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COVID-19 Vaccines - Update 07.01.21

We currently do not have any information of when we will receive the COVID-19 vaccinations in practice. We or NHS England will contact patients as soon as we have this. Everyone is working hard to ensure this happens as soon as possible so please do not contact the practice to query this.

Beware - COVID Vaccine scam text messages

Today we have been alerted to a highly believable scam which starts with a text and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message.  The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.   The details asked for: Name Address Date of birth Proof of address Card payment details   With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue, as fraudsters continue to take advantage of the roll-out to some many people.   Please see our article on this website:  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/fake-text-identifying-you-eligible-covid-19-vaccine

The importance of attending your smear appointment

During this busy time it is still important to keep attending your scheduled smear appointments. At the surgery we have noticed an increase in the number of patients not attending these. The practice is very busy and this is a waste of practice nurse time. It is also really important for patients to attend their smear appointments, for further information regarding the importance of smears please visit https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/cervical-screening.

Flu Vaccine Update 01/12/2020

We are now taking bookings for the flu vaccines for patients aged 50 - 64. Please call the surgery to book into one of our flu clinics. Thank you.

 

 

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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