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Worried about breast cancer after the sad news about Sarah Harding?

If you are feeling worried or anxious about breast cancer after the sad news about Sarah Harding, there is support and advice available for you.

Breast Cancer Now have nurses available to answer your questions via their free Helpline 0808 800 6000 or you can find out more about signs and symptoms on their website https://breastcancernow.org/…/signs-symptoms-breast-cancer

You can also find advice at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/symptoms/

If you notice any symptoms of breast cancer, such as an unusual lump in your breast or any change in the appearance, feel or shape of your breasts book an appointment to see your GP asap.

The GP will examine you. If they think your symptoms need further assessment, they’ll refer you to a specialist breast cancer clinic.

Migraine Awareness Week

This week is Migraine Awareness Week and aims to raise awareness of the condition and highlight the impact it has to people living with it.

A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Many people have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Migraine is a common health condition affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.

Simple painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be effective for migraine. However, be careful not to take too many painkillers as this could make it harder to treat headaches over time.

You should make an appointment to see your GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than five days a month), even if they can be controlled with medication, as you may benefit from preventative treatment.

More information on migraines can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/migraine/

In this together!

We want to ensure that our GP practices are safe places for everyone – that is our absolute priority and we ask that you do all you can to help us help you. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and we thank you for your support – we’re #inthistogether. Watch this short film put together by Cheshire CCG featuring Tina Birkby a local Practice Manager and local GP, Dr Judi Price reinforcing the need to continue to stay safe and the ways that people will access general practice for the foreseeable future.

Childhood Respiratory Conditions

Dr Ravi Jayaram has teamed up with Cheshire CCG and created a short video explaining the rise in respiratory conditions in young children and what parents should be on the lookout for! To watch the video

CATCH App – a useful tool for anyone looking after little ones

Cheshire CCG have developed the CATCH app, a very useful tool for anyone looking after little ones.  It contains useful information about emergency care for children, services available in the local area and information on routine care such as immunizations and medication. Get it wherever you get your apps

Cedars Medical Centre COVID-19 advice to patients post 19th July 2021

After the 19th of July and Step 4 of the national COVID road map out of lockdown, many of the existing control measures will no longer be a legal requirement for us to follow.  However, our infection rates remain high in the area and are continuing to increase.  Given the rising infections locally and changes to the national COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking those visiting Cedars Medical Centre to go above and beyond the minimum guidance required.  This will also support the recovery of our local businesses and the wider economy, as increased transmission of the virus will result in major disruptions if staff are unable to work due to being unwell with COVID-19 or are legally required to self-isolate.  Please continue all the good work that has helped reduce the spread of the virus and protected our community and loved ones over the past 16 months.

The vaccination programme has weakened the link between infection, the risk of serious illness and loss of life. This is encouraging, but unfortunately it is not the end of the story. A massive rise in infections will impact on our unvaccinated children and teenagers and those who have not been vaccinated.  We have seen a tremendous uptake of our local vaccine programme so far 51,158 and would like to thank the volunteers that have made this possible.

Another danger of significant continued COVID-19 transmission is the risk of another mutation of the virus that could make it easier to catch and/or reduce the effectiveness of the current vaccines.

We would encourage patients to:

  • Get fully vaccinated – it’s shown to be safe and effective against the virus, and is the best way to keep yourself from getting seriously ill. It also reduces the risk of passing the virus on to someone else.
  • Be kind and considerate of others who may be feeling extremely nervous about the further lifting of restrictions.
  • Continue wearing face coverings if able in crowded indoor areas where social distancing cannot be followed, such as supermarkets and on public transport, in health and social care settings, such as hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries, and where it would make others feel more comfortable.
  • Continue social distancing by not unnecessarily being in crowded areas and continuing to work from home if possible.
  • Continue to practice good hand hygiene, in particular hand washing
  • Keep getting tested – everyone can undertake twice weekly rapid symptom free testing using Lateral Flow Tests (LFT). If people experience generally associated symptoms such as a headache, a stuffed or runny nose, tiredness or weakness, aches and pains, sore throat or diarrhoea, we would suggest an LFT and follow up with a PCR test if the LFT test is positive. If people have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste the guidance remains stay at home and book a PCR test.
  • Self-isolate if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, especially if you work in a high-risk setting.

It is difficult to say when this way of living will end, but winter is likely to be challenging.  After months of isolated lives, other infectious diseases are likely to increase. But, by maintaining our good practices in hand hygiene, face coverings and social distancing, our behaviours will all have a positive effect on reducing their impact.  This will protect our community and loved ones as it has done since the start of the pandemic.  Thank you once again to all of you. We’ve done so much by all working together and playing our part. We are asking that we all continue to look after each other and turn this around together.

Don’t let embarrassment stop you from getting your cervical smear test!

This Cervical Cancer Prevention week don’t let embarrassment stop you from getting your cervical smear test!

Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing, yet one in four of those invited for a screening in the UK, don’t attend.

Cervical Screening is the method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells can be identified and, if necessary treated to stop cancer developing.

All women and people with a cervix in the UK aged 25 to 49 are invited for a screening test every three years and those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.

What happens when you go for your cervical screening?

The screening test usually takes around 5 minutes to carry out.

You’ll be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on a couch, although you can remain fully dressed if you are wearing a loose skirt/dress.

The nurse or doctor will gently put an instrument called a speculum into your vagina, this holds the walls of the vagina open so the cervix can be seen.

The nurse or doctor will then use a small soft brush to gently collect some cells from the surface of your cervix. Although the procedure can be a little uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be painful. However, if you do find it painful let the doctor or nurse know as they may be able to reduce your discomfort.

Once the sample is taken, the doctor or nurse will close the curtain allowing you to dress whilst they prepare the sample to be sent off to the laboratory.

The cell sample is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis and you should receive the result within 2 weeks.

Many are nervous and embarrassed about the process of cervical screening, but there is no need to be, nurses and doctors carry out these tests every day. You are also welcome to bring a chaperone to your appointment if this would make you more comfortable.

More information about cervical screening can be found at:
NHS.UK
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

It’s Diabetes Awareness Week!

This week is Diabetes Awareness Week.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

There are 2 main types of diabetes

  • Type 1 – Where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
  • Type 2 – Where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 2. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

Its very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

When to see a doctor

Speak to your GP if you experience the main symptoms of diabetes which includes:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • peeing more frequently than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
  • itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • blurred vision

You can find diabetes advice and support at:

NHS.UK

Diabetes UK

Make your choice

Find information about opting out of sharing your data with the NHS and what you need to know:

Make your choice about sharing data from your health records – NHS (www.nhs.uk).