Something out of the ordinary - Have you ever wondered what our GPs get up to when they are not working with patients? Well read on ......
Dr Chris Coles has been open water swimming for approximately 6 years and he has decided that now is the time to take up the challenge of swimming the English Channel. The shortest distance across the Channel is from Shakespeare Beach, Dover, to Cap Gris Nez (the headland halfway between Calais and Boulogne) a distance of 18.2 nautical miles which is approximately 21 land miles.
Chris is fundraising for the Snowdrop Trust. The recent pandemic has made fundraising for this small charity more important than ever. “They have looked after and supported my great nephew and his family after he was diagnosed with a brain infection just after he was born.If you would like to support Chris his fundraising page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swimthechannel2020
Congratulations and Commiserations
After 10 hours of swimming Chris decided to call it a day with severe shoulder pain and feeling the cold, but all is well and we are proud of his effort .....
Shakespeare expressed the situation in the phrase "Discretion is the better part of valour" it is better to be careful, than to do something that is dangerous and unnecessary. You may still contribute to his charity by going to the donation page at:
Another £600.00 is still needed to reach the target of £5000.00.
Click on the blue box above to read the Gov UK advice for employers, employees and those who are self employed about returning to work and keeping safe.
If you are concerned about returning to work because of an underlying health issue the Practice has written a letter that patients may print off to provide information for their employer about safeguarding in the work place regarding underlying health issues. Click on the letter image to access the letter to print to show your employer.
Staying well at home during coronavirus to avoid hospital admission
For some of our older Hampshire residents, there are increased health risks from coronavirus so it’s more important than ever to look after your health and wellbeing. Making simple lifestyle changes can help you lead a healthier life and avoid preventable hospital admission, which is good for you and good for the NHS. Click on the Hampshire logo to find out more about the local support available.
One of the facts of life during the current Covid-19 Pandemic is that we are constantly reminded on the news, about the unexpected loss of life of family members and friends. People experiencing bereavement because of this illness are having to face loosing a loved one in circumstances that are making it difficult to grieve and cope with the loss.
Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.
Cruse Bereavement Care have put together resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. It covers some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with.
You can find out more by clicking on their logo:
There is also a local support group for those experiencing bereavement which is sponsored by the PPG. It is called Living after Loss and you are invited to contact Dot Croall to find out how the group is operating during the lockdown to allow people to share their experiences of loss and how they are dealing with this.
Tel: 07825 649105
Seeking support if you need help and are on your own.
Click on the poster image to go to the support page to learn more.
Everyone understands that illness is distressing, especially at this time when large numbers of the population are fearful about the possibility of contracting the Coronavirus. However it has been disappointing to hear about patients using aggressive and abusive behaviour towards Practice staff in these difficult times. The Practice is reminding patients that whatever the circumstances, they should show respect to staff who are providing support under difficult circumstances, when they themselves are increasing the possibility of contracting the virus by their interaction with patients.
Click on the following link to see the expectations the Practice has, concerning the behaviour of patients and keeping staff and other users of the practice safe.
What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus and what can help stop its spread?
The main signs of infection are fever (high temperature) and a cough as well as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
What you can do to protect against the corona virus: Frequent hand washing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with people who are ill and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands can help cut the risk of infection. Catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, binning it and washing your hands can minimise the risk of spreading the disease.
To find out about:
the arrangements the Practice has put in place to reduce contact between patients and address the cross infection issues that might arise when visiting the surgery, also
the latest advice from the NHS and UK Government about the Coronavirus and how to protect yourself,
click on the ink below to go to the Practice website at:
Click on the image on the left to go the updated information about travel for UK citizens.
This website aims to actively encourage patients to promote personal action to improve a healthy life style and manage illness and wellbeing. It provides links to trusted NHS sites, and the websites of national organisations with a particular health focus, However the PPG is not able to guarantee the information provided by other organisations in their websites.
The Patient Participation Participation Group (PPG) needs to recruit volunteers to help with its work. There are a variety of roles we would like to develop. All we need is for you to be enthusiastic in improving the patient experience provided by the Practice, to help improve patients understanding of how they may manage their health and wellbeing for minor ailments and be willing to commit to a small amount of time over the year, to contribute to the work of the team.
You may choose the level at which you get involved with the PPG. Find out how to:
To belong: let us have your contact details and we will keep you informed about PPG activities
to participate: join one of our focus/activity groups and have your say
To contribute: provide suggestions for improving the patient experience,
If you would like to find out how to get involved with the PPG and contribute to the patient perspective on the work of the Practice click on the link below
Find out more ...... Click here
Health Information supporting self Care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Click on the logo above to go to the 'Patient' website .....
The 'Patient' website provides health information that aims to help patients to actively manage their healthcare, supplying information on a wide range of medical and health topics.
However if your symptons persist always make an appointment to see your doctor.
(n.b. The clinical information provided on the site is certified to meet NHS England's Information Standard. However the PPG has no control over this external site)
Walking is a great way to improve your health & fitness
In the UK, over 70% of us are not taking enough exercise to keep ourselves healthy. Just half an hour of moderate intensity exercise per day, five days a week, is enough to feel a real difference. Walking is an ideal form of exercise to help you achieve this goal. It is free and almost anyone can do it. Regular brisk walks will increase your heart rate, making you warm and slightly out of breath. Start slowly, enjoy the fresh air, and gradually build up to the recommended 30 minutes a day.
Reduce the risk of heart disease
Keep your heart strong
Reduce or maintain your weight
Reduce blood pressure and stress
Improve the strength and tone of your muscles
Aid relaxation and enjoyment
Improve your mood and boost your energy levels
Provide and opportunity to enjoy the countryside and beauty of the New Forest
The information above is taken from the New Forest Health & Leisure site about the benefits of walking. Click on the image on the left to find out more about the variety of walking activities available in our area.
There are opportunities to either walk on your own or in a group, as well as walks suitable for those with mobility problems.
Walking in the New Forest
Click on the image on the right to go to the New Forest walks mobile IOS App download page. If you download the App to your smart phone it provides information on guided walks using the GPS facility on your phone.
Waterside Health Centre
Beaulieu Road, Hythe, Southampton
Hampshire. SO45 5WX
Blackfield Health Centre
Hampton Lane, Blackfield, Southampton Hampshire. SO45 1XA
Where to get help when the two health centres are closed ...
When the Practice is closed you are able to access help and support at the Lymington Urgent Treatment Centre. Details of the services available may be found by clicking on this link:
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