The NHS COVID vaccination programme has been incredibly successful. To see if you’re eligible to book your vaccination, you can check here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coron...rus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Post-natal depression can be very difficult to deal with. If you’re feeling low after having a baby, please ask for help.
If you’ve recently had a child and you’re finding you’re not enjoying life at the moment, it’s possible it’s more than just the ‘baby blues’.
If you’re sexually active, you need to be aware of the signs of an STI. Brook offer brilliant guidance, and a symptom checker can help if you’re worried. https://www.brook.org.uk/topics/stis/
If you’re concerned that you could have an STI because you’ve had symptoms or unprotected sex, you can find an NHS clinic for a free appointment.
If you’re sitting at a desk all day, possibly working from home in less than ideal conditions, have you considered what types of exercises might help or exacerbate your lower-back pain?
The NHS has developed a brilliant set of resources grouped together under ‘Eat Well’. Providing dietary and nutritional advice, along with delicious recipes, you really can enjoy food without sacrificing your healthy diet.
Walk to School Week
2020 and 2021 have been years like no others, with many children having spent months learning at home with their parents and carers. Who would have thought that children would be desperate to get to school? Make the most of that enthusiasm and get them walking! https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/products-and-services/projects/walk-to-school-week
Smoking, tobacco and vaping
If you’re a teen smoker, you might want to think about giving up. Your long-term health can be seriously affected by smoking.
If you’re 16 and smoke ten cigarettes a day until you retire, you’ll have spent almost £130,000 on cigarettes in today’s money! If inflation over the next 50 years is the same as it has been in the last 50 years, a week’s worth of cigarettes will cost you almost £600. https://www.nhsinform.scot/stopping-smoking/calculate-my-savings
Slips, trips and falls
Incredibly, more than 30% of people over the age of 60 will have a fall once a year. There are some things you can do to make sure you’re minimising the risk. https://www.helpinghandshomecare.co...enting-slips-trips-and-falls-for-the-elderly/
Falls are the most common cause of injury-related deaths in the over 75s. So, if you fall, or someone you care for does, what should you do?
Slip, slop, slap
If you’re a child of the 80s, you might remember ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ for sun safety. For a child of the 20s, it’s now ‘Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide’. Teaching your child good habits for sun safety could help to prevent skin cancer.
National Walking Month
Did you know that walking six miles or more a week can help to reduce your risk of dementia? There are lots of incredible ways in which walking helps your overall health. https://activenation.org.uk/thelocker/may-national-walking-month/
1.2 million more adults were inactive during the first eight months of COVID-19 restrictions. Walking is an easy and free way to change things, if that applies to you. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/56928594
It’s not unusual for sufferers of Type 2 Diabetes to have had the symptoms of Diabetes for years before they’re diagnosed. Symptoms can come on very slowly, and this can mean that you don’t notice the changes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes, we’ll invite you each year to have a review. It’s really important to come to your review when invited, as the check we do will help us to detect any changes in your condition that might need further investigation. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/care-to-expect
If you have moles, how often do you check them or get someone else to check them for you? There’s a simple alphabetical guide to checking your moles. https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/melanoma-warning-signs-and-images/
If you’re aged between 40 and 74, it’s well worth booking in for your FREE NHS health check. It’s designed to make sure you stay in tip-top condition. You can find out more here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/
Action on Stroke
If someone you care about has been impacted by Stroke, see if you can raise awareness in May. The stroke Association has had a severe drop in income, which in turn affects the amount of research and rehabilitation they can support.
There are over 100,000 Strokes each year in the UK. That’s the equivalent of one every five minutes.
If you think someone may be having a Stroke, you should ‘Act FAST’:
Global Hand Hygiene Day (5th May)
5th May is Global Hand Hygiene Day. How many times have you washed your hands today? https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-hand-hygiene-day/2021
Have you heard of Ignaz Semmelweis? You probably haven’t, but he was influential in one of the most important discoveries in healthcare. His work on hand hygiene in healthcare still shapes the way we work today.
World Asthma Day (5th May)
World Asthma Day is on 5th May. Asthma is highly variable between individuals, and can be life-threatening for some.
If you suffer from skin conditions, coughing, watery eyes and sneezing on a regular basis, it could be that you have an allergy. Most people are aware that hay fever is caused by an allergy, but there is a wide range of allergies that can cause similar symptoms. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/allergies/
If you suffer from asthma, you may not know that one of the most common causes is allergies. The symptoms sufferers face are caused by the body’s reaction to allergens. https://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/allergic-asthma
Mental health awareness (10th – 16th May)
10th – 16th May is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is ‘nature’. You might wonder what nature has to do with mental health, but connecting with the natural environment is beneficial to mental health. With the challenges that lockdowns have brought us over the last year, it’s more important than ever to make sure everyone can access the natural environment.
World Lupus Day (10th May)
Lupus is an auto-immune condition shared by at least 5 million sufferers around the world. To raise awareness for sufferers, you can do something simple like displaying a butterfly at home. https://www.lupusuk.org.uk/world-lupus-day-may-10th/
Fibromyalgia (12th May)
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body and causes other symptoms including ‘fibro-fog’. There’s currently no cure, although there are treatments that can help to relieve the symptoms.
If you suffer from Fibromyalgia, you might find the help and support offered by FMA UK to be invaluable.
CFS and ME (12th May)
ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome can have a devastating impact on sufferers’ lives. The symptoms can be diverse and can leave sufferers exhausted. There’s currently some debate about how these illnesses are described and diagnosed. https://meassociation.org.uk/about-what-is-mecfs/#Part-1
11th to 17th May is ME Awareness Week. If you know someone who suffers from ME or CFS, you’ll know how challenging even seemingly minor things can be. If not, you can read more about it here:
International Nurses’ Day (12th May)
It’s International Nurses’ Day on 12th May. As a practice, we’re incredibly proud of our nurses and we’d like to say a HUGE thank you for all the work they’ve done and continue to do throughout this pandemic.
If you’ve ever considered a career in nursing, we’ve got some brilliant news to share. Nursing students now get an annual training grant, so there’s never been a better time to make the leap. https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/we-are-the-nhs/nursing-careers
Smile and dental health (17th May – 16th June)
Did you know how closely linked your dental and overall health are? If not, you might find this video interesting:
17th May marks the start of National Smile Month. If you rinse after brushing, that might not be the best way to look after your teeth.
Brain injury awareness (17th – 23rd May)
17th – 23rd May is Action for Brain Injury Week. Brain injury can happen in many ways across your lifetime, and the right type of support is absolutely vital for those who are brain injured. ‘A life of lockdown’ is focusing on the impact of the pandemic on brain injury survivors and carers. https://www.headway.org.uk/news-and-campaigns/news/2021/abi-week-2021-a-life-of-lockdown/
Dementia awareness (17th – 23rd May)
17th – 23rd May is Dementia Action Week. The Alzheimer’s Society is calling on the Government to ‘Cure the Care System’. A dementia diagnosis doesn’t just affect the patient, it affects their family too, and getting the right support is vital.
If you’re caring for someone with dementia, it can be very challenging. There are a few things you should think about to make sure your situation is sustainable. https://www.alzheimers.net/caring-for-someone-with-dementia
World MS Day (30th May)
30th May is World MS Day. 2.8 million people around the world suffer from MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between 20 and 40, and it’s two to three times more common in women than in men.
Multiple Sclerosis can affect the brain and spinal cord, and there are two types of MS – one with gradual onset, the other with relapses which affect 9 in 10 sufferers. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/multiple-sclerosis/