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. https://www.mankind.org.uk/help-for-victims/types-of-domestic-abuse/

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. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms/

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/first-aid-and-safety/safety/safety-in-the-sun/

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/sun-safety

Teenagers

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.

https://www.kooth.com

https://wearencs.com/what-is-ncs

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.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/mind-body/staying-cool-in-a-heatwave/

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/protection-sun

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/?tab=heatHealth&season=normal

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.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/osteoporosis/

Dehydration

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/water-drinks-nutrition/

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/how-are-you-quiz/

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/eat-better/#txIWELci7u3AOvOS.97

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. https://www.melanomauk.org.uk/causes-and-risk-factors

Shingles

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles/

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. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/meningitis/vaccination/

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/soft-tissue-sarcoma/

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/soft-tissue-sarcoma/getting-diagnosed/seeing-your-gp

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/soft-tissue-sarcoma/living-with/resources-books
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.

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk

Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Cancer Research: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org

Change 4 Life: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk