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20th May - Dementia action week

In the UK, one person develops Dementia every three minutes. To help raise funds and awareness you could join in an event that has already been planned: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week or you could organise your own.

National smile month

It’s time to SMILE! Smiles are such an important part of you, and can tell other people just how you are feeling. BUT did you know that there is a direct link between oral health and your general health and that there are shared risk factors with chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease? If you haven’t been to see your dentist in a while... now might be a good time to get in touch! https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/gum-disease-and-overall-health.aspx

Have you taken your child to the dentist recently? If not, you might want to read this.
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2017/06/14/health-matters-child-dental-health/

National walking month

May is the 90th anniversary for the charity Living Streets. In May, Living Streets are encouraging us to walk more, for example, walk to school, walk to work. You can get off the bus a stop or two earlier or park further away from work, if you can’t walk the full distance. https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/

If you’d like to do more walking, but you aren’t really sure where to start, why not have a look here https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

The NHS has some fantastic advice on how to get started walking, even if you don’t do much walking now. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/walking-for-health/

Slip, Slop, Slap

We’re all familiar with Slip, Slop, Slap aren’t we? Or are we? As we come into the summer it is especially important to remember to cover up and ensure that we don’t get sunburnt. So SLIP on a T-shirt, SLOP on some (Factor 50) suncream, and SLAP on a hat. Stay inside during the hottest part of the day, and make sure that you don’t get burnt. 

14th May - Coeliac awareness week

Do you know what coeliac disease is? Gluten in food can cause an immune response in around one in 100 people. It is estimated that around half a million people in the UK who have the disease, don’t yet know. Could you be one of them?

If you are concerned about symptoms, see the information in the link below and contact your GP.
https://www.coeliac.org.uk/coeliac-disease/about-coeliac-disease-and-dermatitis-herpetiformis/

Death awareness week

It’s never easy to talk about dying, especially with those we love. Death awareness week encourages us to discuss the important things about death and dying with those who are important to us. Having these conversations before they are absolutely needed, ensures that everyone understands what is important to you. https://www.dyingmatters.org/overview/need-support

Mental health awareness week

How many of us would consider stress a mental health issue? Two-thirds of people will suffer a mental health problem during their lifetime and stress is a key factor in this. There are dozens of events planned around the country, click here to see where your nearest event is and see how you can get involved.

12th May - International nurses day

We think our nurses do an amazing job and we’re celebrating on International Nurses Day.
Our nurses do a brilliant job each and every day, taking care of our patients and being generally all-round awesome. We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing them a happy International Nurses Day! https://www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day

12th May CIND and ME Awareness Day

Happy birthday Florence Nightingale. It is believed that she suffered from ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Chronic immunological and neurological diseases and ME can be debilitating for sufferers, you can find out more here: https://www.may12th.org/illnesses/

On 12th May #LightUpTheNight for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome https://www.facebook.com/may12th.awareness

Action on stroke month

The Stroke Association are asking us to turn May purple for stroke awareness. You could organise a ‘Purple Day’ at work, and ask everyone to donate something. Wear purple, make purple cakes, paint your beard purple! https://www.stroke.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/make-may-purple

Do you know how to spot a stroke? Act FAST https://www.stroke.org.uk/what-is-stroke/what-are-the-symptoms-of-stroke#FAST test

What is a TIA?(Transient ischaemic attack)
https://www.stroke.org.uk/what-is-stroke/types-of-stroke/transient-ischaemic-attack

Blue Badge Services

Have you considered using the new and quicker online service to submit your Blue Badge application and upload all of your evidence in one go?

Why not try it for yourselves at: https://en.powys.gov.uk/bluebadge.

You can also complete your application over the phone with a member of our dedicated blue badge team, you can send your evidence to us or have it verified at one of our library points.

Paper applications are available from any Library or by contacting the Blue Badge team at bluebadges@powys.gov.uk or phone 01597827466.

We will no longer send out renewal letters but you can apply up to 6 weeks before your badge expiry date.

Kind regards,
Blue Badge Team

Ydych chi wedi ystyried defnyddio ein gwasanaeth ar-lein cyflym newydd i gyflwyno’ch cais am Fathodyn Glas? Hefyd gallwch chi uwchlwytho’ch holl dystiolaeth ar yr un pryd yma.

Beth am roi cynnig arni trwy fynd i: https://cy.powys.gov.uk/fathodynglas

Gallwch chi hefyd gwneud cais dros y ffôn gydag aelod o’n tîm bathodyn glas ymroddgar. Gallwch chi anfon eich tystiolaeth atom neu ofyn i aelod o staff yn ein llyfrgelloedd cyswllt ei gwirio drosoch.

Mae ffurflenni cais papur ar gael o unrhyw lyfrgell neu drwy gysylltu â’r tîm Bathodyn Glas trwy fynd ibluebadges@powys.gov.uk neu drwy ffonio 01597827466.

Ni fyddwn yn anfon llythyrau adnewyddu o hyn allan ond gallwch chi wneud cais chwe wythnos cyn i’ch bathodyn ddod i ben.

Cofion gorau,
Y Tîm Bathodyn Glas

Rare Disease Day

The first rare disease day was 29th February 2008, a rare day. It falls each year on the last day of February. Some diseases are so rare that there are few sufferers in the world, and may, therefore, take a long time to diagnose. If few people suffer from a disease, there may be little funding available to help research into the causes and treatments available. It is estimated that 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed with a rare disease in their lifetime.

Find out more here: https://www.raredisease.org.uk/

Eating Disorders

Let's sock it to eating disorders. It's eating disorders week, could you wear your funkiest socks (and no, we don't mean funky smelling) to support this fantastic charity? https://fundraising.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/page/35328/data/1?ea.tracking.id=carousel
There are some well- known types of eating disorder, which include anorexia and bulimia. There are other less well-known eating disorders, such as pica (eating non-food items with no nutritional value) and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (very selective eating in either quantity or types of food), referred to as ARFID. You can find out more about the different types of eating disorder here: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types
If you are worried about someone who you think may have an eating disorder or are currently supporting someone who you know does, there is support available here: http://www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/family-and-friends/parents

FLU VACCINE

Are you over 65, pregnant, or have a chronic health condition, such as asthma, COPD or diabetes? If so, you should be eligible for a Flu vaccine if you haven’t already had one. Time is running out to get your vaccine for this year, so please contact the practice to check if you are eligible, and to book an appointment.

Flu is a really unpleasant illness, and Dr Chris Smith talks here about the £20 note test. There really is quite a big difference between colds and flu. Find out all about it here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2XXmw4tLK39hdmtMtx9DFZ8/six-questions-about-cold-and-flu00

 

Improving access to routine GP appointments

Following a review of our appointments system we are aiming to improve access to routine GP appointments to ensure patients who should see a GP, see one in a more timely manner.

In many cases patients do not need to see a GP and we want to avoid those patients waiting for a routine GP appointment when they could be helped much sooner by one of our highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team which includes our Pharmacy Team, Nurses and secretarial team.

To allow this to happen from Wednesday 20th February when you request a GP appointment or telephone call our trained receptionists will ask you a few questions as they do now, to ensure the patient does not have an urgent problem or an issue another that could be dealt with by another member of the team. If not the receptionist will then arrange for one of our Advanced Nurse Practitioners to telephone the patient back that day, or if the request comes late in the day early the next morning at a specified time.

The nurse will then ask for a brief description of the problem and arrange the appropriate appointment which could be investigations, a GP appointment or same day Duty Team appointment.

Please be assured this will not change our ability to see patients on the same day (Duty Team) as we do now. By doing this we hope to increase the availability of routine GP appointments.

Powys Community Health Council Non-Emergency Patient Transport Survey

Do you access Non-Emergency Patient Transport?

Powys Community Health Council is the independent watchdog of NHS services within Powys. We encourage and support people to have a voice in the design and delivery of NHS services. We are often contacted by people about the support available with transport to and from health care services. If you access non-emergency patient transport please complete our survey online – closing date 31st January 2019: https://svy.at/q8fnn

A ydych chi'n defnyddio cludiant cleifion nad ydynt yn rhai brys?

Cyngor Iechyd Cymuned Powys yw corff amddiffynnol annibynnol gwasanaethau'r GIG ym Mhowys. Rydym yn annog a chefnogi pobl i gael llais wrth gynllunio a chyflwyno gwasanaethau'r GIG. Rydym yn clywed yn aml gan bobl sydd wedi drysu am y cymorth sydd ar gael gyda chludiant i wasanaethau gofal iechyd ac oddi yno. Os ydych chi'n defnyddio gwasanaeth cludiant cleifion di-argyfwng, a wnewch chi gwblhau ein harolwg ar-lein os gwelwch yn dda - dyddiad cau 31 Ionawr 2019: https://svy.at/tmqnn

PRIVATE REFERRAL

If you request a private referral for a medical condition, please be aware that that referral criteria that your doctor follows is the same for private or NHS referrals. It would have to be deemed to be clinically necessary by the doctor that you see. It is also important that you know that having been referred into the private system, if the consultant you see requires any blood tests or x-rays that they will be undertaken in the private hospital and hence you will be charged fees for those.

As we work for the NHS and are funded by the NHS, we do not have the ability to take blood tests on behalf of private consultants as we do secondary care consultants in NHS hospitals


IS YOUR DATA UP TO DATE?

Primary care services will be contacting households in order to improve the accuracy of patient registration details.

WHY?

Confirming accurate address details for your household details will ensure a more efficient delivery of healthcare, such as test results and screening notifications.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

Should you receive an enquiry in an official NHS envelope relating to conformation of address details, please ensure you respond.

Contact the GP reception today if your details require updating!


Practice Update - DNA Policy

Due to the pressure on our appointments system and the high level of patients who DNA (Did Not Attend) it has been necessary for the practice to bring in a DNA policy. The first time a patient fails to attend a booked appointment they will be sent a DNA (Did not Attend) letter reminding them that in future they must cancel appointments if they are unable to attend. Within a 12 month period if a patient receives 3 DNA (Did not Attend) letters we will consider advising the patient to register with another GP practice.

To avoid being sent a DNA letter please cancel any unwanted appointments allowing a minimum of 24 hours notice by calling the reception 01691 648054


Practice Update - Telephone Call Recording

From Thursday 7th December all telephone calls made to or from the practice will be recorded for training and monitoring purposes and in order to safeguard our patients and our team. If you have any questions about this please contact Susan Lewis Practice Manager


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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination for Pregnant Women - Earlier Timing for Vaccination 

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There has been a change to the Pertussis vaccination programme for pregnant women. This change reflects uidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that immunisation should take place from week 16 of pregnancy onwards. Midwives are ensuring that pregnant women are informed of the programme and advising them to contact their GP surgery to arrange to be vaccinated. For further information follow the below link:

http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/encyclopaedia/w/article/whoopingcough/#vaccination

 


Men ACWY Vaccine

Young teenagers, sixth formers and 'fresher' students going to university for the first time are now routinely offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.

The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

All 17- and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 are eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS Vaccination Programme Due to

Further information is available on NHS Choices website by clicking here

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx

 


ZIKA VIRUS

Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. For most people it is a very mild infection and isn't harmful.

However, it may be more serious for pregnant women, as it's been linked to birth defects – specifically, abnormally small heads (microcephaly).

Zika does not naturally occur in the UK. Zika outbreaks have been reported in the Pacific region, and the virus has now spread to South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Experts expect the Zika virus to spread to all countries in the Americas (including the Caribbean), with the exception of Chile and Canada. The Zika virus is expected to spread to the Gulf States of the USA (such as Texas and Florida) in the summer, as the mosquitoes usually spread to these areas at this time.

People travelling to affected areas should seek travel health advice before their trip.

Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and have visited an affected area recently should see their GP.

If you travel to an affected area, you can reduce your risk of catching the virus by using insect repellent and wearing loose clothing that covers your arms and legs.

For more information please click the below link:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/zika-virus/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

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POWYS COMMUNITY HEALTH COUNCIL

WHO ARE WE?

Powys Community Health Council [CHC] is an independent statutory organisation which represents the interests of patients and the public in the National Health Service in Powys. On 1st April 2015, Powys CHC replaced Brecknock & Radnor CHC and Montgomeryshire CHC. We are the independent NHS ‘watchdog’ in Powys concerned with all aspects of NHS care and treatment whether provided in Powys or in the acute general hospitals outside Powys, both in Wales and in England that provide care for the people of Powys.

Powys is the most sparsely populated county in England and Wales, with a population of 133,000, living in an area of 2,000 square miles. Powys is about 100 miles north to south, and 25 miles east to west.

Powys CHC is made up of unpaid volunteer members who live or work in Powys. Members are appointed by the Welsh Government, by Powys County Council and by Voluntary Organisations. Members’ names can be found on this website.

Our Brecon office is situated at Neuadd Brycheiniog, Cambrian Way, Brecon LD3 7HR [tel: 01874 624206] and our Newtown office at Ladywell House in Newtown [tel:01686 627632].

WHAT DO WE DO?

We seek the views of patients and the public on health services and we use that information to inform our work with the NHS. We are the link between NHS staff who plan and deliver health services, and patients, their families and the public who use the services.
We inspect NHS premises and other premises where NHS funded care is provided and make recommendations for improvement where necessary.
We scrutinise the NHS and work with health service staff, planners and providers to improve the patient experience of services.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

We provide information for patients and the public about NHS services
We support individual patients in their dealings with the NHS
We provide a free and independent complaints advocacy service that offers confidential support, advice and guidance for those wishing to make a complaint about the NHS.

HOW CAN YOU HELP US?

You can help us, help you, by telling us about your experiences of the NHS; we would like to hear your views on the health services available where you live and/or that you use.

Please see the link to our meetings schedule below:

Public - Meeting Schedule 2017-18.pdf

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