Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Health Matters - Heat; Horseflieslies; Appointments; Donate A Kidney

Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

·         Staying well in the Heat
·         Horseflies
·         Patient Access
·         Donate a Kidney Event tomorrow night
·         NHS at 70

1. Staying Well In The Heat
Hasn’t this warm spell been great? Or are you getting a little tired of the heat? There are lots of things you can do to ensure that you stay well in the heat such as:-
  •          Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  •          Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  •          Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  •      Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  •          Make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  •         Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  •         Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  •         Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

For a full briefing on how to cope go to 

2. Horseflies
One of the consequences of this hot weather is an increase in insect bites – and especially from horseflies!  Most insect bites can be simply treated at home – here’s the best advice!

But there are two critical points to watch out for:
·       Anaphylactic shock – some people are allergic to stings and can develop life threatening conditions – 999 is for them!
·        Horseflies - whilst most bites are relatively painless and clear up quickly on their own, the horsefly bite takes a chunk out of you, as well as sucking blood; they are noticeably more painful and more likely to get infected. See your pharmacist if you have a bite but if it gets infected seek medical help through your Surgery or 111 as soon as possible,
And to minimise the chance of a bite, clear, or avoid, standing water as much as possible.

3. Patient Access
We talked about Patient Records last month (and I can confirm I have finally received my opt out confirmation letter!), but this month I want to encourage you register for online access at your Surgery. There are three key benefits:-
  •         Making appointments
  •         Repeat Prescriptions; and
  •         Seeing your Medical Records

Data shows that around 30% of patients in our area are registered; don’t be one of the 70%; see your surgery if you don’t already have access!

4. Donate a Kidney Event
It’s being held tomorrow night at the Verulamium Museum and it’s for anyone who would like more information on becoming a kidney donor – lives are transformed through kidney donorship and you can find out all about it at 7:00 pm at the Verulamium Museum.

5. NHS at 70 – The NHS, turned 70 on July 5th, and, I’m doing the NHS 1000 mile challenge. The good news is that I’m half-way; the bad news is that I should be on 539 miles by now; I blame this hot weather! 

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

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