October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we talk about the causes of breast cancer, what symptoms to look out for and what support is available.
The first symptom of breast cancer that women notice is a lump or area of thickened tissue in their breast. Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by a doctor.
You should see a GP if you notice any of the following:
Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.
The first symptoms of breast cancer in men can include:
You can find more information at:
Cancer Research UK- https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/symptoms
Check for Cancer – https://www.check4cancer.com
Why not go Sober for October with Macmillan Cancer Support. Some of the main benefits of going sober or cutting down are:
The NHS Better Health Campaign have a free ‘Drink Free Days’ app, allowing you to track your alcohol intake, view tips on cutting down and receive reminders when you need them most. The app is available on the app store or Google Play.
Stoptober begins on 1st October and theres never been a better time to quit!
Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your own health and the health of the people around you. It’s never too late to quit.
You’ll start seeing the benefits immediately, nit just for your health but also your finances.
Find out more about quitting smoking and the benefits it can have at https://www.blf.org.uk/take-action/campaign-with-us/stoptober or https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/
Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Cheshire and Merseyside are working together to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website is aimed at helping you to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy. The website shares local, practical information on:
Visit the Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website to find out more.
Many people, including children and young people experience times of stress or worry during their lives. If you need help now or if you’re worried about someone else, there are support services available. Visit no-more.co.uk for more information and a list of services available.
Did you know Mid Cheshire has a helpline for patients and GPs to enquire about waiting times for surgery, hospital consultation or treatment?
The call centre can be contacted on 01270 826400 between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday-Friday.
By contacting the call centre, GPs and patients are able to receive updated information about the approximate waiting times for hospital consultation, treatment or surgery, and are also able to request expedite of surgery and appointments due to worsening symptoms.
An official 999 service has now been launched in British Sign Language.
Using a dedicated smartphone APP or the 999 BSL website, callers will be connected to a 999 call handler via a BSL interpreter.
The service can be accessed at 999bsl.co.uk – you can also download the iOS or Android app there.
The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. Account verification is done centrally and you don’t need a password from your GP surgery.
You can now use the app to show your Covid vaccination status.
You can use the NHS App to:
Download the app now from the App Store or Google Play, or find out more information at NHS App – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
The NHSBSA have released new Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for HRT products.
The SSPs apply to Oestrogel pump gel, Sandrena 0.5mg and 1mg gel sachets and Lenzetto spray.
Pharmacies are now allowed to switch patients to patches if they are unable to obtain a supply of the gels.
Pharmacies are also allowed to restrict the quantities to 3 months’ supply without contacting the prescriber.
Local pharmacies have been contacted to ensure they are aware of the SSPs.
Please note that you do not need to contact your GP, your Pharmacist will be able to look into this for you.