9 ways to prevent dementia

One in three cases of dementia could be potentially prevented by targeting nine risk factors, including continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and stopping or reducing smoking. Such prevention requires public health interventions, as well as individual action. Acting now will vastly improve life for people with dementia and their families, … Continue reading 9 ways to prevent dementia

High Risk of Diabetes

Each year in the UK, 5% to 10% of people diagnosed with pre-diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes will often have no symptoms, but have an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. What is Pre-diabetes? Pre-diabetes is also called Impaired Glucose Tolerance. Like diabetes, pre-diabetes is a condition where … Continue reading High Risk of Diabetes

Chlamydia Screening

If you're under 25 and you're sexually active, you should get tested for chlamydia every year or when you change sexual partner, as you're more likely to catch it. Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test. Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. … Continue reading Chlamydia Screening

Self Care – Medicine Cabinet

An essential medicine cabinet should include: Pain relief such as paracetamol and aspirin (aspirin should not be given to children under 16 or to people with asthma). Children’s paracetamol oral suspension and ibuprofen syrups – free from pharmacy if you receive free prescriptions Mild laxatives to relieve constipation  Cold relief products Rehydration mixtures for diarrhoea … Continue reading Self Care – Medicine Cabinet

Check your Pulse! (AF screening)

90% of stokes can be prevented Come and get your pulse checked between 8-11am on Thursday 27th April 2017 at Firstcare Practice. Only takes a minute! In atrial fibrillation, the heart rate is irregular and can sometimes be very fast. In some cases, it can be considerably higher than 100 beats a minute. This can … Continue reading Check your Pulse! (AF screening)

Check your heart today

We're starting a campaign to increase the detection of atrial fibrillation, an irregular rhythm of the heart which is a major risk factor for causing a stroke. It's simple to detect and easy to treat. Here are some facts. In London in the next 24 hours 10 strokes will happen in people with atrial fibrillation. … Continue reading Check your heart today