Health news for April

COVID vaccination

If you’re over 50, or have a condition that makes you at higher risk from coronavirus, are a frontline health and social care worker, have a learning disability, or are a carer for someone at higher risk from coronavirus, you can book your appointment for vaccination now by contacting us, or visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coron…rus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Gynae red flags

We know that some problems seem embarrassing to share. Although, as GPs, we’ve seen it all before, we do understand that you might find some things challenging to discuss. If you have any of these gynaecological symptoms, we’d like to see you to discuss them: https://www.redonline.co.uk/health-self/self/a33466580/gynaecologist-symptoms-cervical-cancer/

Healthy diet

Body image has been discussed frequently in the media. We’re not talking about losing weight here; we’re focusing on a healthy diet. If you’re eating a healthy diet with a calorific intake appropriate for your physical needs, the rest will take care of itself. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/balanced-diet-women

Cholesterol

Men are more at risk of high cholesterol than women. Minor changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference to your long-term risks. Increased cholesterol puts you at greater risk of heart problems and strokes. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-cholesterol/

Young people, sexting and bullying

If you’re a young person suffering from bullying, you can access support and help through Bullying UK. https://www.bullying.co.uk

If you have a child who has access to their own mobile phone, you should talk to them about the dangers of sexting. https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/sexting/

If you’ve got in over your head and are worried about sexting, Bullying UK has brilliant advice covering all the different angles. https://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-young-people/sexting/

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has got some handy and practical tips on how to deal with bullying. If you feel bullying is affecting your mental health, we can offer help and support. https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.o…/Top tips for children and young people_0.pdf

Stress awareness

Stress has been a significant feature of the last 12 months for most people in the UK. We’ve had to cope with things we probably never would have thought possible. If you’re not feeling as happy as you did 12 months ago, then perhaps it’s worth taking a look at this NHS quiz: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/se…ties/depression-anxiety-self-assessment-quiz/

If you think that relaxation is all crossed legs and yoga, you couldn’t be more wrong. Relaxation takes many forms as this information from MIND shows: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/relaxation/relaxation-tips/

Changes that happen with age

Some changes to your body are common when you get older. What changes can you expect, and how can you minimise the impact? https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/normal-aging#1

If you’re an older adult, you might want to give some thought to how you’d like your life to look as you get older. It’s worth thinking about how much support you might need, and whether you’d need to make changes to your living arrangements before it becomes an urgent need. https://www.caregiversolutions.ca/caregiving/5-stages-caregiving/

Diabetes awareness

Diabetes is a major cause of ill health in the UK. One in ten people over 40 in the UK are now living with a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Have you checked whether you’re at risk? https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/s…95QhstRN_qD7AwIm8VIClO6Nkx3irU1AaAjPhEALw_wcB

More than half of all cases of Type 2 Diabetes could be delayed or prevented. What steps can you take to reduce your risk? https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/can-diabetes-be-prevented

IBS awareness

April is IBS awareness month. Chances are, if you don’t suffer from IBS, you know someone who does. Sufferers often don’t talk about their symptoms due to embarrassment. Have you ever considered what it’s like to live with IBS? https://www.bladderandbowel.org/news/april-is-ibs-awareness-month-but-what-is-ibs-really-like/

Irritable bowel syndrome can be a life-long challenge to live with, restricting your diet and activities. If any of the symptoms sound familiar, such as regular stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation, it might be worth making a GP appointment to discuss it. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs/

Arthritis

Most people will have heard of arthritis, but there is a wide range of associated conditions that have similar symptoms. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/arthritis/

Versus Arthritis is dedicated to supporting people suffering with arthritis. They have a brilliant website full of useful resources. https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/arthritis/

Bowel cancer (All month)

Bowel Cancer UK want you to get active every day in April. You can raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK and get fit at the same time; it’s a win-win! https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/support-us/fundraise/step-up-for-30/

COVID-19 has led to fewer people seeking help for worrying symptoms. If you have bleeding from your bottom, and/or blood in your poo, you should get it checked out. It may not be anything serious, but it’s better to find out quickly. https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/symptoms/

Park runs

While restrictions in the UK mean that park runs for adults can’t go ahead, if you’ve considered ‘junior parkrun’, there’s good news ahead. It’s a brilliant way to keep fit and get youngsters outdoors. https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2021/03/23/covid-19-coronavirus-update-23-march/

Although ‘parkrun’ can’t go ahead in organised groups at the moment, you can always run the route. Check out your local park runs here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/#geo=1.71/7.5/-28.4

Shingles

If you’re aged between 70 and 79, you’re eligible for a shingles vaccination. If you have previously been told that you are eligible, but didn’t take up the offer, you can still have the vaccine before your 80th birthday. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/shingles-vaccination/

Learning disabilities

If you’re aged 14 or over and are on our Learning Disability Register, we’d like to see you at least once a year for a check-up, and to see how you’re getting on. If you think you should be on our register but aren’t sure if you are, just give us a call and we will have a look for you. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/learning-disabilities/annual-health-checks/

If you’ve received an invitation for a health check because you or someone you care for has a learning disability, please make sure you attend so we can check your general health and make sure you’re feeling well. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/learning-disabilities/annual-health-checks/

Autism awareness (29th March to 4th April)

If you think of the autism spectrum as being a linear scale, you might want to think again: https://the-art-of-autism.com/understanding-the-spectrum-a-comic-strip-explanation/

Fewer girls are diagnosed with autism than boys, so why is that? This interesting piece looks at the reasons that girls are diagnosed less often: https://sparkforautism.org/discover_article/are-girls-with-autism-hiding-in-plain-sight/

Bank holidays

We will be closed over the bank holidays. For out-of-hours arrangements, please see our website for details: [INSERT YOUR WEBSITE ADDRESS]

Week commencing 5th April

World Health Day (7th April 2021)

7th April is World Health Day and WHO wants us to address health inequalities across the globe. As a nation with access to excellent health care, free at point of need, we should encourage improved healthcare for every nation. https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2021

As COVID-19 has demonstrated, where you live can have a massive impact on your life. Health inequality shouldn’t happen in the UK because we have free access to good healthcare. For men, the difference between the least deprived and most deprived areas is almost ten years of life expectancy. That’s not the whole argument though. Attending reviews, and making healthy lifestyle choices can improve health outcomes. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/what-are-health-inequalities

Parkinson’s awareness (11th April 2021)

11th April is World Parkinson’s Day. If you are, or you care for, someone living with Parkinson’s disease, tune in between 11 and 12 for a live event that covers topics that matter to you: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/world-parkinsons-day-2021

Around 145,000 people in the UK are living with Parkinson’s. It’s a neurological condition that gets worse over time. https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/what-parkinsons

Week commencing 12th April

Haemophilia awareness (17th April 2021)

Haemophilia is a rare disease, and most people who suffer from it are male. It’s usually inherited, but would you know what the signs are? https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/haemophilia/

Week commencing 26th April

European Imms Week (26th April – 2nd May 2021)

The theme for this year’s European Immunisation Week is ‘Prevent, Protect, Immunise’. As we’ve all seen in the past months, we need herd immunity to protect those who cannot be immunised. In the UK, we’re offered free vaccinations at certain times in our lives. If you’re offered a vaccination, please have it; it can save your life as well as the lives of others.

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