Health Information

Your Health

We encourage all our patients to share the responsibility of their health, both by preventing disease and treating existing diseases. Many serious illnesses can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle. You can discuss the various ways of promoting improvements in your general health with your doctor or Practice Nurse.

Provision of Lifestyles Information Protocol

NHS Screening Timeline

 

Stop Smoking

DON’T GIVE UP GIVING UP!

  • Smoking kills 120,000 people every year in the UK
  • Smokers are 50% more likely to get ill and die early
  • Nicotine in cigarettes is 10 times more addictive than heroin
  • It is never too late to stop smoking

Tips For Quitting

  • Make sure you plan your attempt at quitting
  • Get support from family and friends
  • Pick a date and keep to it
  • Reward yourself with treats from the money you save
  • Keep positive and focused; take one day at a time

Research shows that stopping smoking is one of the most important changes you can make to improve your health. Many smokers who achieve long-term success in quitting admit that it took more than one quit attempt to do so.

There a range of products recommended to assist smokers to quit. These are available on prescription and include:

  • Champix – a drug used daily for 12 weeks suppressing the desire to smoke
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy – recent research has proven that using more than one product at a time achieves higher chances of success
  • Zyban – a drug used daily for 8 weeks that suppresses the desire to smoke

Statistics show that smokers attending group sessions can achieve a 70% success rate.

For help and support if you are smoking and would like to consider quitting contact Quit51 directly on 0800 622 6968, text 66777, email contact.quit51@nhs.net, or visit your local pharmacist for support.

Visit the NHS website www.smokefree.nhs.uk or www.quit51.co.uk

Alcohol

A small amount of alcohol will do no harm BUT it is important to know the limits.

1 unit = 1 pub measure (25ml) of spirits/ 1 small glass of wine or sherry/ a half pint of beer or lager. A bottle of wine can equal 10 units. Safe limits (spread over 1 week) are:

  • Women: 14 Units
  • Men: 14 Units

Try to avoid alcohol for 2 days each week.

It is estimated that one in five admissions to A&E is alcohol related. To get information about safe levels of drinking visit “Down your drink” website. Read a recent BBC article reviewing the key issues relating to alcohol misuse: “What damage does alcohol do to our bodies?”. Read the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ leaflet “Alcohol: our favourite drug” and finally visit www.drinkaware.co.uk

Diet

To control weight and reduce cholesterol in the blood to prevent heart disease.

To reduce weight and increase well being.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It can very often be reduced by adjustments to lifestyle alone. We advise adults to check their blood pressure every 5 years.

Cervical Smears

Recommended for women aged between 25 – 50 years at three yearly intervals (50 – 64 at five yearly intervals). It can detect cancer at a curable stage, before symptoms have appeared. We support a routine recall system for our patients.

Breast Screening

This is recommended for all women between 50-70 years and is performed locally. Women are routinely recalled every 3 years. Breast self-examination is encouraged for all ages and can be taught by our Practice Nurse.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

Men over the age of 65 can self-refer to this programme if you have not previously had a scan or any surgery linked with AAA. You can refer yourself by calling 01784 884859. The suppliers will require your name, address and date of birth. You can attend any of the available clinics, which are held in various locations locally. Most of these clinics are available from 9:30 – 16:30 but run on set days of the week. For more information, please click here: AAA screening

Verrucae and Warts

These are common viral infections of the skin. A lot will resolve on their own without treatment within 6 months to 2 years. You can speed up this process up using various over the counter treatments. The most popular and effective are acid treatments, such as Bazuka/Occlusal/Boots own etc. These need to be applied regularly for long periods of time with regular filing of the dead skin in between. This treatment will often work but can take months and a lot of persistence. Over the counter cryotherapy treatments can also be effective, such as Wartner. Another remedy that is documented to have helped is covering the wart/verruca in duct tape and filing it every 6 days or so, again this takes time. Some people also find taping banana skin onto the area resolves it.

It is not usually necessary to see your doctor about warts and verrucae. They should get better with these treatments. In exceptional cases it may be necessary to consult your doctor for advice and then consideration may be given if topical cryotherapy is appropriate, but the evidence available shows that this is probably no more effective than any other method.

Young person’s guide to Health

We provide a confidential service to all our patients, including under 16 year olds. This means YOU can tell others about your visit but WE won’t. The only reason why we might pass on your confidential information without your permission would be to protect you or someone else from very serious harm. We would ALWAYS try and discuss this with you first.

Our nurses offer help and advice to young people for help with stop smoking, weight management, healthy life styles and advice on minor health problems.

Keep your immunisations up to date! Young people aged 16-24 are at risk of measles and mumps. Make an appointment with our Practice Nurse.

We offer a full range of contraception and sexual health advice including free emergency contraception – just make an appointment with a doctor or nurse or ask advice from a local pharmacy. There is a family planning clinic on Wednesday from 5-7pm. For more information about drug and alcohol advice, please pick up a leaflet from Reception.

Child Health

Managing Your Child’s Health

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Are you a new parent? The CCG’s booklet Managing Your Child’s Health is now available for new parents…

Managing Your Child’s Health will help you decide the best way to treat your child and choose the most appropriate NHS services if they are unwell or injured, as well as giving helpful hints and tips. You will be given the booklet by your health visitor and it is also available from your practice nurse.

For an electronic version, please download it here: Managing Your Child’s Health

Mental health

Dementia

Dementia UK provides mental health nurses specialising in dementia care, called Admiral Nurses. Admiral Nurses are a lifeline to thousands of people in this country. They provide psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their feelings, and practical advice and information on dementia, its impact and how to cope. They can also provide referrals to other appropriate services and liaison with other professionals to provide holistic support.

Dementia UK also runs a national helpline and email service, Admiral Nursing Direct, which is for family and professional carers, people with dementia and those worried about their memory. Call 0845 257 9406 or email direct@dementiauk.org

Dementia Navigators supporting people living with dementia across Surrey. A diagnosis of dementia can be a shock and raise many questions whether you have the illness yourself or are caring for a person with dementia you will want to know how to go forward and what to expect. You can refer yourself to this service or you may be referred by your GP, health or social care staff. Sara Galvin 01784 444214 sara.galvin@alzheimers.org.uk

Websites which may be useful are Dementia UK (www.dementiauk.org); Alzheimer’s Society (www.alzheimers.org.uk); Friends of the Elderly (www.fote.org.uk)

Please note extracts of this information has been taken from information cards and leaflets provided by the organisations themselves.

IAPT Self-Referral Programme

From 15 June 2015, patients can self- refer to the IAPT Service.

Support  is offered in a sensitive and caring environment to people experiencing:

  • generalised anxiety and stress-related problems
  • panic attacks
  • depression, including pre and postnatal depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • phobias

 

Patients can access full service and contact details on the CCG website: http://www.nwsurreyccg.nhs.uk/Your-health/Looking%20after-your-mental-health/Pages/Psychological-Therapies-where-to-get-help.aspx

North West Surrey IAPT programmes:

Talking Therapies – Surrey Online

This is a free service which offers online therapy and can be accessed day or night, on a mobile, tablet or computer.

They can help you with:

  • Stress, worry and anxiety (including OCD)
  • Depression and low self-esteem
  • Panic attacks
  • Work and trauma related stress
  • Coping with physical health problems
  • Phobias

You can access video clips, interactive quizzes, reflective exercises and full support from therapists.

Patients can visit https://www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/surreyonline, email bks-tr.surreytalkingtherapies@nhs.net or call 0300 365 200 to find out more.

For urgent medical or mental health care, please contact your GP or call NHS 111. If it’s an emergency, call 999.

 

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