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Blood tests – routine blood tests postponed  

Blood tests – routine blood tests postponed


A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.


Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician feels that it is appropriate to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.


Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.


If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

Western Avenue Surgery – July 2021 Newsletter

Coercive control

1 in 7 men suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. Domestic abuse does not always mean physical violence – it also covers coercive and controlling behaviour, including psychological and emotional control. The ManKind Initiative has more information on types of abuse, signs to look out for and someone to talk to if you or someone you know is suffering. If you’re affected by this and would like to talk to one of our GP’s about this, please book an appointment.

Preventing diabetes

Could you be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes? Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Fortunately, preventing Type 2 diabetes is easy. Use the NHS Type 2 diabetes risk checker tool to see if you could be at risk.

Hot weather & sun advice – Children
Babies and young children can become ill during hot weather. Their health can be seriously affected by sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Sun safety is important at all ages. Protect skin by finding shade, keeping covered and wearing sunscreen. For more information on sun safety guidelines, read this helpful page from Cancer Research UK.


1 in 5 children and young people suffer from mental health problems in any given year. Kooth is a site aiming to provide children and young people a safe space to explore their concerns and seek professional support anonymously.

Having something to focus on can help your mental health. If you know someone aged 16/17 years old and looking to expand their boundaries, the NCS programme could be the perfect experience for them.

Meeting new people, learning new skills and finding their passion. Head to the NCS website to learn more.

Hot weather & sun advice – Elderly

If you’re caring for an older adult, it is better to be prepared for hot weather as high temperatures can be dangerous to their health. The heat can affect anyone, but some people are at greater risk of serious harm, especially those over 75. Always provide sun cream, hydration and ensure older adults have access to shade when enjoying the hot weather. For more information on staying safe in the sun, take a look at this helpful page. To keep informed about high temperatures, whether you’re a health professional or concerned about your wellbeing, or that of someone else, you might want to sign up for the Met office Heat-Health Alert service.

Osteoporosis prevention

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by weak bones with low or decreasing bone mass.

Almost 3 million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis, worryingly few people know they have it until they break a bone.

There are more than 300,000 fractures every year due to osteoporosis.

Symptoms can include:

– Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra

– Loss of height over time

– A stooped posture

– A bone that breaks easier than expected

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, please ask to speak to one of our GP’s.


Dehydration can affect anyone at any age. If you’ve been feeling thirsty, tired, dizzy or lightheaded and you’ve noticed your pee is darker or stronger smelling, you could be dehydrated. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 6 to 8 cups or glasses of water a day. The Eatwell Guides’ recommendations will help keep you hydrated and well nourished.

Sunscreen application

How to apply sunscreen from the NHS

Adults, remember 2,2,2:

2 teaspoons of sunscreen for your head, arms and neck.

2 tablespoons for your entire body ( such as when wearing a swimming costume).

Applied twice before going out – 30 minutes before and then again just before going out.

If you’re worried you might not be applying enough SPF30, you could use sunscreen with a higher SPF.

400/600/600 calorie rule

How are you? Public Health England has designed a personalised health assessment tool to help point you toward a healthier lifestyle. Aiming for 400 calories at breakfast and 600 for lunch and dinner can help you to lead a healthier lifestyle. Eating well can make a huge difference to your health and how you feel.

Skin cancer awareness

86% of melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK are preventable.

The risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors. Melanoma UK have lots of good information to help you minimise your risks.


Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash.

Symptoms can include: a tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin and a headache or feeling generally unwell.

Get advice from 111 as soon as possible if you think you have it.

Learn more on this page from the NHS.

Meningitis catch up

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can affect anyone but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. Many vaccinations are available that offer some protection against meningitis for babies and young adults. Read this page from the NHS for more information about vaccinations against meningitis.

Sarcoma awareness month: July

It’s Sarcoma Awareness Month. About 5,300 people a year are diagnosed with sarcoma. These uncommon cancers can affect any part of the body, on the inside or the outside. People can survive sarcoma if the cancer is diagnosed early. Sarcomas are a type of cancer, usually found by a patient when a lump appears on the leg, arm or trunk.

If you’ve experienced new or growing lumps, they could be a sign of cancer. If you’re concerned about a lump, please book an appointment with one of our GP’s.
Health information

We all need health information that we can trust, whether for our mental or physical health. Here are some websites we recommend for trusted advice.


Public Health England:

Cancer Research:

Change 4 Life:


Western Avenue Surgery – May 2021 Newsletter

COVID vaccination

The NHS COVID vaccination programme has been incredibly successful. Eligibility is changing rapidly, with more of the adult population becoming eligible. To see if you are eligible to book your vaccination, you can check here:…rus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Post-natal depression

Post-natal depression can be very difficult to deal with. If you’ve recently had a child and you’re finding you’re not enjoying life as much as you normally do, it’s possible it’s more than just the ‘baby blues’. Although it’s predominantly women who are affected, men can be diagnosed too.


If you’re sexually active, you need to be aware of the signs of an STI. Brook offer brilliant guidance and a symptom checker can help if you’re worried. If you’re concerned, please don’t feel embarrassed; we’ve seen it all before. The sooner you’re seen, the better. If you’re concerned that you could have an STI because you’ve had symptoms or unprotected sex, you can find an NHS clinic for a free appointment:

Staying healthy and National Walking Month

1.2 million more adults were inactive during the first eight months of the COVID-19 restrictions. Walking is an easy and free way to change things, if that applies to you. Walking six miles a week or more can help to reduce your risk of dementia. There are lots of incredible ways in which walking helps your overall health. The changes in physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic have had a negative impact on the health of many. If you’re sitting at a desk all day, possibly working from home in less than ideal conditions, have you considered what types of exercises might help or exacerbate your lower-back pain?

It’s not just inactivity that’s having an impact; what we’re eating makes a difference too. The NHS has developed a brilliant set of resources grouped together under ‘Eat Well’. Providing dietary and nutritional advice, along with delicious recipes, you really can enjoy food without sacrificing your healthy diet. Overall, adults are clearly less active, so what kind of example does that set for our children? 2020 and 2021 have been years like no others, with many children having spent months learning at home with their parents and carers. Who would have thought that children would be desperate to get to school? Make the most of that enthusiasm and get them walking! It’ll keep them fit, and help you get more active at the same time.

Smoking, tobacco and vaping

If you’re a teen smoker, you might want to think about giving up. Your long-term health can be seriously affected by smoking. It’s not just your health, though; smoking can seriously damage your wallet.

If you’re 16 and smoke ten cigarettes a day until you retire, you’ll have spent almost £130,000 on cigarettes in today’s money! If inflation over the next 50 years is the same as it has been in the last 50 years, a week’s worth of cigarettes will cost you almost £600.

Slips, trips and falls

Incredibly, more than 30% of people aged over 60 will have a fall once a year. But there are some things you can do to make sure you’re minimising the risk of you being one of them. Falls are the most common cause of injury-related deaths in the over 75s. So, if you fall, or someone you care for does, what should you do?…enting-slips-trips-and-falls-for-the-elderly/

Sun and skin safety

If you’re a child of the 80s, you might remember ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ for sun safety. For a child of the 20s, it’s now ‘Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide’. Teaching your child good habits for sun safety could help to prevent skin cancer. It’s also important to think about your skin and the effects of long-term sun exposure. If you have moles, how often do you check them or get someone else to check them for you? There’s a simple alphabetical guide to checking your moles:…ampaigns-and-events/slip-slop-slap-seek-slide


It’s not unusual for sufferers of Type 2 Diabetes to have had the symptoms of Diabetes for years before they’re diagnosed. Symptoms can come on very slowly, and this can mean that you don’t notice the changes. If you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, we’ll invite you each year to have a review. It’s really important to come to your review when invited, as the check we do helps us to detect any changes in your condition that might need further investigation.

World Asthma Day (5th May)

World Asthma Day is on 5th May. Asthma is highly variable between individuals, and can be life-threatening for some. One of the most common causes is allergies. The symptoms sufferers face are caused by the body’s reaction to the allergen. If you suffer from skin conditions, coughing, watery eyes and sneezing on a regular basis, it could be that you have an allergy. Most people are aware that hay fever is caused by an allergy, but there is a wide range of allergies that can cause similar symptoms.


Mental health awareness (10th – 16th May)

10th – 16th May is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is ‘nature’. You might wonder what nature has to do with mental health, but connecting with the natural environment is beneficial to mental health. With the challenges that lockdowns have brought over the last year, it’s more important than ever to make sure everyone can access the natural environment.

Smile and dental health (17th May – 16th June)

17th May marks the start of National Smile Month. If you rinse after brushing, that might not be the best way to look after your teeth. Did you know how closely linked your dental and overall health are? If not, you might find this video interesting:

Dementia awareness (17th – 23rd May)

17th – 23rd May is Dementia Action Week. The Alzheimer’s Society is calling on the Government to ‘Cure the Care System’. A dementia diagnosis doesn’t just affect the patient, it affects their family too, and getting the right support is vital. If you’re caring for someone with dementia, it can be very challenging. There are a few things you should think about to make sure your situation is sustainable:


Important message during the pandemic

The NHS is very busy responding to the coronavirus pandemic and, at certain times, your GP practice may need to prioritize patients with the most urgent health needs. 

 If you have a health issue that isn’t urgent, advice is available on the NHS website or NHS app or you can speak to your local pharmacist. You can also use e-consult which is available through our practice website .  If you aren’t sure what to do, please contact the practice who can advise you on how to get the help you need.

 Please continue to attend tests, vaccinations and screening when invited. is also available 24/7 for urgent health advice or by calling 111, and 999 is for emergencies.”   ‘