City makes progress towards autism friendly ambition

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Good progress is being made towards Wolverhampton's pledge to become an Autism Friendly City, but there is still more to be done to ensure that people affected by autism are afforded the same opportunities as anyone else.

Autism affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they see, hear and feel the world around them. People with autism experience it in different ways, but typically face challenges in social communication and interaction.

Around 1 in 100 children and adults – approximately 2,500 people in Wolverhampton – are estimated to have an autism spectrum condition.

Last year, Wolverhampton announced its intention to become an Autism Friendly City by 2021 and, ahead of this year’s World Autism Awareness Week, which begins today (Monday 1 April) Wolverhampton's Joint Autism Strategy has been refreshed to focus on three key themes – increasing awareness and understanding of autism, improving services for people with autism, and helping people with autism to become more independent.

Ensuring the continuing supply of medicines and medical products

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Health and social care leaders in Wolverhampton are proud of their joint working to tackle local issues that arise from time to time. Currently our leaders are working closely with Wolverhampton Local Pharmaceutical Committee, the Government and NHS suppliers to make sure that medicines and medical products continue to be available in Wolverhampton during and beyond the uncertainty currently surrounding Brexit.

Wolverhampton Doctors and Pharmacists have not been instructed to delay or change any routine treatment or medicines as a result of Brexit planning.

Advice for all patients is not to stockpile and to keep ordering your repeat prescriptions and taking your medicines as normal. The NHS, through your local doctor's surgery and pharmacy, will keep you informed if there are any necessary changes.

Patients in Wolverhampton invited to attend Diabetes Awareness Event

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Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), along with other local partners, is inviting patients and the public to find out more about Diabetes by attending an awareness event next month. Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

The event is being held on Saturday 13 April at Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR from 9am – 1pm and is aimed at patients, relatives and carers of people living with Diabetes or those at risk of developing Diabetes. Highlights of the event include a key note speaker, information stands, and the opportunity to take part in smaller workshops to learn more about Diabetes care (for example foot care, dietetics, education and the healthcare essentials).

Spring into action for better health

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Spring offers new possibilities and, when it comes to health and wellbeing, many important advantages. The longer days and the better weather make this the ideal time to “spring clean” health habits and NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group is offering top tips to help everyone spring into action and give their health a seasonal boost.

Reinforce, Focus and Energise – Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019

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The frail and elderly and those who care for them are being reminded of the importance of good food and drinking fluids in a campaign supported by NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Nutrition and Hydration Week, which runs from 11-17 March, is an important annual campaign which focuses on promoting awareness and encouraging people to ensure good nutrition and hydration as part of their daily diet.

Older people are especially at risk of becoming dehydrated which could lead to other health issues such as constipation or infection.

Medical evidence also shows that good nutrition and hydration can assist in preventing conditions such as pressure ulcers, heart disease, diabetes, and low blood pressure.  It is also recognised that it helps to keep you alert and feel generally healthier.

Dr Salma Reehana, GP and Chair of NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Nutrition and Hydration Week is the ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of drinking water and knowing which key foods have rich fluids.  There are plenty of things people can do to maintain a good level of nutrition and hydration, for example, drinking water regularly throughout the day, eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and cutting down on the amount of sugar and salt they eat.

“It’s really important people maintain a good diet and stay hydrated, especially those who are being cared for in a hospital or care home.

“The consequences of poor nutrition and hydration are well documented and include increased risk of infection, delayed wound healing and decreased muscle strength.”

If you’re looking at ways of improving your diet, here are a few things that could help:

•    Eat plenty of fruit and veg – It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veg a day
•    Eat more fish – fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals
•    Cut down on saturated fat and sugar – we all need fat in our diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount of fat that we’re eating
•    Eat less salt – eating too much salt can raise blood pressure, which can lead to people developing heart disease or having a stroke
•    Stay active – staying active is an important part of maintaining overall good health
•    Be aware of dehydration – we need to drink about 1.6 - 2 litres of fluid every day.

You can find out more about the week and pledge your support at http://nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk