Diabetes Awareness Week 16 – 22 April 2018
The NHS Diabetes Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Week will take place 16 - 22 April 2018.
The campaign aims to:
- Raise awareness of diabetes and lifestyle risk
- Raise awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it
- Raise awareness of at risk groups
It is estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle
- It represents a real threat to health
If untreated it can lead to:
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
- Lower limb amputation
Even if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented through:
- Losing weight
- Eating healthily
- Being more active
To start to get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, click the link below:
Take up the offer of a free NHS Health Check which will assess your risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
Be Clear on Cancer – Blood in Pee
Did you know that blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer?
The current NHS Be Clear on Cancer campaign encourages people to go to their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, even if they only see it once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable.
Around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. These cancers can affect people of all ages but are most common in those over 50.
Blood in your pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancer.
Other bladder cancer symptoms include:
- Cystitis (a urinary tract infection) that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment
- Pain when peeing.
Other kidney cancer symptoms include:
- A pain in the side, below the ribs, that doesn’t go away
- Weight loss.
You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out. If you’ve been to the doctor but your symptoms haven’t gone away, go back – they’ll want to know.
Want to know more?
Click the link below:
Prescription Charges from 1st April 2018
From 1st April the prescription charge rises to £8.80 for each dispensed item (some items may have more than one charge e.g. elastic hosiery).
The prescription charge is a contribution to the NHS. It is not a payment to the surgery or its dispensary and is not related to the cost of your medicine(s).
Please click below for more information:
Save money on NHS prescription charges
Prescription Charges will rise from 1st April 2018.
Did you know that if you pay for your prescriptions and need more than 12 prescribed medicines a year, you could save money with a prescription prepayment certificate.
You can buy a 3 month or 12 month certificate. The 12 month certificate can even be paid by Direct Debit instalments.
For more information, click below:
Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it's especially common in winter, which is why it's also known as "seasonal flu".It's not the same as the common cold. Flu usually starts more suddenly, is more severe and lasts longer.
The main symptoms of flu include:
- a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
- tiredness and weakness so much so that you need to stay in bed
- a headache
- general aches and pains
- a dry, chesty cough
You can help stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others by:
- washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water
- regularly cleaning surfaces such as your computer keyboard, telephone and door handles to get rid of germs
- using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- putting used tissues in a bin as soon as possible
- avoiding unnecessary contact with other people while you're infectious
To ease symptoms:
- rest at home
- keep warm and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and to relieve aches if necessary
- stay off work or school until you're feeling better, for most people this will take about a week
When to see your GP:
- If you are normally fit and healthy there is usually no need to see a doctor but consider contacting your GP if:
- you are 65 years of age or over
- you are pregnant
- you have a chronic medical condition – such as diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease, or a neurological disease
- you have a weakened immune system – e.g. you're having chemotherapy or have HIV
- you develop chest pain, difficulty breathing, or start coughing up blood
- your symptoms are getting worse over time or haven't improved after a week
For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Flu/
Call NHS 111 if you are concerned or need advice
NHS England Seasonal Flu Advice: