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We are also currently trying to help reduce your risk of going into hospital by looking at risk profiles we may therefore be contacting you and arranging help in a proactive fashion.

Help can come in many forms, not only from the practice but District nurses community matrons, social services etc..
Age concern are a very useful resource CLICK HERE

Reducing your risk of Influenza, pneumonia and shingles

If you are over 65 years then book and appointment for your yearly Flu vaccine &
a one of pneumonia vaccine – if you haven’t had one.
You may also be eligible for a shingles vaccine – call us and we will let you know if you are- (the link advises who is eligible) 

Alcohol – how much is too much?

A small study in the “New Scientist” magazine showed that even “within limits” alcohol consumption causes a fatty liver. Recent articles from research have linked rising levels of alcohol consumption in the middle years of life as being linked to alzheimers, liver cirrhosis and premature death. So we all need to be aware and keep alcohol intake to very small amounts especially when older. Alcohol is also very calorific.

Risk Reduction is not difficult. Reducing alcohol consumption is an important lifestyle change to consider.

Life style changes can improve both mental and physical well being. Motivation to make changes can be difficult. An App called  AIM can help.

Screening

Screening is one of the best ways we have of preventing serious disease such as cancer. Currently the NHS has screening program’s for the following .

  1. Bowel Cancer screening
  2. Breast Cancer screening
  3. Cervical Cancer screening
  4. Aortic Aneurysm screening
  5. Prostate cancer screening - this is slightly controversial but is of benefit if you have a family history of Prostate cancer.
  6. If you have a family history of cancer then predictive genetic test screening – may be for you.

We would encourage everyone to accept screening invitations. Outcomes in all Cancers are improved by early diagnosis. Many of the above cancers have no symptoms until they are significantly advanced.

Screening for Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a condition which increases with age. High blood pressure, OSA, & heart disease can increase the risk. AF increases the risk of a major Stroke.  

We can screen for this by checking to see if you have an irregular pulse. If the condition is confirmed with an ECG, we can prescribe medication to significantly reduce the risk of having a major stroke.

Screening for Dementia

Facilitating timely diagnosis and support dementia for people with Dementia

Improving diagnosis and care of patients with dementia has been prioritised by the Department of Health.

For patients with dementia, their carers and families, the benefits of timely diagnosis and referral will enable them to plan their lives better, to provide timely treatment if appropriate, to enable timely access to otherforms of support and to enhance the quality of life.

You or someone you know may be at risk if they are over 60 and have diabetes and with cardiovascular disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease.

Or are:

  • patients aged 40 and over with Down's syndrome
  • other patients aged 50 and over with learning disabilities

  • patients with long term neurological conditions which have a known neurodegenerative element such as Parkinsons disease

Our Doctors and nurses will therefore be offering a screening test to you if you are concerned about your memory or have a member of your family that you are worried about.

The test can be viewed on the attached website http://www.gpcog.com.au/index.php 

Dementia UKDementia is increasingly becoming a problem for everyone. Dementia Uk provides excellent advise on the subject CLICK HERE 

 
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