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Patient Research Experience Survey – The Results

A few months ago The National Institute for Health Research asked for feedback on the patient of clinical research taking place in the NHS.

Thank you to all those that took part, your responses will help improve the way clinical research is delivered in the NHS. You can view the final report below.

Patient Research Experience Survey – Final Report

 

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All bets are on for a hot week ahead

With the weather for the week ahead predicted to be a scorcher, make sure you have the skills to enjoy it.

This week temperatures are expected to reach 28°c and although that means you can enjoy the delights of a BBQ with friends to enjoy the World Cup, we don’t want you to be out of the game too soon!

Read our top tips to avoid an early knockout:

Be sun aware

  • Apply a good amount of sunscreen of at least factor 15 and four-star UVA rating. You should follow the guidance on the bottle of how often you should reapply
  • Drink plenty of water or cold drinks to keep hydrated
  • Remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration
  • Stay in the shade between the hottest hours of the day 11am & 3pm
  • Cover up and wear sunglasses
  • Don’t forget to check on elderly family, friends and neighbours who may find the heat too much.

BBQ Safety

  • Make sure you defrost food overnight in the fridge or if this is not possible, using a microwave on the defrost setting directly before cooking to stop harmful bacteria growing
  • Store raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods, covered on the bottom shelf of your fridge
  • Ensure the meat is steaming hot throughout, there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part and the meat juices run clear
  • Ensure your BBQ is on a flat surface away from sheds, fences or trees
  • Never leave the BBQ unattended

If you feel unwell after being in the sun, call NHS 111 for advice.

You can find more information on protecting yourself in the sun at NHS Choices.

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Practice Closed for Spring Bank Holiday

Please note that the practice is closed on Monday 28 May 2018 for the Spring Bank Holiday. We will re-open as normal on Tuesday 29 May 2018.

If you need medical advice or attention when the practice is closed you can:

Visit you pharmacy – Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaint. Visit NHS Choices to find a pharmacy open near you.

Call NHS 111 – If you need urgent medical advice but your condition is not life threatening. NHS 111 Is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

A&E or 999 – for a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and/or severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.

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What’s in your first aid kit?

We may not be able to predict the weather this Summer but we can prepare for any minor illnesses or injuries that may occur. Having a well-stocked first aid kit at home can help when you need to self care for minor ailments and injuries.

There are a number of things you can have in your first aid kit for any such eventualities:

  • Thermometer
  • Painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen (or infant paracetamol for children)
  • Cough medicine
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diarrhoea relief
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Plasters
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile gauze dressings
  • Bandages
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes

Your local Pharmacy is a great place to stock up on all the above items and you can find your nearest one and view their opening hours at NHS Choices.

Please remember to make sure your first aid kit is kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

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Let’s talk about dementia

Dementia Action Week, previously known as Dementia Awareness Week, takes place this week.
The aim of the week is to encourage people to take action to improve the lives of those affected by Dementia, working to create a dementia-friendly UK.

There are 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia, and it doesn’t just affect the elderly, 40,000 people are under the age of 65. It is believed that by 2051 the number of people who have dementia in the UK will have risen to 2 million.

There are a number of ways you can take action, both big and small to help make everyday life for those with dementia better.

Visit www.alzheimers.org.uk to find out how to become a dementia friend or to discover what’s going on in your area and how you can get involved.

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How you can stay safe in the sun

Sunburn can not only be very painful but it also increases the risk of skin cancer. It’s easy to be safe when outside enjoying the sunshine whether that’s on holiday or at home simply by following these tips to ensure you don’t burn.

1) Apply sunscreen
Apply a good amount of sunscreen of at least factor 15 and four-star UVA rating. You should follow the guidance on the bottle of how often you should reapply.

After swimming or being in water, you should always reapply sunscreen after you’ve got out and dried off, even if you use water-resistant sunscreen.

2)Spend time in the shade
Stay in the shade between the hottest hours of the day 11am & 3pm.

3)Cover up
Wear suitable clothing and sunglasses

4)Drink plenty
Drink plenty of water or juice throughout the day to keep hydrated.

5)Take extra care
You should take extra care in the sun if you:
– have pale, white or light brown skin
– have freckles or red/fair har
– tend to burn rather than tan
– have many moles
– have a family history of skin cancer

How to cope with Sunburn

If you do get sunburnt follow these steps to try and ease your discomfort.

  • Cool your skin by having a cold bath or shower or by holding a cool flannel or sponge to it
  • Use lotions containing Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturise your skin
  • Drink plenty of water to cool you down and prevent dehydration
  • Take painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve pain

If you feel unwell or are concerned about your sunburn, call NHS 111 for advice.

You can find more information on protecting yourself in the sun at NHS Choices.

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Don’t let hay fever ruin your summer

From now until September is when the pollen count is at its highest.

Some of the symptoms of hay fever can include:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • Loss of smell
  • Pain around your temples and forehead
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Feeling tired

If you are having any of the above symptoms or are feeling the effects of hay fever, visit your local pharmacist as they can provide advise and treatments to suit your symptoms. You could also try:

  • not drying your washing outside when pollen levels are high
  • showering and changing your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash any pollen away
  • wearing wraparound sunglasses when you go outside to stop the pollen from irritating your eyes
  • putting Vaseline around your nose to trap pollen
  • keeping windows and doors shut as much as possible
  • vacuuming regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • staying indoors when the pollen count is high

You can keep an eye on the pollen forecast on the Met Office Website.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Combat Stress

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year focusses on stress and to cope with it.

A bit of stress is normal and can help push you to do something new or challenging, but too much stress can take its toll.

Lots of things in life can cause stress such as work, relationships, money and sometimes these kinds of stresses can affect how you feel, think and behave. It can have an effect on your sleep, your mood and even your general health.

This weeks aim is to encourage us all to take stock of how we feel and make changes to our lifestyle to help reduce stress levels. For many, self-help will vastly reduce our stresses, but others may need professional help.

Below are several self-help tips you can try to combat stress:

Get Active – Being physically active releases feelgood hormones called endorphins which can help you sleep and feel better.

Talk – Spend some time with friends and family and relax. You might even want to tell them how you’re feeling, and they may offer some practical advice.

Take Control – Try and find a solution to the problem.

Challenge Yourself – Set yourself a new challenge or goal such as walking 10,000 steps a day or learning something new.

Take some time for yourself – Put some time aside to do the things that make you feel good, whether its going for a walk or simply having a relaxing bath.

Write it down – Try writing down your worries. This process can help clear your mind and ease your tension.

You can find more information on coping with stress on the One You website or for information and advice about mental health concerns you can visit Mind.

If self-help isn’t working for you and you find that stress is interfering with your daily life, then talk to your GP.

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Practice Closed for the May Bank Holiday

Please note that the practice is closed on Monday 7 May 2018 for the May Bank Holiday. We will re-open as normal on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

If you need medical advice or attention when the practice is closed you can:

Visit you pharmacy – Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaint. Visit NHS Choices to find a pharmacy open near you.

Call NHS 111 – If you need urgent medical advice but your condition is not life threatening. NHS 111 Is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

A&E or 999 – for a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and/or severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.

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GP Practice Closures Over Easter Bank Holiday

Please don’t forget that your GP Practice is closed on Friday 30 March (Good Friday) and Monday 2 April (Bank Holiday Monday).

If you need medical advice or attention during this period you can:

Visit your pharmacy – Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. Visit nhs.uk to find a pharmacy open near you.

Call NHS 111 – If you need urgent medical advice but your condition is not life threatening. NHS 111 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

Use A&E or 999 – for a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and/or severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.