Health news for March 2020

Coronavirus

If you have returned to the UK after travel within the last 14 days, you should check the up to date government advice about Coronavirus here. Depending on the nature of your travel, it may be necessary to self-isolate for 14 days. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

If you have cough, fever or shortness of breath, and you are concerned about coronavirus, you can find the latest guidance here. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

The NHS has issued guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, then check the guidance to see what you should do next.
Reminders!

If you have atrial fibrillation, have you had your check-up this year? If we’ve invited you in the last 12 months and you haven’t yet booked in to see us, we do have a few appointments left.
If you have coronary heart disease, but haven’t yet had your flu jab this year, we still have some available, so please contact reception to book your appointment.
If you have coronary heart disease and haven’t yet had your annual check up, please ask at reception for availability of appointments.
If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure or left ventricular systolic dysfunction, we will have contacted you to ask you to book your annual appointment, if you haven’t yet done so, please contact the surgery.
If you have high blood pressure, we will have asked you to make an appointment to have your blood pressure checked in the last 12 months, if you haven’t yet had your check, it is really important that we check what your blood pressure currently is, and to check if any medication you are taking for it needs adjusting. Please contact the surgery if you’ve not made an appointment with us since we contacted you.
If you have previously had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack, you are eligible for a flu vaccination, we’re still able to offer these until the end of this month, so if you would like yours, please contact the surgery to book in.
Diabetic patients are eligible for an annual check up, and we will contact you every year to invite you to yours. If you haven’t had a check since April 2019, then please contact us to book yours.
If you have asthma and have regular medication for it, you should book an annual check up when we invite you, so that we can check that the medication we prescribe for you is still doing the best job for you. If you’ve not had a review since April 2019, then please contact us to check you are eligible.
If you are eligible for a flu vaccination as you have a chronic condition, please contact us to book your Flu vaccination, we can only offer flu vaccinations for this season until the end of this month.
If you have COPD, we’d like to see you once a year for an annual check-up, if you haven’t had a check since April 2019, then please ask at reception so they can ensure you have a timely check-up.
If you, or someone you care for is suffering from dementia, we’d like to see you at least once a year to review your care plan and to check that you’re doing ok. If we’ve not seen you to talk about how you are managing in the last 12 months, please ask reception to book you an appointment.
If you struggle with depression or a mental health condition, we want to check that you are managing ok, even if your condition is currently stable. If we haven’t seen you in the last twelve months, we’d like to have the opportunity to check how you are doing, so please ask at reception to see your GP.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, we like to see you once every twelve months to review your condition and medication. If you’ve not had a review in the last 12 months, then please ask one of our reception team to make an appointment for your review.
If you are a smoker and would like support to stop, please ask at reception about an appointment to discuss this, or for further advice.
If you are aged 25 to 64 and female, you are eligible for a smear test every three to fine years. If you think you’ve had a reminder, but not booked your test, or you aren’t sure how long it is until you have a test, please ask at reception and we’ll check for you.

Ovarian cancer

March is ovarian cancer awareness month. Target ovarian cancer as running their Take Ovar campaign to help stop late diagnosis of ovarian cancer. 11 women die from ovarian cancer each day in the UK, this is 11 too many. https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/its-time-take-ovar-0

The early symptoms of ovarian cancer can be easy to miss, which is one of the reasons for late diagnosis. Bloating, swelling and discomfort in your tummy, feeling full or losing your appetite and needing to pee urgently or more frequently can all be signs of other conditions too, so if you’re suffering from these, you should book an appointment to see the GP. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ovarian-cancer/symptoms/

Prostate cancer

If you are over 45, a black male, and have a parent or sibling who has suffered from prostate or breast cancer, you may be at higher risk of prostate cancer, you should check the risk factors here https://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information/are-you-at-risk/infographic-what-is-my-risk

Just because you fall into a lower risk group for prostate cancer, it doesn’t mean that it’s not possible for you to suffer from it. Be aware of the symptoms so you can get them checked out early if needed. https://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information/about-prostate-cancer

Prostate cancer UK are hoping to get you Marching 11,000 steps each day of the month to represent the 11,000 men who die each year of prostate cancer. You can get involved here https://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/march-for-men/march-the-month

Eating disorders

It’s eating disorders awareness week (EDAW) In the UK, 1.25 million people are estimated to have an eating disorder. That means that around 5 million people who love and care for them are also affected. Help raise awareness of eating disorders and help sufferers and their families get the support that they need. https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/edaw

Could you tell if someone you are close to has an eating disorder? Around 25% of sufferers are male, 15% of calls to the Beat eating disorders helpline were about someone over 40, and around 80-85% of people suffering from an eating disorder aren’t underweight, so if you are concerned about someone and their eating behaviours, don’t let the idea that they aren’t the ‘typical’ sufferer stop you from seeking advice https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types/do-i-have-an-eating-disorder

No smoking day (11th March 2020)

There are lots of reasons that quitting smoking is a good idea, but you might be surprised to find out that the first positive effects start happening within 8 hours https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-…uit-smoking/?gclid=CKWGg7Ku2ecCFddOGwod_rkATg

If you’ve considered giving up smoking, the NHS has designed an ideal app just for you. Packed with helpful advice and daily motivation, it should help you well on your way to quitting for good. If you can stay smoke-free for the 4 week programme, you are up to five times more likely to quit for good. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/apps/

World sleep day (13th March)

We’re talking sleep – are you getting enough? Could you have signs of getting too little sleep without realising it? https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-requirements#1

Feeling well rested isn’t just about getting the right amount of sleep, it’s also about the quality of sleep you get when you finally do fall asleep. This NHS guidance can help you to get the right quantity and quality of sleep. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/

Nutrition and hydration week 16th -22nd March 2020

Poor nutrition and hydration can have a detrimental impact on our health and wellbeing, but what does good nutrition look like? https://www.caremark.co.uk/location…he-importance-of-good-nutrition-and-hydration

What does a healthy diet look like? The NHS uses the Eatwell guide to help you simply divide your daily food intake into appropriate portions. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/

World oral health day (20th March)

The health of your mouth is directly related to the health of the rest of your body, and the health of your body can affect the health of your mouth. Why not take a look at this incredible symbiotic relationship https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475

If you’ve been invited for a cervical screening test for the first time, you might be a little anxious about what happens during the test, but there is really no need, this helpful guide explains all about it https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/cervical-screening/what-happens-during-cervical-screening

There are lots of ways to make a cervical screening test easier for you, this list of tips might give you some ideas about things that might help if you’re feeling a bit worried about it. We know that lots of people don’t like having a smear test, but they are an important screening test, and we’re very happy to try to make it as comfortable as possible for you. https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/cervical-screening/cervical-screening-tips

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