Newsletter – July 2018

from Lisa Smith

ChatHealth: a confidential text service for young people
Do you need confidential advice and support from a School Nurse? Then contact this text messaging service for 13-19 year olds on 07480 635060.
ChatHealth is an easy way for young people to confidentially seek help about a range of issues, make an appointment with a school nurse, or find out how to access other local services including emotional support or sexual health services.

Tips to keep your child safe in the sun

  • Encourage your child to play in the shade – for example, under trees – especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight, especially around midday.
  • Cover exposed parts of your child’s skin with sunscreen, even on cloudy or overcast days. Use one that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above and is effective against UVA and UVB. Don’t forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks, and the tops of their feet. Reapply often throughout the day.
  • Be especially careful to protect your child’s shoulders and the back of their neck when they’re playing, as these are the most common areas for sunburn.
  • Cover your child up in loose cotton clothes, such as an oversized T-shirt with sleeves.
  • Get your child to wear a floppy hat with a wide brim that shades their face and neck.
  • Protect your child’s eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and carry the CE mark – check the label.
  • If your child is swimming, use a waterproof sunblock of factor 15 or above. Reapply after towelling.

Help us celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS!
The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out. You can find out more about the NHS and how to get involved with at www.nhs70.nhs.uk

Travel Vaccinations
If you are travelling abroad this summer, please remember to check if you need any travel vaccinations. You can book a travel appointment with one of our nurses who will be happy to check for you.

Missed Appointments
In April there were 63 missed GP appointments in Willingham Surgery. This equates to 13 hours in consultation time lost, at a cost of *£1575 Please cancel your appointment if it is no longer required so we can offer it to someone else.(*An average GP appointment costs £25).

Carers Support Meetings
Our next meeting is at Willingham Surgery on Weds 4th July at 2pm. If you are a carer, please pop along and get some support from other people in the local community. Refreshments provided, no need to pre-book and completely FREE! Please contact Sue Lawson at the surgery for more information.

Cambridgeshire Hearing Clinics 2018
The next Hearing Aid Clinics at Willingham Surgery are on Weds 18th July, Weds 15th August, Weds 19th Sept. No appointment necessary, just pop along for your free NHS hearing aid batteries and for help and advice regarding hearing loss.

A&E is not an alternative to a GP appointment. If we are closed, please call 111, which will direct you to the best local service.

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