Health awareness: Get purple and save lives

9600 people and their loved ones will face a pancreatic cancer diagnosis this year. And the numbers are set to increase. Early diagnosis is vital to saving lives, so it’s time to take urgent action by raising awareness of the disease.

Every day during Pancreatic Awareness Month, 1 – 30 November, there will be a short video about the people behind the disease including patient, carer, survivor stories as well as perspectives from nurses, surgeons, dietitians, supporters and researchers.

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.

GPs use World Sight Day to remind patients of Staffordshire’s NHS Minor Eye Conditions Service

World Sight Day on October 12 highlights the need for people to look after their vision in order to prevent avoidable sight loss.

And to mark the day GPs in Staffordshire are reminding people of a free NHS service that is available if they are worried about their eyes.

The Minor Eye Conditions Service is available through specially trained and accredited local optician practices to anyone who is registered with a local GP. But you don’t need to contact your GP to get an appointment – just go straight to the most convenient practice.

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.

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