City raises awareness of dementia with Action Week of events

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The help and support available to people in Wolverhampton living with dementia and their families will be showcased through a series of events during Dementia Action Week.

This year’s programme is the city’s biggest yet, with over 30 activities ranging from information and advice sessions to social events and memory cafes.

The highlight of the wide-ranging programme, organised by Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance and the City of Wolverhampton Council, is an information and advice event in the Mander Centre on Tuesday 21 May from 11am-2pm. Around 20 providers and agencies will be on hand to give advice on support for people affected by dementia and their carers.

At the same time, people will also be able to become Dementia Friends – and better understand issues facing people living with dementia – by attending one of the free Dementia Friends sessions hosted by HealthWatch Wolverhampton and FBC Manby Bowdler from 11am-11.45pm and 1.15pm-2pm; please register your place by contacting Manju Raillay on 01902 556244.

May Bank Holiday 2019 Pharmacy opening in Wolverhampton

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Please see table below for details of times and addresses of Pharmacies open over the May Bank Holidays.

    Monday 6 May 2019 Monday 27 May 2019
Asda Pharmacy, Molineux Complex, Waterloo Road, WV1 4DE
01902 778106

0900-1300
1400-1800

0900-1300
1400-1800

Boots Pharmacy, 40-41 Dudley Street, WV1 3EX 01902 427145 1030-1630 1030-1630
Boots Pharmacy, Waitrose Store, Penn Road, WV2 4NJ 01902 713974 1000-1600 1000-1600
Lloyds Pharmacy, Rookery Street, Wednesfield, WV11 1UP 01902 724934 0900-1700 0900-1700
Morrisons Pharmacy, Black Country Route, Bilston, WV14 0DZ 01902 491300 1000-1600 1000-1600
Morrisons Pharmacy, Pendeford Park Shopping Centre, Blaydon Road, WV9 5PG 01902 397921 1000-1600 1000-1600
Phoenix Health Centre Parkfield Road, WV4 6ED 01902 621853 1000-1700 1000-1700

Wolverhampton parents urged to catch up on life-saving vaccinations

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Wolverhampton parents and their families are being reminded of the importance of vaccinations ahead of European Immunisation Week, which takes place from 24-30 April. NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging patients overdue an immunisation to contact their GP practice to arrange a life-saving jab.

In 2017-18, coverage declined in nine of the 12 routine vaccinations measured at ages 12 months, 24 months or five years in England compared to the previous year*. In Wolverhampton uptake for the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR – 1st dose at 24 months) vaccine was 92.1%**. The World Health Organization’s target for MMR vaccination is 95%.

Every year, the World Health Organisation European Region marks European Immunisation Week (EIW) to promote immunisation as vital to preventing diseases and protecting life.

Dr Edward Jenner, the Gloucestershire doctor who invented the first immunisation, for smallpox, in 1796, is the only doctor in history who can claim that his work has completely eradicated a disease from mankind, and millions of people since owe their lives and wellbeing to the work that followed from him.

The GP of two or three generations ago would commonly deal with some truly awful infections in babies and young children: illnesses like diphtheria, polio, and whooping cough that caused untold misery and indeed cases of lasting disability and death. Thanks to the immunisation programmes of the last decades, these illnesses are now either very rare, or extinct: the whole of Europe was declared polio-free in 2002. More recently, newer vaccines have become available for children – children are now vaccinated against viruses that cause diarrhoea and sickness, and against some of the bacteria that can cause meningitis.

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said:

"Vaccination prevents disease, protects life and is a strong foundation for life-long health and well-being. So, we are supporting European Immunisation Week to emphasise the importance of the vaccinations that are offered to all children registered at our GP Practices.

"Childhood immunisations are free and are used to protect children from diseases which can be very serious causing long-term complications and even death. It’s important to have vaccinations at the right age to keep the risk of disease as low as possible. Some immunisations are given more than once to make sure the protection continues. This is known as a booster, so it’s vital that parents ensure that their child gets it when it is needed.

"Immunisation begins at two months, when a baby's natural immunity to illness begins to drop. The protection immunisations offered to children against serious diseases are worth the small amount of pain. Immunisations don’t just protect children during childhood, they protect them for life."

Visit https://bit.ly/2FQNkrw for information about immunisations. For more information about European Immunisation Week visit https://bit.ly/1outJgF.

Choose the right service this Easter

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The Easter holidays are almost upon us and whilst we hope to be enjoying time with family and friends, NHS clinical commissioning groups are reminding families of the health services available, should anyone become unwell.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

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Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer and it’s the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.

Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage however this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.

For more information visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk