Videos launched to help patients with diabetes look after their feet

Patients with diabetes are set to benefit from three videos aimed at helping them to look after their feet.

People who have diabetes are 15 times more likely to undergo amputations than those without the condition. This is because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to patients’ feet, meaning they may not feel any pain if their foot is sore or injured.

The videos have been developed by NHS England in the West Midlands, through its Cardiovascular (CVD) Clinical Network, to enable patients to take more control of their condition by showing them how to look after their feet, what happens at their annual foot check and what to do if they have a problem.

Had a referral to a hospital or community service?

When you visit your GP with a health concern they may refer you to a hospital or community service to see a specialist. For example, if you are experiencing a skin or stomach issue your GP may refer you to a hospital or community service who will then decide what your next appropriate step will be.

This is done electronically between your GP surgery and the hospital or community service, known as a virtual appointment or virtual clinic. This currently includes any service for dermatology (via HealthHarmonie) or gastroenterology services (Cannock Chase Hospital and New Cross Hospital – run by Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust).

When the next appropriate step is decided you will be contacted by the hospital or community service. This often includes an appointment with a specialist or to have further tests.

Diabetes peer support group

Do you or someone you know have diabetes?

A community group for people with diabetes has been set up to offer support and information from people with similar experiences. The group is hoped to increased awareness and public knowledge of diabetes as well as offer advice around healthy lifestyle choices that can help many people avoid or delay the onset of Diabetes. The group will also see some professional support from Diabetes Nurses and other Health Care professionals.

Looking after your heart

This month the CCG is focussing on keeping your heart healthy. A balanced diet and regular physical activity can help you keep your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels, and improve your heart health.

A healthy lifestyle can also lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a risk factor for Coronary heart disease (CHD), and help prevent other health problems, such as kidney disease and some cancers.

Find out how a healthy lifestyle helps you look after your heart.

Simple tips for healthy eyes this #EyeWeek

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Here are a few simple steps to maintaining healthy eyes:

Having a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure how healthy your eyes are, and how good your vision is. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.

'Acid attack' guidance for victims

The NHS and leading burns surgeons have issued new first aid guidance to help ensure victims of acid attacks get the right help fast.

The assistance for victims comes as new data from NHS England show the number of people requiring specialist medical help for this type of assault is on the rise. In 2014, 16 people required specialist medical advice, rising to 25 in 2015 and increasing further to 32 last year. The level of demand for specialist burns help so far in 2017 suggests there will be another rise in patient numbers this year.

Staff member recognised for their honesty and accessibility

We introduced a staff Achievement of the Month Award aligned to the CCG values. The monthly award, which has been ongoing since last year, gives staff the opportunity to recognise and/or thank individual colleagues or teams for something they have done over the previous month.

We are pleased to announce that the latest winner is Vanessa Ridout, Executive Assistant to Lynn Millar, Director of Primary Care. Vanessa was nominated by her colleagues in the Primary Care Team for transforming the administrative support to the team and constantly providing advice, support and reassurance. Her nomination, and subsequent winning of the award, reflects the CCGs value of “we are honest, accessible and we listen”.

Be prepared for August Bank Holiday and order your repeat prescriptions now

As the August Bank Holiday approaches we want to remind patients to be prepared and to check what medications they need.  We encourage patients to collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time as GP practices will be closed on Monday 28 August and many pharmacies will have limited opening hours that day.

If for some reason patients do run out of medication, they should speak to a community pharmacist or to contact NHS 111 for advice. Information on which community pharmacies are open during this period can be found online.

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