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Taking Antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that lives inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them. The resistant bacteria can spread to your family. This puts you and your family at risk of more severe or longer illness.
Antibiotics are vital for some serious infections, and are needed during cancer treatments, and many operations. We need them to keep on working!
Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem. General public, health workers and policy-makers need to take action to avoid the spread of antibiotic resistance.
The staff at East Cliff Practice take extra care to ensure antibiotics are prescribed for the right person, at the right time, and for the right illness. If used carefully we can protect antibiotics and Keep them working! The NHS are also running a campaign named “Keep antibiotics working.” You might of seen leaflets in the practice or at your pharmacy.
How you can help?
This is a summary of the advice given by WHO ( the World Health Organisation) about ways you can help to prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance:
See this YouTube video find out what could happen if antibiotics stop working, and how we can make better use of these vital medicines.
At East Cliff, we believe that you should be able to access high quality medical care in a timely manner, appropriate to the urgency of your problem. As a Practice, we are always looking for innovative ways to improve the service you receive whether this is care of an ongoing problem or help with an acute illness. Nationally, patient demand for appointments is at an all-time high, whilst at the same time there is a recruitment crisis in general practice. We have for some time been developing a number of alternative solutions that benefit both patients and GPs.
As an initiative to optimise appointment use, we have introduced a new service The Acute Care Team. It is staffed by three acute care practitioners, each of whom is an experienced nurse with additional training (and experience) in the management of new problems.
Each day, this team will see the majority of patients with problems that need to be seen that day. The Acute Care Practitioner will be supported by one of the practice GPs this will usually be Dr Aidoo on a Monday and Tuesday and Dr Macpherson on a Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will be covered by the remaining GPs on a rotational basis. The Acute Care Team will deal with your immediate medical need and will direct you towards your usual GP if any further care is needed.
February Health Awareness - Stroke & The British Heart Foundation
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.
The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST:
Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly.
If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to brain injury, disability and possibly death.
There are 2 main causes of strokes:
There's also a related condition called a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), where the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted.
This causes what's known as a mini-stroke. It can last a few minutes or persist up to 24 hours.
TIAs should be treated urgently, as they're often a warning sign you're at risk of having a full stroke in the near future.
Seek medical advice as soon as possible, even if your symptoms get better.
Certain conditions increase the risk of having a stroke, including:
We fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular dementia. Diabetes. They're all connected, and they're all under our microscope.
Research has given us machines that can restart hearts, the ability to fix arteries in tiny babies, the power to give someone a heart they weren’t born with, and so much more.
But heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 in the UK, they cause heartbreak on every street. And that’s why our work is as urgent and vital as ever.
Our research, is the promise to protect the people we love. Our parents. Our brothers. Our sisters. Our grandparents. Our closest friends.
Research is who we are. The promise of future preventions, treatments and cures.
Conditions like heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia are all linked by your blood not flowing properly. That's why our research starts with your heart, but doesn't stop there. Our research is unlocking the connections between heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors.
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