Sun Awareness Week

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Eight out of ten people are failing to adequately apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, according to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark Sun Awareness Week which runs from 14 to 20 May 2018.

National Walking Month

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May is National Walking Month, and whether you decide to walk the kids to school, walk to work or simply take the dog on a longer walk than usual, it all counts towards a healthy heart and a healthier lifestyle by increasing energy, reducing stress and improving sleeping patterns.

World Asthma Day


Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness and South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is raising awareness of the condition on World Asthma Day on 1 May 2018.

Order your bank holiday prescriptions early

With the May Day bank holiday approaching on Monday 7 May, South West Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients to order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time. 

At busy times of year like bank holidays it is important that we spend a few minutes thinking about our health care by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions in advance of the bank holiday weekend as many pharmacies will be closed.  Patients are reminded that they should only order the items that they need.

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.