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Don’t forget to book your Cervical screening test!

Cervical screening (smear test) is a free health test available on the NHS that helps prevent cervical cancer. It check for a virus called high-risk HPV and, if you have HPV, cervical cell changes. It is not a test for cancer.

All women and people born with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular cervical screening. You’ll get a letter in the post inviting you to make an appointment.

If you are worried about how cervical screening is done, check out this short video:

If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait to book an appointment, call and book today!

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Diabetes – do you know the signs to look out for?

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 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin

Type 2 diabetes – where they body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin.

This Diabetes Awareness Week, be aware of the symptoms to look out for:

  • 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

Visit your GP as soon as possible if you experience that main symptoms of diabetes.

For more information https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/ and https://www.diabetes.org.uk/07

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Diabetes – Check your risk

There are two type of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1 diabetes isn’t linked with age or being overweight. The causes are unknown and it is unpreventable. Only 10% of people with diabetes have Type 1.

Type 2 diabetes is much more common. It is linked to lifestyle factors and develops over time. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, it is largely preventable.

Check your risk today

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The Mental Health Foundation announces ‘loneliness’ as the theme for mental health awareness week 2022

Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and is a key driver of poor mental health. The Foundation’s ‘mental health in the pandemic’ research has found that loneliness has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. The week aims to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.

Read more about the research here https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/news/mental-health-foundation-announces-loneliness-theme-mental-health-awareness-week-2022

If you need support with your mental health or are worried about someone else visit https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/ for more information.

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Deaf Awareness Week

This week is Deaf Awareness Week and this year is being used to celebrate deafness!

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in the UK is deaf or has hearing loss? There are also over 50,000 deaf children and young people in the UK and some of those will be sharing their stories this week using the hashtag #MyDeafStory.

If you would like to know more about how you can communicate easier for someone who is deaf or has hearing loss there are a number of sites you can use:

https://rnid.org.uk/information-and-support/deaf-awareness/
https://www.ndcs.org.uk/deaf-awareness-week/#:~:text=Deaf%20Awareness%20Week%20is%20an,and%20be%20more%20deaf%20friendly.

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Face coverings and Covid-19 rules are still in place at your practice

Polite notice to all patients and visitors to Balance Street Practice. Whilst government guidance has changed due to the vulnerability of some patients attending the practice we please ask that you continue to wear face coverings when attending the practice. Please DO NOT attend the surgery if you have any Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Do you want to live in a compassionate community?

We saw an amazing response from our community throughout the pandemic.

Please see this article about the compassionate community project that Dr Atherton is launching with support from the NHS, Patient Participation Groups, Staffordshire County Council, Burton Albion Community Trust, Staffordshire Community Foundation, Support Staffordshire, Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre, Uttoxeter Cares and St Giles Hospice. There is something we can all do to help and this starts with a message of hope.

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Covid-19 Urgent Eyecare Service

If you are experiencing any of the following:

  • red eyes
  • flashes or floaters in your eyes
  • recent or sudden loss of vision
  • Foreign body in the eye

you can access free NHS appointments at local opticians as part of the urgent eyecare service (CUES). To find your nearest practice and information on how to access it, please visit Find a Practice – Search for your nearest participating optical practice (primaryeyecare.co.uk) Please be aware this is not a sight test.

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Proof of Medical Exemption – Covid-19 Vaccination

Some individuals are unable to be vaccinated and also, in some cases, tested for medical reasons. You can apply for proof that you have a medical reason why you should not be vaccinated or why you should not be vaccinated and tested.

If you get this proof of medical exemption you’ll be able to use the NHS COVID Pass wherever you need to prove your COVID-19 status within England.

Until 24 December 2021, you can self-certify that you’re medically exempt if you work or volunteer in a care home.

Some businesses in England choose to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry. Until 24 December, businesses can decide whether to allow in people who self-declare that they’re medically exempt.

From 25 December, if you’re unable to get vaccinated, you’ll have to use the NHS COVID Pass in the same way that people who are fully vaccinated use it.

For full information on the requirements for proof regarding being exempt from Covid-19 vaccination please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-medical-exemptions-proving-you-are-unable-to-get-vaccinated

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Clarification on Covid Face Covering Exemption Cards/Certificates

With the new legal requirements regarding face coverings coming into effect in England, we thought it might be useful to explain when and who requires a covid exemption card/certificate.

If you have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering:

  • You do not routinely need to show any written evidence of this
  • You do not need to show an exemption card

This means that you do not need to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about your reason for not wearing a face covering.

However, if you feel more comfortable showing something that says you do not have to wear a face covering, this could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or sign. Carrying an exemption card or badge is a personal choice and not required by law.

If you wish to use an exemption card or badge, you can download and print out or show these templates: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Exemptions from face coverings

In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear them, so please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances.

Some people are less able to wear face coverings, and the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • children under the age of 11 (The UK Health and Security Agency does not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • people for whom putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress
  • people speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
  • to avoid the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
  • police officers and other emergency workers, given that this may interfere with their ability to serve the public

There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering:

  • if asked to do so in a bank, building society, or post office for identification
  • if asked to do so by shop staff or relevant employees for identification, for assessing health recommendations (for example by a pharmacist) or for age identification purposes, including when buying age restricted products such as alcohol
  • in order to take medication