Travel Safe this Summer

If you're planning to travel outside the UK during the summer holiday period, it’s recommend you seek advice regarding any vaccinations you or your family may need well ahead of the trip.

You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you will be visiting using NHS Fit for Travel website. Some countries require you to have a vaccination certificate as proof of vaccinations, make sure your GP is clear if this is needed for your trip.

Heat wave warnings in Lincolnshire

With temperatures predicted to continue to soar throughout Lincolnshire over the next 2 weeks, and a level 2 heat wave alert issued by the Met Office, it’s important to remember the health dangers associated with a heat wave.  Vulnerable groups such as the elderly, seriously ill and very young are considered to be at most risk, as high temperatures can exacerbate heart and breathing problems. 

Dehydration is a key concern and we would encourage those spending time outdoors in particular, to drink plenty of fluids, but avoid caffeine, fizzy drinks and alcohol. Remember, if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated which left untreated could lead to severe health issues.

National Walking Month

During May, which is National Walking Month, whether you decide to walk the kids to school, walk to work or simply head a bit further whilst taking the dog out, it all counts towards a healthy heart and healthier lifestyle by increasing energy, reducing stress and improving sleeping patterns.

Dementia Friends Campaign Launched

Dementia is arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK: there are currently 665,065 people in England who have dementia and an estimated twenty-one million people in England have a close friend or family member with dementia– because they live with or care for someone who has dementia.

Help shape childhood vaccination services in Lincolnshire

Getting your child vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect your child from a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. Local NHS leaders want to know how they can make it easier for parents and carers to get their children vaccinated and would like your views on how childhood vaccination services are currently delivered and how they could be improved in your area.

NHS offers advice during hay fever season

Research suggests that Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, also known as hay fever affects 1 in 5 people at some point in their life, with over 10 million cases in the UK alone. It is an allergic inflammation of the nasal airways, triggered by airborne allergens such as pollen, with grass pollen considered to be the most common cause of hay fever in the UK.

Depression Awareness

In 2012, 13.26% of adults in Lincolnshire alone were diagnosed with a form of depression. This figure contributes to a total of 12 per cent of the total burden of non-fatal global disease and by 2020, looks set to be second after cardiovascular disease in terms of the world's disabling diseases.

Clinical depression affects people in different ways. Symptoms usually fall under three categories; psychological, physical and social, and can include; continuous low mood or sadness, having low self-esteem, feeling irritable and intolerant of others, feeling anxious or worried, having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself.