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Patient/ Local Information

Sexual Health – lets talk about it!

If you are worried about sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) or would like advice on contraception or Pregnancy, please visit https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/

 


Hearing Champions

 

Some of our local Churches provide a drop-in hearing aid clinic.  Previously they have only been in Farnham however there is now one in Aldershot and one in Hook.

 

The clinics are run by Hearing Champions who are volunteers who have been trained by NHS audiology staff in the basics of hearing aid maintenance. In addition, volunteers from the parish churches have been trained on safeguarding matters and have had the appropriate police checks. Click here for Clinic details

 

What support do Hearing Champions offer?

Hearing Champions provide a range of services depending on the resources available within their area, including:

  • Checking the hearing aid is working properly
  • Re-tubing, ear mould cleaning and battery replacement
  • Checking the fitting of the hearing aid in the ear
  • Advice on maintenance and cleaning of the hearing aid
  • Advice and support on making the most of the hearing aid
  • Information and signposting to other services and useful equipment


Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Practitioners

 

Liz Wilkinson and Caz Bullen, are specialist MS nurses based at Farnham Hospital, available to support those living with MS.

They can be contacted directly by email: vcl.msnurses@nhs.net or telephone: 01483 782214

 

Their remit includes:

 

  • Being available to the patient at the initial time of diagnosis
  • working closely with Frimley Neurological Consultants
  • providing advice on managing symptoms
  • providing advice on and/or monitoring disease modifying therapies prescribed by their consultant
  • signposting/referring patients to specialist community and hospital-based services
  • signposting to charities like the MS Society and MS Trust who can provide support, information and (MS Society) means-tested grants for equipment and services not available through statutory providers

 

Stay Well This Winter

The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help people with long-term health conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.

Winter can be seriously bad for the health of these people, increasing the risk of blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:

  • At the first sign of a cough or cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious
  • Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter
  • Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays
  • It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
  • Make sure you get your flu jab
  • If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk
  • The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter.  For more information: Visit: nhs.uk/staywell

 Further advice about staying safe and well in winter is available from the Healthy Surrey website:

www.healthysurrey.org.uk/your-health/seasonal-advice/winter


Use POWeR to help you lose weight - new free online tool launched

A new, easy to use online tool has been launched in Hampshire to help anyone struggling to shift the pounds.

POWeR has been developed by experts at Southampton University and Hampshire County Council is now making this available, free of charge to Hampshire adults with a BMI 25+.

During trials, POWeR helped a number of people to lose weight. It enables you to become your own personal health coach, providing new tools to use each week. It supports you to work out which of these tools fit with your lifestyle and helps you to build healthy eating and physical activity into your routine. This means that you not only lose weight, but maintain a healthy weight going forward.

Anyone over the age of 18 can access POWeR for 12 months once they have registered for the programme. This is easy and quick to do by visiting the POWeR website.

In addition to POWeR, Hampshire County Council offers a 12 week free WW programme to any adult with a Body Mass Index of 30+. 

Work out your BMI using NHS Choices BMI checker.


Useful Links

Did you know that you can access a 12 week sensible eating programme with on line assistance and recipe ideas HERE

 

That there is a huge amount of information on self care under the self-care tab which you can access HERE

 

That there are fab tips for the whole family on healthy eating, hidden sugars and exercise ideas for kids HERE at Change for Life

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You can find more information here.

 

Information on Alcohol awareness HERE with the Don’t bottle it up campaign

 

And finally quit 4 life smoking advice HERE


Young Carers

Would You Like to be Part of NHS ENGLAND’S YOUNG CARER HEALTH CHAMPIONS PROGRAMME?

 

If you are a Young Carer, aged 16 – 24 and would like the opportunity to have a say in how we develop health services for young carers; want to help provide support to your peers and develop your own skills - then volunteer to become a Health Champion. Please contact the surgery to register your interest.


 

Rushmoor Volentary Services

To see what's on click here.


Healthwatch Hampshire

For the latest Annual Report from Healthwatch Hampshire click  here.

Please find the latest  Healthwatch Hampshire Newsletter here


Steer Group

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have created the STEER course, in partnership with the British Geriatrics Society and local health professionals.The aim is to provide the targeted +65’s attendees with the tools to help them be happy, healthy and remain in their home safely. The course builds confidence, reduces the risk of a fall occurring, and increases engagement in community activities.

For more info click here.


Recovery College

The Recovery College offers educational courses and workshops aimed at anyone who uses health services or cares for someone who does. Anyone aged 18 or over can attend a course, and most are free of charge.

You can download the latest prospectus from here and the timetable from here

For the enrolment form, click here.

You will see in the prospectus the courses are wideranging and varied. They cover physical and mental health, social health, prevention and self-care through lifestyle changes (including nutrition, exercise, smoking,alcohol). You do not have to be unwell to benefit from a particular course.

For more information about the Recovery College, please contact:

NE Hants & Farnham Recovery College Theta, Lyon Way, Frimley, Camberley, GU16 7ER  Tel: 01276 605542 or SMS: 07920 207046  Email: recovery.college@sabp.nhs.uk

Web: https://www.sabp.nhs.uk/our-services/recovery/recovery-college


www.happyhealthyathome.org

For the latest Happy Healthy at home newsletter  click here

For the latest Frimley Health and Care Newsletter click here

For information on the Farnborough Carers Hub, click FarnboroughHUB.pdf



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