Be Clear on Cancer: Blood in Pee
Be Clear on Cancer campaign calls for people to “tell their doctor” if they notice blood in their pee
The campaign is urging people to tell their doctor straight away if they notice blood in their pee, even if it’s just once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but 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. If your symptoms persist, go back to your doctor – they will want to see you.
If you don’t check, you may not notice blood in your pee. So, remember to look before you flush the toilet and if you notice blood in your pee – even if it’s just once – tell your doctor.
For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee
Breastfeeding? Support Available For You
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of your baby's life, although any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed the greater the benefits. Click here to find out more about the wide range of local breastfeeding support available to you.
Over The Counter Medicine Prescribing Changes
Over the counter (OTC) medicines are medicines that can be purchased in a pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist or without pharmacy supervision in local shops and the high street. Self care using over the counter medicines helps you to look after yourself and your family when you can.
Following a period of national consultation, NHS England issued new guidance on OTC medicines. This means that for 35 minor, short-term health conditions over the counter medicines will not be routinely prescribed. To find out which conditions are affected visit http://www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/over-the-counter
OTC - Easy as 1-2-3
1. Advice - think 'pharmacy first'. Your local pharmacy is an expert in medicine and can advise you about common ailments and provide over the counter medicines.
2. Accessible - the high street can help. You can buy a variety of affordable over the counter medicines from pharmacies, local shops and the high street.
3. As good as prescribed! Many over the counter medicines are the same as those prescribed by GPs.
Further information can be found here: OTC Questions and Answers Self Care OTC Guidance
Why Don't We Treat Dental Problems?
GPs and practice nurses are not trained in dental problems. The British Medical Association made this statement:
"GPs should not attempt to manage a condition requiring dental skills unless they have the appropriate training and expertise. Both the civil courts and the GMC require doctors to have appropriate skills for any treatment they offer."
Antibiotics are not the correct treatment for most dental problems. If you are not sure whether the symptoms you have are coming from a dental problem please speak to our Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Duty Doctor who will be able to advise you. If you know you have a dental problem, please contact your dentist. If you are not registered with a dentist or they are not open, you can call the Wiltshire Dental Access Centre (0345 758 1926) and they will arrange for you to see a dentist.
Shape Up 4 Life - Free Weight Loss Programme
SU4L offers a FREE 12-week weight management programme that supports people to lose weight and keep it off long term. The programmes are open to anyone a ged 16 and over who has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over, living within Wiltshire. (Self referral is possible for anyone not taking medications and without any existing health conditions). Delivered online and in face to face sessions, each week contains an interactive nutrition workshop covering topics such as snacking, portion sizes and label reading followed by a variety of light exercise. The SU4L qualified instructors will support patients to achieve goals through balanced nutrition and simple exercise. And it's free! Click here to find out more and here for the self referral form.
HRT and the Menopause
This information sheet has been designed to answer some of the questions you might have about the menopause and its treatments. We recommend reading it before seeing your GP to help you get the most out of your appointment.
Do You Have Type 2 Diabetes?
The X-PERT Diabetes Programme will provide all the information you need to manage your diabetes. The course is free and you will also receive a free handbook. It is based on the latest scientific evidence and can help you to improve your health and quality of life. You may even be able to reverse your diabetes altogether!
6 weekly sessions each lasting 2 1/2 hours
For further information please contact:
Carolyn Ford, Diabetes, Wellbeing & Support Secretary
Act F.A.S.T. Stroke Campaign
The Act F.A.S.T. campaign raises awareness for the signs of stroke and reinforces the importance of acting F.A.S.T. and calling 999 if you notice any single one of the signs in yourself or others. The F.A.S.T. acronym is a simple test to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke and emphasises the importance of acting quickly by calling 999.
Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Arms - can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech - is their speech slurred?
Time to call 999
Not sure whether your child is well enough for school? Click here for detailed guidance on when to send your child or keep them home.
Did you know that you are in control of who has access to your health record? For information, guidance and to tell us your decision regarding access please click here.
For advice on making the right decision about where to go for healthcare in Wiltshire please click here.