We are very pleased that so many of our patients are very good at keeping themselves healthy. We encourage you to take up our offers of vaccinations (against 'flu, shingles etc) and also to keep up with various screening programmes (mammograms, bowel cancer screening etc) and regular healthchecks, and we are delighted that so many of you do. This section of the website is designed to give you information to help you to help yourself. Keep checking back as we will add to it from time to time.
Public Health England warns that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk
Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses, such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign returns in October 2018 to remind you that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you always take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice.
For further information on antibiotic resistance visit nhs.uk/antibiotics.
Be Clear on Cancer
The Be Clear on Cancer campaign urges people to “tell their doctor” if they notice blood in their pee
On 19th July, a Be Clear on Cancer campaign will launch to raise awareness of ‘blood in pee’ as a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancer.
The campaign is urging people to tell their doctor straight away if they notice blood in their pee, even if it is just once. Blood in pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancers and these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.
Knowing the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers and going to see the doctor if you have any of them could save your life.
For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee.
Dealing with Dementia
There is a very useful website which has been created by the BBC which uses music to help people with dementia reconnect with their memories. You can find it at https://musicmemories.bbcrewind.co.uk/. Evidence shows that music can help people with dementia to feel and live better. Memories from teenage years can often be the most powerful, and you can search for music from that time and begin to create a music playlist.