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Book your eye test during National Eye Health Week

Regular eye tests are important, not only will the optometrist tell you if you require glasses or have a change in prescription, but they will also carry out eye health checks to spot any early signs of eye conditions before they become a problem.

Optometrists are highly trained and can recognise abnormalities and conditions that could be causing eye problems.

The NHS recommend you get an eye test every two years (more often if advised by your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist).

How can I tell if my child is having issues with their eyes?

Children often do not complain about their sight, but they may show signs of being unable to see properly such as:

• Sitting closer to the TV

• Holding objects very close to their face

• Blinking a lot

• Eye rubbing

• One eye turning in or out

If you think your child has any sort of sight problem, book and appointment at the opticians for further investigation. Children so not have to be able to read letters to have their eyes tested.

Children under 16 years of age or 16, 17 or 18 year olds in full time education are entitled to free NHS eye examinations.

You can find your local opticians by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/opticians/

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Let’s change the stigma around Dementia this Alzheimer’s month

Every September people come together from around the world to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and challenge the stigma around dementia.

Dementia is often perceived as a condition that is an inevitable part of getting older, but in fact anyone can get dementia.

You can find out more information and support at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/alzheimers-disease/

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

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Happy Hearts – Together we can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke during Covid-19

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:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • conditions that increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, such as
    • atrial fibrillation
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
  • how and where you can get your numbers checked
  • how you can help to manage and control these conditions to lower your CVD risk

Visit the Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website to find out more.

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No more suicide – support for children & young people

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.

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999 Service Launched in British Sign Language

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.

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We are now a Veteran Accredited Practice

We are proud to say that Oaklands Medical Centre has been awarded a Certificate of Accreditation and are now an ‘Armed Forces Veteran friendly accredited practice. You can find out more information on our Veteran Accredited Practice Page.

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Have you got the NHS App?

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:

  • get advice about coronavirus – get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if you think you have it.
  • order repeat prescriptions – see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to.
  • book appointments – search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery. See details of your upcoming and past appointments.
  • get health advice – search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments. You can also answer questions to get instant advice and medical help near you.
  • view your health record – securely access your GP health record to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines. If your GP surgery has given you access to your detailed medical record, you can also see information like test results and details of your consultations.
  • register to be an organ donor – choose to donate some or all your organs and check your registered decision.
  • find out how the NHS uses your data – choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning.

Download the app now from the App Store or Google Play, or find out more information at NHS App – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

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Loneliness Awareness Week

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, the event happens annually and is hosted by Marmalade Trust.

The campaign aims to reduce the stigma around loneliness and encourage people to talk more openly about it. The campaign aims to reach 18-24 year old’s, we know that young people feel more confident and motivated to take action to help other people who feel lonely rather than doing things to help themselves.

However, we know that loneliness is an issue that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives.

This week, reach out to others, check in on friends and family, help someone who may be feeling lonely, small acts of kindness can make a big difference.

https://fb.watch/dE2rpFJl5O/

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Serious Shortage Protocol for HRT gels

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.