Shingles is an infection of a nerve that creates a painful rash across the infected area, and it is estimated that 1 in 4 people will contract shingles in their lifetime. Shingles occurs in those who have previously experienced chicken pox. The virus remains dormant in the body and can be reactivated at a later point in life.
If you're planning to travel outside the UK during the summer holiday period, it’s recommend you seek advice regarding any vaccinations you or your family may need well ahead of the trip. You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you will be visiting on this website- NHS Fit for Travel Some countries require you to have a vaccination certificate as proof of vaccinations, make sure your GP is clear if this is needed for your trip.
Did you know that Sleaford Medical Group Practice has a Minor Injuries Unit?
The unit is based at the Riverside Surgery, Boston Road in Sleaford and is open between 8.30am to 6.30pm from Monday to Friday and is able to treat those with a minor injury. Minor injuries may include; sprains and strains, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, domestic animal bites, minor eye injuries and injuries to the back, shoulder and chest.
In Lincolnshire, the county council, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and voluntary sector have met to agree how to improve support for people affected by dementia, launching their joint dementia strategy for 2014-2017.
The county had approximately 10,300 people living with dementia in 2011, predicted to grow to over 14,200 by 2021, so the plans include:
During May, which is National Walking Month, whether you decide to walk the kids to school, walk to work or simply head a bit further whilst taking the dog out, it all counts towards a healthy heart and healthier lifestyle by increasing energy, reducing stress and improving sleeping patterns.
Getting your child vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect your child from a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. Local NHS leaders want to know how they can make it easier for parents and carers to get their children vaccinated and would like your views on how childhood vaccination services are currently delivered and how they could be improved in your area.
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.
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.
Pharmacy Public Health Campaign
Using Services Appropriately- April 2014
We have been working in conjuction with Lincolnshire County Council on their recent Public Health Pharmacy Campaign.