From your Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Every month the Academy Medical Centre Patient Participation Group raises awareness of some health and wellbeing campaigns.
The PPG would like to highlight the following campaigns in July:
- Nutrition and Physical activity: there's lots of information on healthy living and keeping active on NHS Inform, including advice on how much exercise should be taken each week. Walking during lockdown has hopefully increased your fitness and is continuing! For advice on food labelling, allergies and food hygiene, visit www.food.gov.uk. There are many other healthy eating sites on the web.
- Sickle Cell Awareness Month (all month): July is Sickle Cell Awareness Month in the UK. Sickle cell disorders are a group of illnesses which affect your red blood cells. Sickle cell is a genetic condition, which means it is passed on from your parents and you are born with it. Share using the tag #WorldSickleCellDay. Find out more at www.sicklecellsociety.org.
- World Hepatitis Day (28 July): This annual campaign is about raising awareness across the world, and the theme this year is Hepatitis "can't wait". A person dies every 30 seconds from a hepatitis related illness – even in the current COVID-19 crisis. You can share using #WorldHepatitisDay or find out more on the website at www.worldhepatitisday.org, where there are campaign materials to download.
- Samaritans Awareness Month (all month): The annual awareness-raising campaign for the Samaritans, using the tag #TalkToUs. If you are having a tough time, you don't have to face it alone - call them free at any time, from any phone: 116 123. Or visit their website at samaritans.org. You can also email email@example.com for a response within 24 hours.
- Osteoporosis: NHS Inform will give you all the information you need about this disease which is very common amongst women, although men are not excluded.
You can get involved and raise awareness by talking about the campaigns, tweeting or sharing on social media, or by donating, fundraising and pledging your support.
About the PPG
The Academy Medical Centre PPG has worked with the practice since 2010 to enhance the delivery of primary care services in a number of areas.
You can make a difference to the Practice too! To get involved or find out more about the work and how the PPG assists the practice and you, the patient, see the Academy Medical Centre PPG page. Notes of our meetings are also available to give you a real flavour of what we're doing.