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EAR SYRINGE

A new information leaflet is now available on how to syringe your own ears - see under "Services" at top of page.

 

CLINICAL PRACTICE RESEARCH DATALINK

The Surgery contributions to the Clinical Practice Research Data Link (CPRD).  Information in patient records is important for medical research to develop new treatments and test the safety of medicines.  This Surgery supports medical research by sending some of the information from patient records to the CPRD.

CPRD is a Government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and public health.  You cannot be identified from the information sent to CPRD.

if you do not want anonymised information from your patient record to be used in research you can opt out by speaking to one of the GPs.

For more information about how your data is used, visit www.cprd.com/public

 

ENGAGE - Type 2 Diabetes.


Engage is an informative and interactive course to provide you with skills, knowledge and support to take control of managing your own Type 2 diabetes.
The course runs over the course of a 4 week period allowing you time to build on the skills and knowledge you have developed from week to week with the aim of you feeling confident by the completion. - for more details click here ENGAGE

DRUGS AND DIABETES

https://www.crew.scot/drugs-and-diabetes/ 

WHEELNESS - Click here to find out more 

WheelNess is a programme from Cycling UK aiming to improve health and wellbeing through free access to bikes in Inverness. Wheelness information to apply - click here to fill out the application form. WheelNess Application Form

CHOOSE LIFE: IF YOU CAN READ BETWEEN THE LINES, YOU CAN SAVE LIVES

For help and advice for you or the person you're worried about, call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or Samatritans on 116 123 www.chooselife.net/ask 

SLEEP SCOTLAND NEW SERVICE: SLEEP SUPPORT TELEPHONE LINE 

Sleep Scotland has secured funding to offer a Sleep Support Telephone Line, which allows us to extend support to all families of children and young people with sleep problems.

Sleep Support 0800 138 6565

If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person aged 18 months to 18 years who has sleep problems, then you can call us for advice and support.

Monday to Thursday 10am - 4pm. IF you require an alternative to using the telephone, email: sleepsupport@sleepscotland.org 

www.sleepscotland.org 

SUFFERING FROM LOW BACK PAIN- CLICK THE LINK TO FIND OUT HOW TO DEAL WITH IT?

Both misunderstood and mismanaged, low back pain is a huge source of suffering for many people worldwide. Here's the up-to-date knowledge on the condition and some advice on the steps people can take to help themselves. Low back pain is common and recurrent, but rarely serious. 

https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0130/937071-all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-back-pain/ 

HIGHLAND BIPOLAR GROUP - Living with Bipolar? 

Don't be alone - join Highland Bipolar Group for support and information in a friendly, relaxed environment - occasional guest speakers! No referral needed - our group is for anyone affected by Bipolar Disorder plus friends, family and carers - all welcome!

We meet the 4th Thursday of every month 7-9pm at the Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LS (Concourse Room)

Contact highlandbipolargroup@gmail.com or Bipolar Scotland on 0141 560 2050 for more  info. www.bipolarscotland.org.uk 

HIGHLAND HOSPICE - Taking steps - A walking group in Inverness for people who have been bereaved.

When you are grieving, it can be difficult to find motivation to get outside and to exercise, even if you want to and believe it’s a good thing to do. Finding sustainable ways to look after your general health and wellbeing can be an important part of grieving. It is increasingly recognised that being active in green spaces has wide ranging benefits. Taking Steps offers gentle yet brisk health and wellbeing walks in a friendly and supportive group of people who have all recently experienced the loss of someone they love.

Taking Steps does not offer formal support but is supported by trained walk leaders from Highland Hospice. People are welcome to join the group during the first year or so following their bereavement. All walkers in the group are ‘in the same boat;’ giving the opportunity to walk in companiable silence, to chat with others who have similar experiences, or a mixture of both.

We meet at 10.00am on the first and third Tuesday of each month, in central Inverness. Gentle and accessible walks include the Whin Park, River Ness and its Islands, and along the Caledonian Canal towpath. The walks are no longer than an hour, and you will be made very welcome, whatever your level of walking ability. After walking, you are welcome to stay on for refreshments and more company & conversation at a nearby café.

There is no charge for the walks, but you will need to bring some money if you wish to come to the café afterwards.

For more information and to register, please contact Simon Spence at Highland Hospice Bereavement Services on 01463 227901

You do not need to have had previous contact with Highland Hospice to walk with Taking Steps.

Taking Steps is a partnership with Step It Up Highland, a health walk initiative which aims to promote walking and its benefits to people from all walks of life. You can find out more about regular local health walks across the Highlands at www.pfw.org.uk


EVERY 4 HOURS SOMEONE IN SCOTLAND DIES OF SEPSIS www.nhsinform.scot/sepsis

Sepsis is a life threatening complication of an infection. If not treated fast enough sepsis can lead to loss of limbs or eve death.
Sepsis symptoms can multiply and get worse very quickly. If you notice and combination of these symptoms you need to take immediate action:

  • Very High or low temperature
  • Uncontrolled shivering
  • Confusion
  • Cold or blotchy hand and feet
  • Not passing as much urine as normal

Every hour without treatment increases the risk of dying. Act immediately - call NHS 24 on 111 and ask "Is it Sepsis?"

www.nhsinform.scot/sepsis

 

THE NEW NHS INFORM WEBSITE -VISIT: https://www.nhsinform.scot/

The NHS Inform website has been updated with all new features making it simple  to use and easier to manage your own health and wellbeing.

What you'll find on NHS inform

We provide information about:
•medical conditions
•injuries
•tests and treatments
•healthy living topics - such as smoking, alcohol, food and nutrition and mental wellbeing
•health news and events
•national health campaigns
•services provided by GPs, pharmacies and dental surgeries in Scotland
•your rights when using these services

 

HOW DO YOU SEE SCOTLAND?

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of preventable sight loss among working-age people in Scotland. But, if changes to your eyes are detected early through retinopathy screening, it can be successfully treated to prevent permanent damage. If you're living with diabetes, don't miss your annual eye screening appointment.

Speak to your GP or healthcare team if you've not been invited for retinopathy screening. don't lose sight of what is important.
www.diabetes.org.uk/SeeScotland

If you want to talk about anything to do with diabetes, Diabetes Scotland is here for you 0141 212 8710 

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ORGAN DONATION CAMPAIGN  

The Scottish government is committed to helping Scotland become one of the best performing countries in the world for donation and transplantation and there are a number of priorities in place to help us achieve this. We are pleased to be able to say that Scotland already has 45% of its population on the Organ Donor Register - The UK average is 36%.

A National Organ Donation Scotland campaign will run for 2 months across Scotland and will encourage the people of Scotland to join the Organ Donor Register and talk to their families about their decision. One person can save up to seven lives and with someone dying every day waiting on a transplant it is an important decision to make.

If you believe in Organ Donation, join the Register today, visit: weneedeverybody.org

 

ANTIBIOTICS DON'T WORK FOR MOST COLDS, COUGHS AND SORE THROATS

Rather than asking for an antibiotic, ask your Pharmacist about effective treatments to relieve your cold, cough or sore throat.  For more information see leaflet below -

Patient leaflet.pdf

or visit - www.treatyourselfbetter.co.uk 

 

LIVING WITH A TERMINAL ILLNESS AND LOOKING FOR SUPPORT?

Marie Curie are there for you and your family with the information and support every step of the way.

When you've been told that you are ill, and that you may not get better, how you choose to live the life you have becomes more important than ever. Marie Curie can help you and your loved ones find the information and support you need to get the most from the time you have.  

Call the Marie Curie Support Line

0800 090 2309

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

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