Health news for September

Urology awareness month
It’s Urology awareness month, and we want to encourage you to visit the GP if you have symptoms causing you problems that you’ve been too embarrassed to see someone about until now. You can find out more about what might be causing your symptoms here.

Are you a 1, 2 or 3? Or are you more like an 8? If your pee is yellow rather than almost colourless, you may be well on your way to severe dehydration. This can cause both short and long term problems:

Blood cancer awareness month
Over half of Brits say that they don’t know the symptoms of blood cancer, are you one of them?

If you are aged 16 to 30, you could become a stem cell donor to help someone with blood cancer,

If you’ve previously thought about becoming a stem cell donor, but are over 30, check whether you would be suitable to donate here

Vascular disease awareness month
Do you know what vascular disease is? It’s diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatic system. Vascular disease is responsible for up to 40% of deaths in the UK, of which many are preventable.

High cholesterol is one of the largest causes of vascular disease, have you had your cholesterol level checked recently? If not, we can do that for you if you are at risk.

Organ donation week
If you haven’t thought about it before, could you register to become an organ donor? Each year around a thousand people die while waiting for suitable donor organs.

Fewer than half of families agree to organ donation if their loved one’s decision to donate their organs hasn’t been discussed. Have you discussed your wish to donate your organs? Sometimes difficult conversations are the most important ones.

8th September – National dementia carers day
It’s National dementia carers day on Sunday 8th September. Caring for someone with dementia can be incredibly difficult, if you know somebody who cares for someone with dementia, perhaps you could make them a cuppa and a biscuit, or offer a listening ear.

Migraine awareness
Many people complain that they have migraines, but do you know what the difference between a headache and a migraine is?…_and_differences_between_migraine_vs_headache

There are things you can do at home to help ease the symptoms of a migraine, and they aren’t all related to medication.

10th September – World suicide prevention day
Are you struggling to cope? Wish you could talk to someone without being judged? Did you know that the Samaritans offer many different ways to get on contact with them if you find talking too difficult.

There are no problems that cannot be solved. If you need to talk to someone, as you feel you can’t manage any longer, The Samaritans can help

Know your numbers (blood pressure)
Do you know what your blood pressure reading is? Do you know what a healthy blood pressure reading should be? You can get yours checked for free this week here

If your blood pressure is high, you are at greater risk of stroke and heart attack. There are ways that you can help to lower your blood pressure naturally. If you aren’t sure what your blood pressure is you can ask at Reception for an appointment with our HCA.

16th to 21st September – Jeans for genes
Noticed that lots of people are wearing their jeans this week? That’s because it’s “Jeans for Genes” day, fundraising for the half a million people in the UK living with a genetic disease.

We’ll soon be in flu season, and if we think you’re eligible for a flu vaccination because you are more at risk if you catch Flu, we’ll be in touch to arrange your flu vaccination. If you have certain medical conditions, are pregnant or aged over 65 you should be eligible for a flu vaccination. If you think you might be eligible but haven’t been invited for a flu vaccination by us before, have a look here to see if you might be eligible, and if you think you might be, please contact reception to check.

Sexual health week
If you have a disability, please talk to us about how we can support you with sexual heath and relationships. Disabled people report difficulties in obtaining basic services such as cervical and STI screening. We want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem, so if we can do something to assist you, please let us know what it is. We can’t promise to fix every issue immediately, but if we don’t know that there is an issue, it’ll take us a lot longer to get there.

National eye health week
We know you’ll have heard that carrots help you to see in the dark, but did you know that eggs and broccoli are good for your long term eyesight too? You’ll find some really interesting and perhaps surprising ways to look after your eye health here:

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