November Newsletter


Domestic violence
The symptoms of domestic abuse include: physical abuse, coercive control, verbal abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse.
It’s important to recognise that domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of their gender or sexuality.
Refuge has a domestic abuse helpline, including a British Sign Language service for those who are suffering from domestic abuse.
You might have heard of the term ‘coercive control’. It’s where one party in a relationship uses more subtle techniques to gain control. It’s now formally recognised as a form of domestic abuse.
With people spending more time together than normal, and with unusual circumstances prevailing, more incidents of domestic violence have been reported. If you have been affected by this, you will find help and resources here:

Men’s health

November is the month when lots of men grow a ’tache for charity. It’s not just about raising money, although money is helpful; it’s about giving men support for things like mental health and suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer has a very fast onset. If undetected, tumours can double in size in just 10 to 30 days. If you have a lump in your testicles, or feel pain or discomfort in your testicles or scrotum, you should speak to your GP surgery to have this checked. These can be symptoms of benign diseases, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Child flu vaccinations
Flu symptoms come on rapidly and can include a high temperature, feeling exhausted, an aching body, and cold-like symptoms along with sickness or diarrhoea.
While flu is generally a mild illness, children can become unwell and need further treatment if their symptoms don’t settle.
The flu vaccine for children is safe and effective. Children can catch and spread flu easily, so vaccinating them helps to protect them and others. If your child is aged 2-3, or is aged 6 months to 17 years of age and at increased risk from flu, your GP surgery can book an appointment for your child’s vaccination now.

Stay well in winter
Those who are pregnant, aged under 5, or over 65, on limited incomes, who have a long-term health condition or who have a disability may be more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather.
From 1st November to 31st March each year, the Met Office runs a system for cold weather alerts to ensure that people are advised in advance if the weather is likely to be adverse.

If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, why not keep an eye out to make sure they’re OK. If you notice that curtains are closed during the daytime, or milk bottles are left out, why not knock on the door and check your neighbours are alright. If the weather is very cold, icy or slippery, why not check to see if your neighbours need anything before you pop to the shops. Most of all, if neighbours are elderly or housebound, they may not get a chance to talk to others very often, so a chat and a cuppa might be just what’s needed.

Flu vaccination
Flu vaccines are safe and effective and can help to protect you against influenza. You may be offered a COVID-19 vaccination at the same time as your influenza if you’re due to have one as it’s safe to administer both at the same time.
Most people who contract influenza will recover within a week, but for some people the complications can be severe, leading to hospitalisation, disability and even death. If you’re offered a vaccination for flu, please consider having it. It could save your or someone else’s life.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, and it’s rare in those aged under 40. Around 72% of cases can be attributed to smoking. There are few early signs of lung cancer, but many sufferers will eventually develop such symptoms as a persistent cough, coughing up blood, breathlessness and unexplained weight loss or aches and pains when coughing or breathing.

Finger clubbing and back or shoulder pain are some of the less frequently recognised symptoms of lung cancer. While they do not occur in every patient, they’re symptoms that might not be recognised.
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation was set up by cardiothoracic surgeon Professor Ray Donnelly who was hugely concerned about the challenge posed by lung cancer. Since then, the charity has helped fund research, improve access to treatments and support all those affected by lung cancer.

COVID-19

While COVID-19 restrictions have been eased in the UK, there are still some precautions that WHO recommend we take in order to protect ourselves and others. This is especially important over the winter months when indoor activities become more prevalent.
Well in excess of half a million people have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 during the course of the pandemic in the UK; that’s equivalent to around 1 in 120 people in the UK.

App of the month
My House of Memories is an app designed for and with those living with dementia and their carers. It has links to pictures and sounds to evoke memories and prompt discussion. https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/my-house-memories/

Stress Awareness Week (1st – 5th November)
Stress can have long-term physical and psychological effects, and it’s important to recognise the effect of stress on your long-term health.
There are ways in which you can help to reduce the stress in your life, and improve your stress management. There are also some app recommendations that can help:

Stay safe on Bonfire Night (1st – 5th November)
While many of us look forward to Bonfire Night as a fun and exciting time, each year people are injured through avoidable accidents. Fireworks can be very dangerous, and it’s better to attend an arranged professional display if possible.
If you’re determined to have a display or bonfire at home, make sure you follow The Firework Code and the advice given by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
Bear in mind that animals can be terrified of fireworks.

World Diabetes Day (14th November)
In the UK, we’re fortunate to have access to good care for diabetes, but access to diabetic care is one of the big challenges facing the world.
It’s almost 100 years since Leonard Thompson received the first successful insulin injection at the age of 14 in Canada. Until the advent of insulin injections as a treatment for Type 1 diabetes, a diagnosis meant a death sentence, and many did not live more than a few weeks after diagnosis.
There’s also Type 2 diabetes to consider. The incidence of Type 2 diabetes is increasing. Being diagnosed increases your risk of complications, including heart attacks, strokes and blindness. You can find out what your individual risk is likely to be by answering a few quick questions from the IDF.

Anti-Bullying Week (15th – 19th November) including Odd Socks Day – Anti bullying (15th November)
Wear odd socks to stand up to bullying. 15th November is the start of Anti-Bullying Week, and we wear odd socks to highlight that everyone is different but equal.
Over half of the UK’s 12 –15-year-olds have faced some form of bullying in the last year.
Adults can be victims of bullies too. If you’re feeling bullied by someone, you can call the National Bullying Helpline for friendly, supportive advice.
ONE KIND WORD, that’s the message for Anti-Bullying Week this year. Sometimes all it takes to break the cycle of bullying is one kind word. One kind word can make the difference to someone’s day.

Alcohol awareness (15th – 21st November)
The theme of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week is ‘alcohol and relationships’. Alcohol can put an intense strain on family, personal and work relationships.
After a long period of lockdowns and social isolation, some people have found their relationship with alcohol, and with others, has changed.
If you’re drinking too much, it’s not necessarily sensible to stop drinking immediately, even if you feel ready. Long-term or heavy use of alcohol can leave you vulnerable to some severe side effects if you stop abruptly. Whether you think you need to seek help yourself, or you’re hoping to support a friend or family member, the links below should help:

COPD awareness (17th November)
Wednesday 17th November is COPD Awareness Day. If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with COPD, the British Lung Foundation has a wealth of resources and information to help and support you.
You can see the ‘Keeping Well with COPD’ site, hosted by the British Lung Foundation, here:

Published: Oct 27, 2021