Febraury 2022 Newsletter

WESTERN AVENUE SURGERY

Newsletter for February 2022

World Cancer Day (4th February 2022) 4th February 2022 marks 20 years since Cancer Research UK was founded. 4th February is also World Cancer Day, when we aim to raise awareness of cancer throughout the world. Close The Care Gap is the theme for World Cancer Day this year. Across the globe there are differences in the way that cancer is diagnosed and treated. More importantly there are differences in outcomes for people depending on where they live. Close The Care Gap aims to promote equity across the globe. https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/donate/world-cancer-day-2022. https://www.worldcancerday.org

Tinnitus Awareness Week (7th to 13th February 2022) If you’ve ever wondered what tinnitus is, sufferers hear a variety of noises that are not caused by external sounds. It is estimated that over 30% of people will experience tinnitus during their lifetime, and around 13% (1 in 8 people) live with tinnitus on a persistent basis. The British Tinnitus Association supports sufferers of tinnitus. Help is available Monday to Friday (9am till 5pm, excluding public holidays). You can access support via phone, email, text or web chat, but if you need medical advice, you’ll need to contact your GP instead. https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/all-about-tinnitus https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/helpline

National HIV Testing Week (7th to 13th February 2022) It’s National HIV Testing Week. If you could potentially have been exposed to HIV, it’s important to get tested. In the UK, in 2020, over 40% of people with HIV were diagnosed late. In 2019, those diagnosed late had a seven times greater risk of death within 12 months of diagnosis than those who were diagnosed earlier. Regular testing is the best way to ensure early diagnosis if your lifestyle may put you at greater risk. https://www.tht.org.uk/hiv-and-sexual-health/testing-hiv

Heart Month February is Heart Month. So, what does that mean? It’s all about raising awareness of heart issues and making sure that they are at the forefront of our minds. The British Heart Foundation is 60 years old, and has funded vital research and supported many thousands of families. In the 1960s over 7 in 10 heart attacks were fatal. Now, thanks to improvements in treatment and research, over 7 in 10 people who have a heart attack survive. An increase in the number of people who know how to perform CPR helps to improve the survival chances of anyone suffering a heart attack. Would you know what you need to do? If you’ve not been trained in CPR, or it’s been a while, The British Heart Foundation has a brilliant guide to point you in the right direction should you ever need it. https://www.bhf.org.uk https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life

International Prenatal Infection Month February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention month. Pregnant women and their unborn babies are more at risk from many infections. While you can’t avoid all risks during pregnancy, and most infections are not likely to cause serious consequences, it is a good idea to reduce risk where you can. Tommy’s has some good advice to offer. https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/infections-that-may-affect-your-baby/ https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/pregnancy-complications/infections/infections-pregnancy

Keeping active when you don’t feel like it Sometimes, when it’s cold and grey, or when you’re not on top form, you might prefer to skip the exercise. Keeping active in our daily lives is the best way to stay fit and healthy long-term. It’s important that keeping active works for you in your daily life. Starting an exercise plan is brilliant, but it’s important to make sure it’s sustainable. The NHS offers advice on how to get fitter in ways to suit your needs and lifestyle. Keeping fit can help to reduce your risk of developing a number of serious conditions including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeand…or-ever-25-tips-keep-exercising-expert-advice https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-active-your-way/

Depression We tend to think of depression as a problem that some adults have. Children and young people can suffer from depression too, and recognising the signs early could have a positive impact on their lives. Changes in their temperament, sleeping patterns and eating habits may be signs that this is something your child is struggling with. Diagnosing depression is something only a professional can do, but if you have felt down or you’re struggling to enjoy life, it’s possible that you are depressed. The NHS has a tool that can help you to establish whether you might be suffering from depression. If you are depressed, it’s vital that you seek support. If you’re already receiving appropriate treatment from your GP or psychiatrist, you may find that joining a support group of people who understand can also help. https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/ch…/advice-for-parents/children-depressed-signs/ https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/clinical-depression/support-groups/ https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/clinical-depression/overview/

Childhood obesity Almost a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese. If you’re not sure whether your child is a healthy weight, the calculator provided by the NHS can help you to check. Unlike adults, children are measured against centiles rather than BMI, and the calculator uses an easy to understand graph to show you where your child sits on the chart. If your child is overweight, there are a number of steps you can take to help them as they grow. The NHS advocates appropriate healthy eating and exercise to ensure you stay healthy for life. If you have a child who is underweight, what can you do to help them attain a suitable weight for their age and height? The advice varies depending on the age of the child. Whether your child is underweight, or overweight, helping to set healthy eating habits in childhood can help them with their long term health. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/ https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/health…/very-overweight-children-advice-for-parents/ https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/childrens-weight/

Children and their safety and wellbeing As technology advances and becomes more prevalent in our everyday lives, how can we make sure our children are supported to stay safe online? Internet Matters was founded in 2014 by some of the UK’s biggest internet service providers to help us keep our children safe online. Many young people report that the internet and social media are a major source of pressure in their lives. Try as we might to keep things light and easy for our children, stress is becoming more prevalent in younger people. The Children’s Society has brilliant advice for supporting your children in all aspects of their lives. https://www.internetmatters.org https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/young-people/well-being/resources/stress

Sexual abuse and consent The NSPCC want to make sure all children are kept safe throughout their lives. One of the ways that you can help your children to stay safe is to talk to them about the pants rule. The pants rule makes it clear to children that they can say no to someone who asks to see or touch the parts of the body that their pants cover. Using language that is easy for children to understand, this helps to start a difficult conversation. If you have older children and young adults, talking about consent is really important for both boys and girls. Young people need to know that consent is vital in any relationship or sexual encounter. Consent is everything has a brilliant video about tea, which explains the concept of consent really simply using tea as an analogy. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/ http://www.consentiseverything.com

COVID-19 vaccination If you are registered with a GP practice in England, you can use this service to book your coronavirus vaccination. It can be used to book first, second and booster doses if you are eligible. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coron…rus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

 

If you are registered with a GP surgery in Wales, you can check how to get your coronavirus vaccination here. Arrangements will depend on your local health board. https://gov.wales/get-your-covid-19-vaccination If you live in Scotland, and you haven’t yet had your first coronavirus vaccination, you can book your first dose here. https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19…ntments/registering-for-a-coronavirus-vaccine If you live in Northern Ireland, you can use this service to book your COVID-19 or annual flu vaccination. https://covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated/

Stay well in winter As we become older, changes to our bodies mean that it is more difficult to stay warm and healthy. People who are more vulnerable need to take extra care to stay well in winter. This includes those who are older, under five, or who have some long term health conditions. Age UK and the NHS have a range of advice to help. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/informatio…keep-well-this-winter/stay-healthy-in-winter/ https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/

Cold weather If you live in England, you can check what the cold weather alert level is for the next 24 hours. Being alert to the level of cold expected can help you to ensure that you, your family and neighbours are well prepared for the conditions. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/cold-weather-alert/?tab=coldWeatherAlert&season=normal The Scottish Government provides advice and information about all types of forecast disruptions including weather, traffic and air quality. https://ready.scot/prepare/stay-informed You can check for weather alerts in Wales via this Met Office link. Keeping a check on the type of weather you might expect over the next few days can help you to keep yourself, your family and neighbours safe and well. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings You can check for weather alerts in Northern Ireland via this Met Office link. Keeping a check on the type of weather you might expect over the next few days can help you to keep yourself, your family and neighbours safe and well. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings

Self care There are many minor illnesses you can treat at home, without needing to wait for a nurse or GP appointment. If you think you may need to see a GP to access treatment for a minor ailment, it’s worth checking here to see whether you can buy medicine over the counter. If you feel poorly, a well-stocked medicine box can be a real source of relief. Having medicines to hand means you can treat symptoms faster and don’t have to go out when you’re feeling ill. What should you keep in your medicine box? We want to make sure all our patients get the care they need, when they need it. The North West Ambulance Service have spent some time thinking about who can best help you and how, and have put together this handy information, so you know who to call. Do you know when you SHOULD call an ambulance? With lots of discussion in the press about how stretched the ambulance service is, would you know when to do it? You should call an ambulance when someone is in need of time-critical, life-saving help. https://www.westleicestershireccg.n…nd-your-medicine/self-care-for-minor-ailments https://www.westleicestershireccg.n…at-should-you-have-in-your-medicines-box/file https://www.nwas.nhs.uk/get-involved/campaigns/make-the-right-call/ https://www.yas.nhs.uk/our-services/emergency-ambulance-service-999/when-should-i-call-999/