NHS raises awareness of allergies

Each year, the number of allergy sufferers increases by 5% with half of those affected being children. Whilst raising awareness of all allergic conditions affecting an estimated 21 million sufferers in the UK, the main focus for this year’s Allergy Awareness campaign is on seasonal allergic rhinitis or ‘hayfever’. This is considered the most common allergy with one in four of the UK population suffering with it.

Depression Awareness

In 2012, 13.26% of adults in Lincolnshire alone were diagnosed with a form of depression. This figure contributes to a total of 12 per cent of the total burden of non-fatal global disease and by 2020, looks set to be second after cardiovascular disease in terms of the world's disabling diseases.

Health chiefs reveal top 10 stress busters

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. And coupled with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, it is the reason for one in five visits to GPs.

Stress can affect people from all walks of life as illustrated by the recent withdrawal of England test cricketer Jonathan Trott from the Ashes series in Australia.

Better information means better care

A new system to collect information from patient’s medical records that will help to provide a ‘joined-up’ picture of the country’s health and social care needs is currently underway in Lincolnshire.

Every week, the NHS collects millions of pieces of data about the nature of people’s health, the way services are accessed and the types of treatments provided to support our nations’ health and wellbeing.

Think you need antibiotics?

Responsible use of antibiotics is the theme behind the current Antibiotics Awareness campaign.  We all know that antibiotics have revolutionised the way we treat infections but some bacteria is now building up a resistance making infection prevention a challenge and when we do need them, antibiotics less effective. 

Antibiotics will not treat viruses such as common colds, they simply don’t work. If you have a cold your immune system will help you recover.  There are many ways you can get help without seeing your GP. Talk to your pharmacist about taking paracetamol and over-the-counter cold remedy or contact NHS 111 if you want to check you’re doing the right thing.  Resting, drinking fluids and washing your hands regularly with soap and water all help to reduce the spread of infection.  Only visit your GP when necessary, your GP will be able to advise you whether antibiotics will be needed. It is important to use antibiotics responsibly.

We are celebrating Global Handwashing Day

Let’s help prevent the spread of infections

Global Handwashing Day aims to encourage you to maintain good hand hygiene to combat the spread of infection.

Every year, around 200 million people from 100 different countries take part in Global Handwashing Day.

NHS public meeting in Grantham

South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the new NHS body which plans and buys health services for people in Sleaford, Grantham and surrounding villages.

The new organisation will hold its next public meeting on 26 June 2013 in the Witham Room, South Kesteven District Council, St Peters Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ, commencing at 10:30.