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Coronavirus Update 19th March 2020: Practice staffing has been affected by the impact of COVID-19; both self-isolation and the need to protect high risk members of staff. We will therefore only focus on urgent patient need.

 

It is important that patients work with us to protect the NHS, not just for unwell patients with COVID-19 but all other urgent conditions e.g. chronic heart conditions, cancer care.

  • DO think before ringing; We do not have the capacity to field minor queries for well patients.
  1. DO NOT use services unless absolutely necessary
  2. DO NOT request Med3s / reports / Holiday Cancellation Letters for COVID-19
  3. YOU MUST follow self-isolation/social distancing guidance
  4. DO use Electronic Prescribing Service to order NORMAL QUANTITIES of repeat medications
  5. DO be patient with all staff – everyone is doing their bit and working flat out

Your understanding at this difficult time for all of us is appreciated.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 16th March 2020: Due to the latest Government Coronavirus guidelines, from Monday 16th of March you will not be able to directly book an appointment to come in to see the doctor. Admin staff have been instructed to take details of why you feel an appointment is necessary and book a telephone call with the doctor. The doctor will then decide if you need to attend the surgery or if your problem can be dealt with over the phone. This is keep you and our staff safe.

Your understanding at this difficult time for all of us is appreciated.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 09th March 2020: Following guidance from NHS England and Public Health England - Please note that due to the Coronavirus outbreak online appointments are temporarily suspended until further notice. This is to allow practice staff to assess each patient before attending the surgery, this may mean staff ask questions when booking your appointment. We apologise for any inconvenience & thank you for your understanding at this time. Calow and Brimington Practice. 

 

 

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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