boost your mood and help you to feel more relaxed, helping with stress management and to reduce the risk of depression, and this rush of chemicals can also help to promote a more permanent exercise regime. With gyms and fitness studios now reopened, there is no better time to invest in your own health and begin (or restart) your exercise journey.

So, what do you need to know about how to stay safe whilst visiting a fitness studio or gym?

Gym and fitness studios across the country have worked to put a wide variety of procedures in place to help their members stay safe whilst also staying healthy. As with all places of business in the UK, gyms and fitness studios are asking their members to refrain from attending if they or anyone in their household have experienced symptoms or COVID-19, or if they have been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for the illness. It also important to check with your gym and to find out what precautions they have put in place, both to ensure that you know what to expect on arrival, and to ensure that you are confident that you will feel safe whilst you exercise. Deep cleaning of fitness premises and equipment is paramount, as well as putting procedures in place to maintain the cleanliness and safety of both the gym and its members. You may also be asked a series of health and safety related questions on arrival as well as a temperature check before entry. There may also be limits on equipment use and capacity in order to maintain social distancing and to help reduce possible infection rates.

As a visitor to a gym or fitness studio, it is important that you abide by the guidelines put in place by the individual company, and to try and minimise contact as much as possible. This could include arriving at the gym ready to workout, showering at home, and potentially wearing a mask (depending on local guidelines and gym/studio rules). It is also important to maintain proper hand hygiene and to try and avoid touching your face as much as possible whilst working out. You may also be required to clean your equipment as you use it, with many gyms providing cleaning stations to encourage member-led cleaning and to ensure the environment is as safe as possible.

One of the key ways to stay safe whilst also staying healthy is to abide by your local gym or studios guidelines, maintain social distancing, and to pay additional attention to your own health prior to visiting.

Orangetheory is currently running up to 10 classes a day, between 5am and 9pm, and has created a series of guidelines to help their members stay healthy when they visit the studio, with the health and wellbeing of members taking precedence. Those new to Orangetheory are invited to try a 7-day complimentary trial, to check out their science-backed, technology-tracked workouts and experience the heightened standards of hygiene & safety.

For more information & to claim a 7-day trial, visit

About Orangetheory
Orangetheory® ( makes it simple to get more from your workout. One of the world’s fastest-growing franchise companies, Orangetheory has developed a unique approach to fitness that blends a unique trifecta of science, coaching, and technology that work together seamlessly to elevate participants’ heart rates to help burn more calories. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory workouts incorporate endurance, strength, and power to generate the ‘Orange Effect’ – whereby participants keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after a 60-minute workout.

Orangetheory has over 1,200 studios worldwide and was ranked #60 in Inc. magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List.

At Orangetheory we believe that you deserve more from your workout. It should transform you from the inside out. With technology to keep you on track and coaches that give you more tough love.

You want more results. More confidence. More community. And more energy. Because, the more you do at Orangetheory… the more you get out of life.

Orangetheory has two studios in Northern England location; Altrincham, Greater Manchester & Derby, Derbyshire, with more studios planned later this year. Try a complimentary class at

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Entia Partners with the NHS to Keep Vulnerable Patients Safe

22nd July 2020 – London. Entia, a Medical technology company who specialise in home monitoring, partner with Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Deploying home monitoring solutions to patients with Chronic Kidney Disease who are currently shielding.

Since necessary lock down measures were put in place at the beginning of March, people living with conditions such as chronic kidney disease have had to minimise routine but necessary testing, due to their vulnerability to COVID-19. This means Healthcare Professionals have had less available information to monitor their patients, important for making optimal treatment decisions and avoiding harm from treatments. If conditions are not monitored as closely in the long-term there is also an increasing risk of poorer health outcomes.

To combat this problem, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have partnered with Entia, a medical technology company, to deliver 50 home monitoring solutions to vulnerable patients within their area. These devices allow patients with Chronic Kidney Disease living with Anaemia to test their haemoglobin levels from their home, the results will then be reported to their healthcare team monthly. This method of testing will allow those at risk during this pandemic to continue having their condition monitored, allowing treatments to be adjusted and any potential deterioration in health to be detected quickly. All while patients remain safer at

The patients are receiving a Luma device along with regular testing kits, enough for them to test their haemoglobin levels twice a week. Using this information, the Healthcare Professional can plot the progression of their condition and take this into account when prescribing or adjusting medication. This ensures that they’re only invited into the hospital when the benefits outweigh the risks.

Speaking about the collaboration, Professor Bhandari from Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said ‘“We have been working in collaboration with Entia on Luma to allow many of
our highly vulnerable renal anaemia patients to remain safely at home whilst still optimising their haemoglobin levels. This improves their quality of life, empowers them with their own healthcare and potentially reduces the burden on hospitals. This is the future”

This partnership represents a growth in Entia’s existing relationship with Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Entia and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, with support from government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s industrial strategy challenge fund, were already working together on the development of one of their upcoming home monitoring solutions.

Andy Jones, Medical Manufacturing Challenge Director at Innovate UK/UKRI said “This project is a perfect, real-life example of the unique health infrastructure the UK is building, by funding science innovation, working with the NHS, academia and small business and creating a whole new medicines, medical technology and vaccines industry that can tackle today’s health challenges and those of the future.”

COVID-19 however, resulted in an accelerated deployment of the solution, which was fully supported by Innovate UK. Entia intends to also use this deployment to gather insight and further develop their home monitoring solutions. Now, thanks to further funding from Innovate UK’s COVID-19 response fund, additional NHS partnerships have been made possible.

This is only the beginning of the work Entia have planned to make life-changing health conditions easier to live with, by treating and managing them from home. Entia are also in the late stages of development for a more advanced device, which has been specifically designed to assist people living with cancer.

Entia are engaging similar NHS partnerships in regard to their home monitoring solutions, and welcome any enquiries via their website:

Entia is a medical technology company focused on advanced home monitoring solutions for people living with life-changing conditions, such as cancer.

Their revolutionary approach to home monitoring allows patients to monitor their conditions from the comfort of their own home, reducing hospital visits and giving them back more control of their lives. Their devices enable Healthcare professionals to monitor patients’ conditions remotely and Healthcare providers to streamline the provision of care, reducing the number of outpatient appointments and optimising the use of their critical resources.

Each solution is purpose-built to improve the treatment of specific health conditions and co-designed with all stakeholders from patient to hospital.

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Built environment recruiter provides safe and efficient way to manage temporary workers

Property & Built Environment recruitment specialist PRS has extended its commitment to worker safety with the launch of a new temporary workforce management platform.

Driven by the rising client demand for contact-free, hands-on temp workforce management, PRS has partnered with Sirenum, the dynamic workforce management platform, to keep workers safe, as well as delivering increased revenue and lowering costs across multiple processes.

Already used by thousands of temp workers daily across Europe and recently adopted by parts of the NHS, Sirenum’s accompanying app allows workers to log availability, accept shifts, record attendance, receive notifications, request holidays and view payment information.

PRS Director Richard Snarey says: “Worker health and safety is more crucial than ever. While there’s been a lot of attention paid to ensuring a COVID-secure workplace, there have been concerns about how to adequately protect temp workers. This is exacerbated by many companies still relying on paper-based processes to manage their temp workforce, which requires unnecessary contact that could put workers at risk.

“Since lockdown, PRS has been working closely with clients to help them deliver a COVID-secure workplace, so we’re thrilled to introduce a platform that protects temporary workers too. With Sirenum, organisations can closely manage and interact with their temp workers with zero in-person contact required.

Sirenum leverages cloud technology to address the challenges of even the most complex workforces and is currently utilised by organisations spanning the healthcare, retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Find out more here.

About PRS
Property and built environment recruitment specialists, PRS operates on a nationwide scale with offices in London, Southampton, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.

The company’s specialist areas include Facilities Management, Mechanical Engineering, Property Management, Electrical Engineering, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering, Internal Recruitment, Management & Executive, Technical Engineering, Driving, Trades & Labour, Commercial Catering, and Cleaning.

PRS is regularly measured by external auditors to ensure it adheres to the best policies for quality management, earning REC, IS0 9001 and Safe Contractor certificates. Additionally, PRS is a founding member of the Building Services Engineering Employment Agency Alliance and a member of BIFM.

About Sirenum
Sirenum helps organisations meet the evolving needs of the rapidly expanding dynamic workforce. The temporary workforce management platform delivers the following efficiencies:

● Scheduling. Sirenum’s geo-location tools help you place the right person in the right place at the right time, improving response times, reducing travel and increasing gross profit.
● Compliance. Streamline operations and improve health & safety by building compliance rules and managing certifications, credentials and permits.
● Monitoring. Capture time and attendance, proactively reduce lateness and uncovered shifts, and manage patrol and lone workers with ease.
● Financial. Free up time and resources by simplifying the calculation and processing of gross pay, automating invoice development, and more!
● Analytics. Easily create, schedule and review reports across the whole system and use this data to make informed workforce decisions.

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Malecare moving online to deliver safe support in the context of COVID-19

London, United Kingdom, March 2020 – Given the latest updates of the Coronavirus disease, people are being advised by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States to be prepared for disruptions to daily life, in order to contain the further spread of the virus within communities.

Extra measures are being taken in all areas of business during this time; people are encouraged to limit travel where possible, to avoid large and crowded spaces, and massive events are being cancelled or postponed to later in the year. The main advice for people to prevent infection is to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.

In the wake of Coronavirus, Malecare, a US-based patient advocacy organization who run multiple cancer support groups for men across the country, have decided to put all their support groups on hiatus and instead refer people to connect on their online peer-support communities on HealthUnlocked.

HealthUnlocked, the world’s largest social network for health, currently brings together 1.2 million people, across 300+ health conditions within 600 online communities. The communities are moderated by health experts such as Malecare, to provide people with a safe and trusted space to talk about their health challenges. Within the HealthUnlocked network, people can ask questions about their health, get recommendations for self-care and find peer-support online 24/7.

In the last few months, Malecare’s HealthUnlocked communities saw 5,654 new discussions prompting 93,685 replies. These conversations span across advanced prostate cancer to erectile dysfunction. Within these HealthUnlocked communities, people are still getting the support they need, without the risk of getting infected with Coronavirus, because the support groups can be accessed online, from the comfort of your home.

Darryl Mitteldorf, Director of Malecare said: “Dynamic and caring peer to peer support is a significant cancer care input.  Malecare’s brilliant online prostate cancer, male breast cancer, and anxiety support communities will help everyone live longer and happier lives during the Coronavirus worldwide crisis.”

Pepa Gonzalez, Director of Communities and Safety at HealthUnlocked said: “Our mission is to empower people to better manage their health, so we feel prepared to help our members and partners like Malecare navigate through the challenges brought on by Covid-19.”

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How safe is it to be a road worker in the UK? It turns out, not very in 2019, thanks to UK motorists

A surprising poll of UK adults carried out by YouGov on behalf of Re-flow found that a massive 35% of people have witnessed another motorist driving carelessly or dangerously past roadworks in the last 12 months alone.

Across the nation, the survey found that more than one in three have witnessed another motorist driving carelessly or dangerously past roadworks in the last 12 months, 10% witnessing a motorist entering the roadworks and a shocking 5% of the UK witnessing a motorist physically collide with the road working area.

The most unsafe region in the UK for dangerous driving (40% witnessed driving dangerously past roadworks) and roadworks incursions (15% saw motorists entering the roadworks) was the West Midlands, while the worst place for roadworks collisions was the North West of England, where a staggering 9% of people reported witnessing this in the last 12 months.

Re-flow software, which is primarily a mobile workforce job management system comes with a feature that enables the immediate recording and reporting of such incidents.

After hearing some unacceptable incidents where people working in the highways sector have faced abuse and violence just for doing their job, we’re championing a new initiative to help people speak up and put a stop to dangerous working environments.

#RecordReportReduce to turn the corner on Road Worker Safety

The #RecordReportReduce mantra highlights three important steps for mobile workers to take for immediate action when their health and safety is compromised in any way:

1. Record what happened while the details are fresh and action can be taken.
2. Report it to the right person in your company, so they can follow it up or make changes to keep you safer.
3. Reduce the chance of being in danger or in line for abuse if people can help.

Mike Saunders, Managing Director of Re-flow said “When we commissioned this survey, we were expecting a few hotspots to appear that shone a spotlight on the careless and dangerous driving of some UK motorists, but the high averages across the country have set alarm bells ringing. People must take more responsibility for their own driving, and road workers must be given more opportunities to report incidents to the right people immediately.”

Ollie Christophers,
Re-flow Communications
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All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2092 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 6th – 7th January 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

About Re-flow

With Re-flow field management software, you can centrally control your jobs on location and achieve outstanding workflow management.

Our desktop dashboard gives you powerful job command functionality, and in the field, our ultra-stable app won’t let you down.

As your workers complete tasks and information, data comes back to the dashboard, instantly highlighting what’s been accomplished.
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#RecordReportReduce campaign

Reflow’s #RecordReportReduce campaign began as we saw how much our app was being used to report near misses for road workers. After hearing some shocking stories of incidents where people working on the UK highways network were being abused or put at risk by dangerous driving, we began raising awareness of the importance of recording an incident as soon as it happens to ensure something can be done about it.

More information can be found here:

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