Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Health Matters. Wellbeing, Referrals, Diabetes, NHS 70

Four Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

·         Staying Well – not just Health!
·         Referrals and Delays
·         Diabetes Prevention Week
·         NHS at 70

1. Wellbeing – not just Health – We spend too much time on Health Matters discussing what to do when things go wrong; we need to talk more about prevention! The weather’s improving – let’s get out there! This is Hertfordshire’s “Year of Physical Activity” – check out the web site

We tend to think of wellbeing simply in terms of diet and exercise – and commit to do something about them at some point in the future! Let’s try and change that way of thinking! The One You programme has lots of helpful tips.

In fact there are six areas that we should consider as part of staying well

  • Sleep – good quality sleep is more important than the length of time we sleep.
  • Stress – too much mental or emotional pressure turns to stress; and whilst a degree of stress improves our productivity, too much is dangerous.
  • Smoking – we know the dangers; and help is available if you want to quit!
  • Alcohol – the advice now is to stay under 14 units a week – that’s 9 glasses of wine or 7 pints of lager!
  • Diet – eat sensibly and try to avoid too much fat, sugar, and salt; small changes and we can still enjoy our meals each day.
  • Exercise – I know the weather’s been awful, but it’s improving; for some ideas go to https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/east-england/st-albans
2. Referrals and Delays
The Royal College of General Practitioners has a campaign on at the moment that I’d urge you to consider supporting; details here

So what’s behind it? If you go to your surgery and your GP wants to refer you to a Consultant then they create a referral. And you have a choice of where you’ll go for that consultation. In the past, the GP’s professional conclusion was trusted but nowadays referrals are reviewed by a Referral Management Centre. That creates both delay and confusion; referrals are often denied without patient consultation or any dialogue with the referring GP. This adversely affects the GP patient relationship and can lead to delays in treatment and patients being unable to access the care they need. The net effect can be that the condition gets worse – so the cost effectiveness of this approach is highly questionable.

Will you support this campaign?

3. Diabetes Prevention Week
Did you know this week is Diabetes Prevention Week? Over 10,000 people in our area are likely to be diagnosed as having Type 2 Diabetes in the next twelve months. Find out if you’re at risk by going here

4. NHS at 70To celebrate the NHS, turns 70on July 5th the NHS is organising tea parties; there’s one planned for Harpenden on the day. Full details next month
As for the NHS 1,000 mile challenge. I should be on 293 miles today, but I’m a bit short!

So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

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