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Certificate
18th Dec 2023

St Stephens Medical Partnership is a gambling harms accredited practice

MMR poster
27th Nov 2023

Measles, Mumps and Rubella

Escape pain
9th Nov 2023

Escape pain group rehab

ESCAPE-pain is a group rehab programme for people living with joint pain, that uses education and coping strategies alongside exercise. It helps you to understand your condition, teaches you simple things that you can help yourself with, and takes you through a progressive exercise programme so that you can learn how to cope with the pain better.
 
We now have details for the delivery of this programme in January 2024 at The Abbey Stadium. Follow the link for more information.
Autism  poster
26th Oct 2023

Autism West Midlands Support Service

Autism well being walks poster
26th Oct 2023

Autism West Midlands Support Services

Wellbeing walks

Held twice a month, one in Herefordshire and the other in Worcestershire. These are held in different locations each month, including some National Trust sites where we have kindly be given free access for those who attend our walks.

 

Social groups – we are currently in the process of setting up social groups in Worcester, a LGBTQ+ autism group twice a month held at The Hive starting in November and a social group for crafts and discussions to be held at the Quaker House. These groups will be mirrored in Herefordshire in the coming months.

Autism 1 to 1 poster
26th Oct 2023

Autism West Midlands Support Services

1 to 1 support

A series of 4 person-centred sessions with one of our autism advisors. These sessions are designed to provide information and support in areas you may be experiencing difficulties such as communication, sensory awareness, anxiety, and wellbeing Autism Confident - This is a free 8-week programme which aims to help you understand more about autism, help to improve your confidence, and provide you with an opportunity to meet other autistic people. It also offers opportunities to develop your social skills in a supported group setting. Please fill out the below form to access your 1 to 1 sessions.

HW 1 to 1 Referral form July 2023.docx

Walking rugby
17th Oct 2023

Walking Rugby

Starting Friday 10th November 2023 at 10:30am - IT'S FREE! – follow the link below for more information …..
Escape pain
17th Oct 2023

ESCAPE- pain for backs class

6 weeks, 12 sessions FREE Education and Exercise programme – see more here…. ESCAPE-pain for BACKS - redditchbc.gov.uk

 

You can register your interest on the webpage, the programme is starting in January 2024ou can register your interest on the webpage, the programme is starting in January 2024!

Shingle
9th Oct 2023

Shingles Vaccine Eligibility

From 1 September 2023, the shingles vaccination is being offered to:

  • Everyone aged 70 to 79 years is eligible for the Shingles Vaccine 
  • people aged 50 years and over with a severely weakened immune system
  • healthy people aged 60 to 70 years will become eligible for the vaccine over the next 5 years, when they turn 65 or 70 years

The shingles vaccine is given as an injection into the upper arm. 

There are 2 shingles vaccines that can be administered: 

  • Zostavax, a live vaccine given as 1 dose
  • Shingrix, a non-live vaccine given as 2 doses

If Zostavax is not suitable for you, our nurses will decide whether to offer you Shingrix instead.

Contact your Surgery if you missed your vaccine. You're eligible up until your 80th birthday.

You can get Shingles more than once, so it's important to get vaccinated even if you've had Shingles before.

 

For more information on eligibility for Shingles Vaccine please follow the link below...

 

Shingles vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Fibromyalgia class
31st Aug 2023

Finding Freedom with Fibromyalgia

A gentle movement and relaxation class for people living with fibromyalgia.

NEW FREE - from September 2023

Starting in September 2023 at Bromsgrove Sport and Leisure Centre we will be holding an Education and Exercise programme specifically designed for people living with Fibromyalgia.

Developed alongside fibromyalgia patients, this 12 week programme will include elements of education, relaxation techniques, and gentle movement to assist in the management of fibromyalgia.
Each session is designed to be responsive to clients abilities, as these will vary between people and from day-to-day.

To register your interest follow this link... Finding Freedom with Fibromyalgia - bromsgrove.gov.uk

Certificate
9th Jun 2023

Certificate of Achievement

ARI info
17th Feb 2023

Acute Respiratory Infection Hubs

Awareness Days
17th Feb 2023

Awareness Days & Health advice

World Braille Day, 4th January

World Braille Day celebrates the birth of Louis Braille. He developed a system where each character is comprised of six dots. There are characters for each of the letters of the alphabet, but also characters for words like “and” and “for”. Braille revolutionised written communication for the blind. https://www.un.org/en/observances/braille-day

National Obesity Awareness Week, 8th - 14th January

Obesity is a growing problem, with 50% of the UK population expected to be obese by 2050. Obesity has long-term impacts on your health and fitness. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/

If you’d like to move more, to help you lose or stabilise your weight, you might consider a programme like ‘Couch to 5k’. Designed for those who aren’t currently doing a large amount of physical activity, it helps you to run for 30 minutes within 9 weeks. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/running-and-aerobic-exercises/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/

Paget’s Disease Awareness Day, 11th January

Paget’s disease is more common in the over 50s and affects bone growth. As bone is found in so much of the body, it can affect areas like hearing and the heart, as well as bones becoming more fragile and osteoarthritis.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pagets-disease-bone/

STIQ Day, 14th January

Sexually Transmitted Infection Question Day is held annually on 14th January. STIQ Day encourages us to think about sexually transmitted infections and our own sexual health. http://www.stiq.co.uk/about/

If you’re worried that you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), you can go to a sexual health clinic. Most clinics allow you to turn up and wait so that you don’t have to make an appointment, but you should check before you visit. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis/

Samaritans Brew Monday, 15th January

Legend has it that the third Monday in January is the most difficult day of the year. The reality is that if you’re finding things tough, then any day might be difficult. The Samaritans are there 24/7 to provide non-judgemental listening. We can learn a great deal from the way the Samaritans listen; it can be challenging not to provide advice, but sometimes we need to just listen and be present in order to offer support.
https://www.samaritans.org

The Samaritans use ‘Brew Monday’ to raise both funds and awareness. You can help the Samaritans by holding a fundraiser to help them keep supporting those in difficulty. https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/

The Samaritans offer a free self-help app. You can use the self-help app to track how you’re feeling and to make plans for staying safe in a crisis, as well as completing activities to help you better navigate challenges.
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/self-help/

If you’re feeling low or overwhelmed, we want to hear from you. But if you’re having an urgent mental health crisis, you can find your local mental health helpline or numbers to call for support here:
https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, 22nd - 28th January

Cervical cancer mostly affects women under the age of 45. Almost all cervical cancers are linked to infections with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The NHS now offers vaccination against many types of HPV. If you’re under 25 and you missed having the vaccination when you were aged 12-13, then you may be eligible for immunisation. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/hpv-human-papillomavirus-vaccine/

Anyone who has a cervix can get cervical cancer. If you’re having vaginal bleeding or discharge that’s unusual for you, or pain during sex in your lower back, hips or pelvis, you should seek an appointment with a member of your GP practice team. While there are many reasons why you might have these types of symptoms, it’s important to rule out some causes.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-cancer/

Anytime in January

Men’s wellbeing


One in five men die before the age of 65. The Men’s Health Forum aims to change the way we look at, and think about, men’s health so that we ensure we reduce the number of premature deaths. https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Livewell Dorset has put together a fantastic resource to support men in thinking about their long-term health and wellbeing. You can find out more about how you can take care of your physical and mental health here: https://www.livewelldorset.co.uk/faq/get-active/men’s-health-tips/

Drug abuse

Whether you’re a child or an adult, if you want honest and accurate advice and information about drugs, then you might want to ‘Talk to Frank’. Using both medical and street names for drugs, you can find out more about what to do if you’re worried about drugs or someone who’s taking them. https://www.talktofrank.com

If you’ve become aware that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol or drugs, Mind UK has a fantastic list of organisations that can help, with a range of support depending on the situation.
https://www.mind.org.uk/information...n/drug-and-alcohol-addiction-useful-contacts/

New year, new challenges

Often, the new year is seen as a time to start things afresh. It’s also a time of year when people make significant changes to their lives – perhaps to do with relationships or work. This BBC article highlights the challenges faced by those in relationships and considers the opportunities for counselling. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-64187350

If a break over the festive season has clarified for you that you’re not finding things easy at work, you might want to consider talking to your employer informally to see if things can be resolved. https://www.acas.org.uk/how-to-raise-a-problem-at-work

Walk Your Dog Month

January is ‘Walk Your Dog Month’. If you’re a dog owner, start the year as you mean to go on. Dogs need regular exercise, for both their bodies and minds, and ensuring your dog gets the right amount of exercise helps to make sure they aren’t frustrated or destructive. Making sure they have the right amount of exercise can help you to meet your exercise goals too!
https://vetspecialists.co.uk/blog-post/walk-your-dog-month-january-2022/

Veganuary

The excesses of the festive season can leave you feeling sluggish and bloated. Veganuary is a brilliant time to consider a more vegetable-based diet, and starting with a vegan month in January can really demonstrate the wide variety of meals you can eat which don’t include animal products. https://veganuary.com

No matter what type of food you prefer to eat, the Veganuary website has you covered. With over 1,000 recipes, there’s a recipe for every occasion and for anyone regardless of their preferences. https://veganuary.com/recipes/

There are health benefits to a well-balanced vegan diet, and you can find out more about those benefits and the things you might need to bear in mind to ensure balance is maintained in your diet here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegan-diet-benefits#lose-excess-weight

parkrun

Have you considered parkrun and decided against it because you don’t think you’re up to running? Whether you’re a runner, a jogger or a walker, parkrun welcomes you and wants to support you on your journey.
https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/201853881-Can-I-walk-

parkrun is a brilliant and supportive way to participate in a FREE event that helps get you out and about. You’ll never come last at parkrun, and whether you have support needs or children, there is a parkrun for you.
https://www.parkrun.org.uk

Dry January

January is an ideal time for a clean sheet. If you’ve had a festive season steeped in alcohol, then 31 alcohol-free days in January might be just what your body needs.
https://alcoholchange.org.uk/help-and-support/managing-your-drinking/dry-january

To support you with Dry January, you can download the Try Dry app. The Try Dry app helps you track any changes, access support and monitor your progress, all from your phone.
https://alcoholchange.org.uk/help-a.../dry-january/get-involved/the-dry-january-app

70% of people who ‘go dry’ for January report better sleep, and 66% report having more energy. At such a tough time of the year, most of us could use better sleep and more energy. Why not give it a try?
https://alcoholchange.org.uk/help-and-support/managing-your-drinking/dry-january

Love Your Liver Month

January is ‘Love Your Liver Month’. The liver is vital for good health. The liver performs over 500 vital functions in the body; two of the most important are converting food to energy and helping to fight infections.
https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/love-your-liver-month/

Three of the most common causes of liver damage are drinking alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis. The British Liver Trust has a screening tool to help you understand the risk to your liver.
https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/at-risk-screener/

Winter fuel payment

If you were born before 25th September 1957, you should be eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment. Most people will get this automatically, and will have received a letter in October or November to say they will receive the payment. If you haven’t had a letter, you can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a range of diseases that damage the optic nerve. Age, blood pressure, family history, diabetes, ethnicity and short or long-sightedness can all contribute to your risk of glaucoma. https://glaucoma.uk/about-glaucoma/what-is-glaucoma/

Glaucoma is often relatively symptomless to start with and as symptoms generally develop slowly, damage can occur without you being aware. Most people are recommended to have an eye test at least every two years unless they’ve been advised otherwise by a doctor.
https://glaucoma.uk/about-glaucoma/signs-symptoms/

JAM card

JAM stands for ‘Just a minute’. The JAM card is designed for those with hidden disabilities and communication difficulties to enable them to discreetly inform others that they need a bit more time. https://www.jamcard.org

Thyroid awareness

The thyroid gland is responsible for controlling your body’s hormone levels, which keep cells working normally. If the levels of thyroid hormones become too high or too low, then the way your body works will be challenged. Even symptoms like loose stools or constipation might be related. https://www.btf-thyroid.org/what-is-thyroid-disorder

Thyroid disorders are far more common in women than in men. The risk of developing an underactive thyroid also increases with age, so it’s not unusual to have women suffering from thyroid and menopause symptoms. https://www.btf-thyroid.org/thyroid-menopause

Wash your hands

During the pandemic, the importance of hand-washing was emphasised. But it’s no less important now, as good hand hygiene helps to prevent the spread of illnesses such as food poisoning and viruses like flu, COVID-19 and Norovirus. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Armed Forces veteran friendly GP practice
16th Feb 2023

Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP practice

St Stephens surgery and Maple View Medical Practice

Military Veteran Information Leaflet

When you left HM Forces, you may have been given a medical release form F Med 133. If you wish your new GP to have access to your service medical records, you need to complete the form and send it to the appropriate address at the top of form, F Med 133. If you were not given the form, you can send a signed dated letter (not email) through the post to the respective address below stating your consent to the release of your service medical history to Natalie Gilliland, St Stephens  Surgery, Adelaide Street, Redditch, B97 4AL. You will need to include details such as: • Service number, Rank/rating, Surname and Forename(s), Date of birth • National Insurance number • Residential address on leaving the service

Royal Navy/Marines MDG(N)Medical Records, Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke, Hampshire PO12 2AA Army Army Personnel Centre, Secretariat Disclosure 3 (Medical), MP 525 Kentigern House, Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX Royal Air Force PMA Medical (RAF), Room 040, Building 248, RAF Innsworth, Gloucs, GL3 1EZ

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15th Feb 2023

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