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 February 2020

Coronavirus Update

The NHS in Derbyshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

 

Call 111 now if you've been:

    • to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
    • to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on nhs.uk.

October 2019

From the 23rd of October the way you can order your prescriptions is changing. A new NHS medicines order line is a convenient way for your to order your prescription. This new service will be available on 01246 588 860 9.00am-4.00pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays.

This means you can now order your prescription is three ways:

- In writing at the surgery

- Online (please bring your photo ID to reception to get your log in details)

- The new phone order line - 01246 588860 (from October 23rd)

If you would like more information please find leaflets at either reception.

September 2019

We are now taking bookings for FLU Jabs. Please ring or come into reception to book your appointment.

August 2019

The Surgery is starting to use a new text message service. We may now contact you to book appointments and in certain circumstances regarding your test results.

It is therefore important that we have your up to date contact details. Please confirm with reception that we have your correct mobile number and ensure you update this if it changes

NHS Prescription charge is now £9.00 for each item dispensed from 1st April 2019

Patients attending Calow Surgery, please respect our neighbours when parking, keeping drive ways clear and vehicles off the grass verges. Your co-operation in this matter is appreciated.  

 

 

 

Blood Pressure Awareness

High blood pressure affects over 16 million people in the UK.

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

Blood pressure varies constantly with your level of physical exertion, and with anxiety, stress, emotional changes and other factors. Obese people or those who drink excessive amount of alcohol are more likely to develop hypertension.

No one can afford to ignore raised blood pressure, because its complications cause more deaths and severe disability than any other group of diseases.

Hypertension has to be looked for and every adult should have regular blood pressure checks. Fortunately, proper and effective treatment can largely eliminate the additional risk of these serious complications.

For many people change in eating habits, regular exercise, a low-fat diet, quitting smoking, and reducing the amount of salt and alcohol consumed will often be enough to get blood pressure down to normal levels.

If lifestyle changes are not successful, then drug treatment may be necessary. Your treatment would be regularly reviewed. If you make lifestyle changes and your blood pressure returns to a normal level, your GP will be able to advise you about coming off your medication for a trial period.

Please feel free to book in to see one of our Health Care Assistants for a routine blood pressure check or better still a well person check.

To help us make an accurate blood pressure reading you should:

Do

  • ARRIVE in plenty of time for your appointment at least 10 minutes before
  • SIT quietly in the waiting room prior to your appointment
  • EMPTY your bladder

Do Not

  • DRINK caffeine 1 hour prior to your appointment
  • DRINK alcohol 1 hour prior to your appointment
  • SMOKE a cigarette 1 hour prior to your appointment.
  • CHAT to the nurse/GP when having your BP taken

How Being Overweight Can Affect Your Blood Pressure

Being overweight commonly leads to increased blood pressure as well as to many other health problems. For example, if you are overweight you are more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. The health risks from being overweight are much greater if you also have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. Symptoms like back pain, tiredness and breathlessness are also caused or worsened by being overweight. Losing weight can help restore your energy, mobility and vitality so that you should be able to lead a longer, healthier life.

The more you weigh the higher your blood pressure is likely to be. If you are overweight, then losing 22 pounds (10kg) can help lower your systolic blood pressure by 5 - 10mmHg. If you combine weight loss with other lifestyle changes, like being more active and eating less salt, you should see even larger drops in your blood pressure.

Everyone has an ideal weight. Your ideal weight will depend on how tall you are and whether you are male or female. If you are overweight you should try and get down to a weight within the ideal range for you.



 
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