October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we talk about the causes of breast cancer, what symptoms to look out for and what support is available.
The first symptom of breast cancer that women notice is a lump or area of thickened tissue in their breast. Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by a doctor.
You should see a GP if you notice any of the following:
Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.
The first symptoms of breast cancer in men can include:
You can find more information at:
Cancer Research UK- https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/symptoms
Check for Cancer – https://www.check4cancer.com
Why not go Sober for October with Macmillan Cancer Support. Some of the main benefits of going sober or cutting down are:
The NHS Better Health Campaign have a free ‘Drink Free Days’ app, allowing you to track your alcohol intake, view tips on cutting down and receive reminders when you need them most. The app is available on the app store or Google Play.
Your COVID and FLU Vaccines have been ordered and will be delivered over the next few weeks. Please look out for a text message from the Surgery inviting you to make an appointment.
This year, patients that are eligible for the FLU and COVID booster vaccines will receive an invitation either by text message or by letter to book an appointment for both the Covid Booster and the Flu vaccine at “PIRELLI STADIUM” in Burton Upon Trent on the same day.
Two vaccines in one trip!
Please do not contact your GP to book an appointment until we contact you.
Regular eye tests are important, not only will the optometrist tell you if you require glasses or have a change in prescription, but they will also carry out eye health checks to spot any early signs of eye conditions before they become a problem.
Optometrists are highly trained and can recognise abnormalities and conditions that could be causing eye problems.
The NHS recommend you get an eye test every two years (more often if advised by your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist).
How can I tell if my child is having issues with their eyes?
Children often do not complain about their sight, but they may show signs of being unable to see properly such as:
• Sitting closer to the TV
• Holding objects very close to their face
• Blinking a lot
• Eye rubbing
• One eye turning in or out
If you think your child has any sort of sight problem, book and appointment at the opticians for further investigation. Children so not have to be able to read letters to have their eyes tested.
Children under 16 years of age or 16, 17 or 18 year olds in full time education are entitled to free NHS eye examinations.
You can find your local opticians by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/opticians/
Youth Mental Health Day encourages understanding and discussion of mental health in young people, enabling them to live happy and healthy lives all year round.
Mental Health concerns for young people have multiplied in recent times. Today, 1 in 6 5-16 year olds have a diagnosable mental health disorder. If you are a parent, carer or a young person looking for advice, support and more information, visit:
Migraine is the third most common disease in the world and despite being recognised as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions, awareness and understanding is low.
You can learn more about migraines, their symptoms, causes and possible treatments at
Every September people come together from around the world to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and challenge the stigma around dementia.
Dementia is often perceived as a condition that is an inevitable part of getting older, but in fact anyone can get dementia.
You can find out more information and support at
Staffordshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service is here to support children and young people from 5 to 18, with their mental health. Find out more on the action for children website.
Action for children also run the Blues Programme, which gives young people, aged 13 – 19, the tools to look after their emotional wellbeing. Over 6 weeks it teaches emotional resilience, and reduces low mood and anxious thoughts. Find out more about ‘The Blues Programme’.
An official 999 service has now been launched in British Sign Language.
Using a dedicated smartphone APP or the 999 BSL website, callers will be connected to a 999 call handler via a BSL interpreter.
The service can be accessed at 999bsl.co.uk – you can also download the iOS or Android app there.
There are two type of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes isn’t linked with age or being overweight. The causes are unknown and it is unpreventable. Only 10% of people with diabetes have Type 1.
Type 2 diabetes is much more common. It is linked to lifestyle factors and develops over time. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, it is largely preventable.