Monthly Archives: December 2021

December 2021- Update

Children

It can be difficult to know when you should book an appointment if your child is unwell. Cardiff University has developed some information to help, covering common minor childhood illnesses, the leaflet shows how long children are likely to be unwell and symptoms to watch out for.
It’s also worth checking out the Lullaby Trust FREE app that supports you in assessing your baby’s condition. When you have a very young child, it can be difficult to know whether you need to seek medical attention for them. The app asks a series of simple questions and gives a score that tells you whether you need to seek advice or whether you can continue caring for your baby at home.

Children can spread flu to older people who are more at risk from complications of flu. If you’ve been offered a flu vaccine for your child, please make an appointment and help us to protect your child and others from the flu.
There is an amazing resource from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for parents of young children. Broken down by ages and stages, you can check what your child is likely to be able to do, with fantastic suggestions about how to develop key skills. With sections on starting nursery and school, you can help to ensure your child gets a head start.

http://www.whenshouldiworry.com/view-booklet.php
https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/baby-check-app/
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/
https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/kids/child-development/

Older Adults

As we get older, our nutritional needs change, as does our appetite. It can be difficult to ensure you’re meeting your nutritional needs, particularly if cooking seems like a challenge. Age UK has information to help you maintain your healthy eating habits. It’s not just food though, staying warm is very important too.
People born before 26th September 1955 can get between £100 and £300 to help with the cost of heating their home over the winter. You should receive this by 14th January 2022. You don’t need to claim if you’ve had it before, but if you’ve deferred your State Pension, or in some other circumstances, you may need to confirm you’re eligible.

If you’re a carer, we know you’ll have at least one person who relies on you being fit and well. As a practice, we offer support to carers and the people they care for. If you’re a carer, or you have a carer, we’d like to know so that we can give you the best possible support. You can request a Carer’s Assessment to ensure that the right support is available to you when you need it.November 2021

https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/healthy-eating/
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/socia…rt-and-benefits-for-carers/carer-assessments/

Staying warm advice

Given the current cost of heating and electricity, you might be worried about staying warm over the winter. We’ve found a handy article with some hints about ways to stay warm while saving money.
If you’re in receipt of certain benefits or receive support for mortgage interest, you should be eligible for Cold Weather Payments to help with your heating bills if the weather is forecast or recorded to be below zero degrees in your area for seven consecutive days.
Additionally, people born before 26th September 1955 can get between £100 and £300 to help with the cost of heating their home over the winter. You should receive this by 14th January 2022. You don’t need to claim it if you’ve had it before, but if you’ve deferred your State Pension, or in some other circumstances, you may need to confirm you’re eligible.

https://housewifehowtos.com/save-money/30-frugal-ways-to-stay-warm-in-winter/
https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment
https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

Crohn’s and colitis (1st to 7th December)

Crohn’s and colitis can cause embarrassment for sufferers. Symptoms can be as diverse as diarrhoea, cramping, tiredness and mouth ulcers. If you have digestive symptoms you’re concerned about, please make an appointment with us. There are a number of causes of abnormal digestive symptoms, so it’s a good idea to have them checked.

If you suffer from Crohn’s or colitis, could you share your story to help raise awareness?

https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-crohns-and-colitis/what-are-the-symptoms
https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/awareness-week-2021

COVID-19

The festive season was less than jolly last year. With Christmas cancelled for many, the impact was felt by families across the nation. What have we learned that could help stop the same thing happening again?

Whether you’ve been vaccinated or not, there are some signs and symptoms of Covid that you should look out for, and not all appear on the official list. The ZOE Covid Study has been looking at data from thousands of people.

At the height of the pandemic, the message was clear that we needed to ensure we washed our hands. It’s a simple hygiene message that’s all too often forgotten. It’s not just prevention against Covid, but also a whole host of other bugs and germs.

https://theconversation.com/four-ways-to-stop-covid-ruining-christmas-again-in-2021-172200
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/do-i-have-covid-or-a-cold-how-to-tell-the-difference

Norovirus and hand hygiene

Norovirus is a very unpleasant vomiting bug, often prevalent in winter. If you’re suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea, it’s possible that norovirus is the cause.

At the height of the pandemic, the message was clear that we needed to ensure we washed our hands. It’s a simple hygiene message that’s all too often forgotten. It’s not just prevention against Covid, but also a whole host of other bugs and germs.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Grief awareness week (2nd – 8th December)

As a practice, we’d like to support you if you’re recently bereaved. Losing someone you care about can be very difficult, and we understand how overwhelming the feelings of grief can be. If we can be of help to you during this time, please let us know how we can support you.
The Good Grief Trust is run by the bereaved for the bereaved and offers support and a listening ear. With an extensive list of other sources of support for your individual circumstances, the Good Grief Trust can help you through some of the complex emotions associated with loss. https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org

Money worries

Many people cite financial worries as a cause of worsening mental health. If you’re struggling to cope with your financial worries, the NHS has a page dedicated to means of finding support. If you’re worried about money, have you checked that you’ve claimed everything you’re entitled to? You can find help from the Citizens Advice Bureau if your personal circumstances are challenging. There are many ways to access help and support, so please don’t let financial concerns get on top of you.

https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk
https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/ad…nd-events/how-to-cope-with-financial-worries/

Food banks

Sadly, all too many people are finding it difficult to feed themselves and their families. The Trussell Trust can help you to find a food bank near you. The website gives details of the food banks nearest to you and tells you how to access their support. https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/

Domestic abuse (Christmas incidents)

Refuge has a National Domestic Abuse Helpline. They offer help, support and guidance for women and children suffering from domestic abuse. Abuse doesn’t have to be physical.

Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for free, confidential specialist support. Or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk to fill in a webform and request a safe time to be contacted or to access live chat (live chat is available 3pm-10pm, Monday to Friday). Refuge’s website has a quick exit button, or you can try using a private or incognito browser window if you’re worried your abuser may find out.

As technology advances, abusers are finding more sophisticated ways to keep their victims monitored. For real-time automated guidance on how to secure your personal devices, Refuge also has a Tech Safety Tool.

https://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now/
https://refugetechsafety.org

NHS111 for Out Of Hours and alternatives

Over the festive season, you may find that access to GP, dental and other healthcare services is affected. You can find out where to access services by using the NHS111 information page for help and advice.

Over some of the festive season, the practice may be operating reduced hours, and on some days may be closed entirely. If you need help while the practice is closed, you can call 111.

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care-services/nhs-out-of-hours-services/
https://111.nhs.uk

If you need to access Out Of Hours services while the practice is closed and you have difficulty communicating or hearing, you can use the Relay UK app to access help. Call 18001 111 using your smartphone, tablet or computer, or via a traditional textphone.
If you need access to medical services during practice closures and you use British Sign Language for communication, you can use the Sign Video app to access NHS111.

https://www.relayuk.bt.com/relay-uk-services/relay-uk-app.html
https://signvideo.co.uk/nhs111/