NHS raises awareness of allergies


South West Lincolnshire CCG is supporting Allergy Awareness Week, which takes place between 23 and 29 April 2018. 

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.

Experience of Care Week 23-27 April

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NHS staff, patients and their families and carers are to celebrate the work to improve their experiences of care across health and social care services in South West Lincolnshire CCG area during Experience of Care week 2018.

The celebration week, from 23 to 27 April, will put experience of care in the spotlight and give people the opportunity to share and celebrate work going on locally to better improve their experiences of health and care services.

April is IBS Awareness Month

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NHS South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is backing IBS Awareness Month throughout April to help raise awareness of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which affects between 10% and 15% of the population at some point in their life.

The symptoms for the condition vary between individuals and may affect some people more severely than others – the main symptoms tend to be bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.

Diabetes Prevention Week to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes

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People across Lincolnshire are being urged to learn more about the risks of diabetes during a prevention week later this month.

Diabetes Prevention Week runs from April 16 to 22 and aims to make members of the public more aware of the risks of Type 2 diabetes.

In Lincolnshire, 50,000 people are living with diabetes, which is roughly eight per cent of the population.

Health specialists also hope to educate people about the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) during the week.

Take the Test When Offered - supporting Bowel Cancer awareness month

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Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, after breast, prostate and lung cancers with over 41,200 people diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK. As more people live longer in Lincolnshire, local NHS leaders are urging older patients not to put their health at risk by opting out of bowel cancer screening during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Easter Bank Holiday prescriptions

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Easter is just around the corner with Good Friday (30 March) and Easter Monday (2 April) less than two weeks away.  With this in mind South West Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients to order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time. 

At busy times of year like Easter it is important that we spend a few minutes thinking about our health care by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance of the bank holiday weekend as many pharmacies will be closed. See pharmacy bank holiday opening times >>

Public invited to Governing Body meeting

Patients and the public are invited to the next Governing Body Meeting in public of NHS South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which will take place on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, from 11am at the Jubilee Church Life Centre, 1-5 London Road, Grantham NG31 6EY.

Patients and clinicians to attend Lincolnshire cancer conference

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Patients and clinicians will join together to drive improvements in cancer services and treatment in Lincolnshire at an upcoming conference.

The Lincolnshire Cancer Summit will take place on Tuesday, March 27 at the Golf Hotel in Woodhall Spa.

According to research, one in every two people in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime, with it affecting many others as a result.

The interactive event will see patients and more than 50 senior health experts discuss cancer treatment pathways. It will be an opportunity to understand the latest in cancer treatments, how we encourage local people to attend screening appointments and become cancer aware and how we support people to live with and beyond cancer.