Love your lungs and breathe easy

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NHS Southend CCG and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG are supporting Breathe Easy week and urging people to ‘love their lungs’.

This year, Breathe Easy week runs from the 17 – 23 June. Events are organised by support groups including the NHS all across the UK. It was initially started by the British Lung Foundation (BLF), in an attempt to raise awareness and focus on lung health.

Local NHS supports Diabetes Week

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This year Diabetes Week (10 - 16 June 2019) provides an opportunity to increase the public’s understanding of diabetes in general.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition and currently affects around 3.7 million people in the UK with an estimated 1 million more people living with it who don’t know they have it as they have not been diagnosed so it’s important for everyone to know as much about the condition as possible.

Local NHS support ‘What Matters To You?’ Day

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WMTY logo onlyThe ‘What matters to you?’ day is now an international event aimed at encouraging and supporting more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care.

Local NHS tests out new smart cup to help people drink more water and reduce risk of urine infections

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New and innovative user-friendly smart cups are being trialled for six months by the NHS to help keep patients regularly hydrated and reduce the risk of urine infections.

The hydration cups are to be piloted in four care homes, three in Southend (Admiral Court, Delaware and Priory House) and one in Castle Point and Rochford locality (Elizabeth House).

Each resident will receive a tumbler and mug along with the base unit. Encouraging and supportive messages can be either be pre-set or recorded by a family member to remind the resident or their carer to take in fluids. A night light glows to help the user find their cup at night or flashes when a person has not had a drink for 20 minutes. It is hoped that the number of residents being admitted for urine infections will decrease due to the prompt of the cups.

Local GPs and practice staff sign up to be ‘parkrun practices’

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Nurse Practitioner Dawn Sargent, based at Dr Marasco’s Surgery in West Road, Shoeburyness, will be running her 150th parkrun as part of the Royal College of General Practitioners campaign to get 1,000 GPs and practice staff participating in a local parkrun. This will take place on Saturday, 1 June, at 9am in Gunners Park in Shoeburyness and anyone is welcome to attend. Pall Mall surgery in Leigh has also signed up along with Audley Mills practice in Rayleigh, Rushbottom Lane practice in Benfleet, and Central Surgery, Southchurch.