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Dementia Action Week 2018

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In the UK one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people feel excluded and face the disease alone.

With this in mind, in 2018 Dementia Awareness Week will be renamed Dementia Action Week and will run between 21–27 May. Locally, the Dementia Action Alliance and South Lincolnshire CCG will be asking people to unite and take actions big and small to make a difference in the lives of people with dementia.

National Nurses Day

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Saturday 12 May 2018 is National Nurses Day, a celebration of nursing in the UK – and internationally - and recognition of the crucial role nurses play.

Held on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, National Nurses Day is an opportunity to recognise and thank all nursing staff for the crucial care and expertise they provide in an increasingly modern and dynamic profession.

Sun Awareness Week

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Eight out of ten people are failing to adequately apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, according to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark Sun Awareness Week which runs from 14 to 20 May 2018.

National Walking Month

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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.

It is one of the cheapest and simplest forms of exercise that can have such huge benefits for the heart. It can help to reduce blood pressure, tone muscles, strengthens your bones and can help to control your weight.

Act FAST during Stroke Awareness Month

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South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting Stroke Awareness Month by encouraging residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking as these can significantly reduce the risk of having a stroke.

World Asthma Day

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Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness and South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is raising awareness of the condition on World Asthma Day on 1 May 2018.

Order your bank holiday prescriptions early

With the May Day bank holiday approaching on Monday 7 May, South Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients to order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time. 

At busy times of year like bank holidays it is important that we spend a few minutes thinking about our health care by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions in advance of the bank holiday weekend as many pharmacies will be closed.  Patients are reminded that they should only order the items that they need.

NHS raises awareness of allergies

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South Lincolnshire CCG is supporting Allergy Awareness Week, which takes place between 23 and 29 April 2018. 

Each year, the number of allergy sufferers increases by 5% with half of those affected being children. Whilst raising awareness of all allergic conditions affecting an estimated 21 million sufferers in the UK, the main focus for this year’s Allergy Awareness campaign is on seasonal allergic rhinitis or ‘hayfever’. This is considered the most common allergy with one in four of the UK population suffering with it.

Experience of Care Week 23-27 April

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NHS staff, patients and their families and carers are to celebrate the work to improve their experiences of care across health and social care services in South Lincolnshire CCG area during Experience of Care week 2018.

The celebration week, from 23 to 27 April, will put experience of care in the spotlight and give people the opportunity to share and celebrate work going on locally to better improve their experiences of health and care services.

April is IBS Awareness Month

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NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is backing IBS Awareness Month throughout April to help raise awareness of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which affects between 10% and 15% of the population at some point in their life.

The symptoms for the condition vary between individuals and may affect some people more severely than others – the main symptoms tend to be bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.