April Newsletter 

Gynae reg flags
We know that some problems seem embarrassing to share. Although, as GPs, we’ve seen it all before, we do understand that you might find some things challenging to discuss. If you have any of these gynaecological symptoms, we’d like to see you to talk about them: https://www.redonline.co.uk/health-self/self/a33466580/gynaecologist-symptoms-cervical-cancer

 

Diet, cholesterol and fitness
Body image has been discussed frequently in the media. We’re not talking about losing weight here; we’re focusing on a healthy diet. If you’re eating a healthy diet with a calorific intake appropriate for your physical needs, the rest will take care of itself. Men are more at risk of high cholesterol than women. Minor changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference to your long-term risks. Increased cholesterol puts you at greater risk of heart problems and strokes. One of the ways to reduce your risk is fitness.

Have you heard of ‘parkrun’? Parkrun is a fantastic free activity organised by volunteers. While restrictions in the UK mean that parkrun for adults can’t go ahead, there’s good news ahead if you’ve considered ‘junior parkrun’. It’s a brilliant way to keep fit and get youngsters outdoors. It’s not just for youngsters, though. Although parkrun can’t go ahead in organised groups at the moment, you can always run the route. You can check out the course for your local parkruns here:

https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2021/03/23/covid-19-coronavirus-update-23-march/

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/#geo=1.71/7.5/-28.4

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/balanced-diet-women

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-cholesterol/

 

Young people, sexting and bullying
If you’re a young person suffering from bullying, you can access support and help through Bullying UK. Bullying takes many forms, both in person and online. Some young people are encouraged to sext, which then provides different resources for bullies to use. If you have a child who has access to their own mobile phone, you should talk to them about the dangers of sexting. Bullying UK has brilliant advice covering many areas. The Anti-Bullying Alliance has got some handy and practical tips on how to deal with bullying too. If you feel bullying is affecting your mental health, we can offer help and support.

https://www.bullying.co.uk

https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/sexting/

https://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-young-people/sexting/

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.o.../Top tips for children and young people_0.pdf

 

Stress awareness
Stress has been a significant feature of the last 12 months for most people in the UK. We’ve had to cope with things we probably never would have thought possible. If you’re not feeling as happy as you did 12 months ago, then perhaps it’s worth taking a look at the NHS quiz below. Mindfulness can help to relieve stress, and if you think that relaxation is all crossed legs and yoga, you couldn’t be more wrong; relaxation takes many forms, as the following information from MIND shows. https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/se...ties/depression-anxiety-self-assessment-quiz/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/relaxation/relaxation-tips/
 
Ageing and shingles
Some changes to your body are common when you get older. What changes can you expect, and how can you minimise the impact? It’s not just physical changes. You may find that you need to reassess other areas of your life. You might want to give some thought to how you’d like your life to look as you get older. It’s worth thinking about how much support you might need and whether you’d need to make changes to your living arrangements before it becomes an urgent need.

Some conditions can be particularly uncomfortable if you are older, and shingles is one of them. If you’re aged between 70 and 79, you’re eligible for a shingles vaccination. If you have previously been told that you’re eligible but didn’t take up the offer, you can still have the vaccine before your 80th birthday. Shingles can be very unpleasant for several weeks, and it’s much better if you can avoid it altogether.

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

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/shingles-vaccination/

https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/normal-aging#1

https://www.caregiversolutions.ca/caregiving/5-stages-caregiving/
 
Diabetes awareness
Diabetes is a significant cause of ill health in the UK. One in ten people over the age of 40 in the UK are now living with a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Incredibly, more than half of all cases of Type 2 Diabetes could be delayed or prevented. Minor lifestyle changes can make a significant difference to your risks. What steps can you take to reduce your risk? If your risk score shows you as being of high risk for diabetes, please make an appointment with one of our nurses.

https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/s...95QhstRN_qD7AwIm8VIClO6Nkx3irU1AaAjPhEALw_wcB

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/can-diabetes-be-prevented
 
IBS and bowels
April is IBS Awareness Month. Chances are, if you don’t suffer from IBS, you know someone who does. Sufferers often don’t talk about their symptoms due to embarrassment. Irritable bowel syndrome can be a life-long challenge to live with, restricting your diet and activities. If any of the symptoms sound familiar, such as recurring stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation, it might be worth making a GP appointment to discuss it further. COVID-19 has led to fewer people seeking help for worrying symptoms. If you have bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo, you should get it checked out. It may not be anything serious, but it’s better to find out quickly. While the number of people who have bowel cancer is small, appropriate support costs money. Bowel Cancer UK would like to see you get active every day in April. You can raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK and get fit simultaneously, so it’s a win-win.

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/support-us/fundraise/step-up-for-30/

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/symptoms/

https://www.bladderandbowel.org/news/april-is-ibs-awareness-month-but-what-is-ibs-really-like/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs/
 
Arthritis
Most people will have heard of arthritis, but there is a wide range of associated conditions with similar symptoms. Versus Arthritis is dedicated to supporting people who have arthritis. They have a brilliant website full of valuable resources. Arthritis varies considerably in severity and treatment, so it’s always worth talking to your GP if things have changed for you.

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

https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/arthritis/
 
Learning disabilities
If you’re aged 14 or over and are on our Learning Disability Register, we’d like to see you at least once a year for a check-up, and to see how you’re getting on. If you’ve received an invitation for a health check because you or someone you care for has a learning disability, please make sure you attend so we can check your general health and make sure you’re feeling well. If you think you should be on our register but aren’t sure if you are, just give us a call and we’ll have a look for you.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/learning-disabilities/annual-health-checks/
Autism awareness (29th March to 4th April)
If you think of the autism spectrum as a linear scale, you might want to think again. Autism is a complex condition and, as they say, if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. Fewer girls are diagnosed with autism than boys, so why is that? This interesting piece below looks at the reasons why girls are diagnosed less often.

https://the-art-of-autism.com/understanding-the-spectrum-a-comic-strip-explanation/

https://sparkforautism.org/discover_article/are-girls-with-autism-hiding-in-plain-sight/
 
World Health Day (7th April 2021)
7th April is World Health Day and WHO wants us to address health inequalities across the globe. As a nation with access to excellent healthcare, free at point of need, we should encourage improved healthcare for every country.

As COVID-19 has demonstrated, where you live can have a massive impact on your life. Health inequality shouldn’t happen in the UK because we have free access to good healthcare. The difference between the least deprived and most deprived areas equates to almost ten years of life expectancy for men. That’s not the whole argument, though. Attending reviews and making healthy lifestyle choices can improve health outcomes.

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2021

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/what-are-health-inequalities
 
Parkinson’s awareness (11th April 2021)
11th April is World Parkinson’s Day. Around 145,000 people in the UK are living with Parkinson’s. It’s a neurological condition that gets worse over time. If you are, or you care for, someone living with Parkinson’s, tune in between 11 and 12 for a live event that covers topics that matter to you. You can join the event by visiting the parkinsons.org.uk website on the day or by watching on YouTube. https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/world-parkinsons-day-2021

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/what-parkinsons
 
European Imms Week (26th April – 2nd May 2021)
The theme for this year’s European Immunisation Week is ‘Prevent, Protect, Immunise’. As we’ve all seen in the past months, we need herd immunity to protect those who cannot be immunised. In the UK, we’re offered free vaccinations at certain times in our lives. If you’re offered a vaccination, please have it; it can save your life and the lives of others.
 

COVID vaccination

If you’re over 50, or have a condition that makes you at higher risk from coronavirus, are a frontline health and social care worker, have a learning disability, or are a carer for someone at higher risk from coronavirus, you can book your appointment for vaccination now by contacting us, or visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coron...rus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Published: Apr 1, 2021

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