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OVER 230 people attended the event organised by Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group on Tuesday 19th January at the Pakistani Centre in Liverpool 8. The Event was for local Women from the Picton and Kensington Neighbourhoods, many from the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) community. The aim was to raise awareness of the importance of attending for regular cancer screening (Bowel, Breast and Cervical) and to explain how early detection can save lives. The agenda covered the following:
  1. Opening and introductions – Rahima Farah (Social Inclusion Team LCH)
  2. Breast Cancer Awareness – Tina Davies-Taylor (LCH)
  3. Cervical Cancer Awareness – Maggi Williams (WHISC)
  4. Bowel Cancer Awareness – Jill Ollerton (LCH)
  5. Liverpool Healthy Lung Programme – Dr Katy Gardner & Michelle Timoney (Liverpool CCG)
  6. Importance of screening and early detection – Dr Nazia Mohammed (Abercromby Family Practice & Picton Neighbourhood Lead)
  7. Questions – Dr Nazia Mohammed (Abercromby Family Practice & Picton Neighbourhood Lead)
The health-related stalls at the event were:
  • Social Inclusion Team
  • Be clear on cancer / Bowel Cancer
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Fagends
  • Examine your options
  • Princess Park Health Centre
  • Health Watch
There were also stalls doing Henna and others promoting health, skin and beauty products for women. Food was provided by a local company based on Lodge Lane (Marleys Bar and Grill) who coincidently have been looking for ways of getting involved in health promotion in the community. They have offered the use of their venue to support events for the community and would like to get involved in some of the wider neighbourhood work that is taking place. The entire event brought together a range of local organisations with one aim – to improve the health of our community and reduce unnecessary deaths from cancer through regular screening and early detection. During the event there was an opportunity for questions. The following concerns and fears were highlighted as barriers to screening:
  • Privacy of the procedures (will it be a female doctor)
  • Pain (will it hurt) this was raised numerous times
  • Embarrassment was raised on numerous occasions as being a big barrier
  • In relation to Cervical screening – is it necessary if I am a virgin?
  • In relation to Cervical screening – is it necessary if I have had only one partner?
  • People also asked about prevention – HPV Vaccine, living healthier lifestyles, not smoking etc…
The women were very interested in the presentations and were very forthcoming with their concerns and questions. Many admitted to not having attended their screening due to some of the reasons above. This event was a step in the right direction to raising the importance of screening and early detection and to addressing some of the barriers to screening. This event and the awareness it has created will be the foundation for ongoing work in the neighbourhood around promotion and encouraging the uptake of Bowel, Breast and Cervical Screening. Below is a snapshot from one of the evaluation forms:
Womens Health Awareness evaluation
Information I gained at this event: “The importance of early diagnosis and to pass on what I have learned to my friends and family”.
If this is the message that everyone took home, then the organisers can consider the event a great success.

STAYING well during cold months isn’t too difficult when you know what to do. If you follow this advice from Public Health Liverpool, take simple precautions and act quickly if you become ill then you should be able to look forward to a healthy and safe winter. Have all your vaccinations Everyone with a long-term condition is eligible for a free flu vaccine. It’s important that you get yours, even if you feel healthy. You will need one every year, otherwise you won’t be protected. Pneumonia vaccinations are also available to most people with long term conditions but you will only need to have this once in your life. Ask the receptionist at your GP practice to arrange these vaccinations for you. Avoid people with colds and flu If you know someone with an infection, it’s a good idea to avoid them until they’re better and if you get ill make sure you’re treated quickly. Make sure you take your medications It’s important that you take your regular medications as prescribed. Make sure you stay on top of your repeat prescriptions through your GP practice, leaving plenty of time ahead of weekends and public holidays like Christmas. If you are prescribed antibiotics it’s very important that you finish the whole course, even if you start to feel better.Healthy Liverpool Ad Keep your house warm A cold house can make some conditions worse, especially respiratory conditions like COPD and asthma, as well as arthritis, rheumatism and cardiovascular disease. It’s important to make sure that your house is warm, it’s recommend keeping the main room of your house heated to at least 21 degrees for 9 hours a day. If you’re struggling to do this, you may be eligible for financial support to help you. Be aware of the weather and wrap up warm Keep an eye on the weather forecasts to see when it’s going to be cold and damp. Try to reduce the number of times you go out when it’s very cold (less than 4 degrees) by doing things like stocking up on your shopping. If you do need to go out, stay warm by wearing a coat, hat and scarf. Non-slip footwear can also help to avoid falls. Eat regular hot meals Stay warm with regular hot meals made up of vegetables such as soups and stews and try to have lots of hot drinks throughout the day. Be prepared for coughs and colds Make sure you’re ready for minor illnesses by keeping a well-stocked medicine cupboard at home for the winter months. Ask your local pharmacist for advice on what to include. Know your warning signs It’s important to act quickly if your condition worsens. Make sure you know how to spot and deal with problems early. Ask your practice nurse about developing a plan for this. This may include a rescue pack including antibiotics and steroids. It’s important that you understand when to use this and to notify your GP and practice nurse when you do. For more help and support you can contact the following: Careline This is your first port of call on matters relating to social care. Call 0151 233 3800 Healthy Homes offers free help and advice on improving your home for the good of your health Call 0800 0121 754 or visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/healthyhomes Healthwatch If you wish to find out more about what information, services and activities are available to help you manage your health needs call 0300 77 77 007 or visit www.livewellliverpool.info Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton Call 0151 330 5678 or visit www.ageconcernliverpoolandsefton.org.uk Handyperson Service This service provides help with household maintenance, repairs and tidying your garden for Liverpool residents aged 50+ of if you have a disability. The service is free – you just pay for the cost of materials. Call 0151 295 6102      

Up in smoke - your health and your cash is at risk if you drink too much and 'preloading' makes it worse
A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing drunkenness in Liverpool city centre is now underway. Using the slogan ‘Drink Less Enjoy More’, it is aimed at 18 – 30 year olds and warns that they risk having their night out cut short as bar staff may refuse to serve them. The campaign encourages young people to cut back on how much they drink at home before going out – so-called ‘pre-loading’ – as well as how much they consume when visiting bars, pubs and clubs. The campaign, a joint initiative between Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police, CitySafe and Liverpool NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, aims to raise awareness of the 2003 Licensing Act, which states it is illegal to buy alcohol for someone who is clearly drunk or for bar staff to serve someone who is clearly drunk. Both offences are punishable with a fine of up to £1,000 and premises found to be serving people who are clearly drunk are also at risk of being stripped of their licence – but local research shows only half of people are aware of the law. Carl Bell, general manager of non-alcoholic bar The Brink, which is based on Parr Street, told Good News Liverpool: “Not drinking as much has become a lot more popular for people on nights out, and we regularly have groups of people come to The Brink. “Being alcohol free we have a lot on offer in terms drinks with more than 130 varieties of beverages from coffee to mocktails. “We’ve seen an increase in stag and hen parties attending for a ‘day off’ the alcohol on their trips and we also have large crowds come in to watch the football or see open mic nights among many other events.” Carl says he can see why opting to stay sober is becoming more popular for people on nights out: “There’s no surprise in it. There’s lots of positives; it’s good to give your body a break, no hangover, you save money, no regrets… the list goes on.” Mayoral lead for Community Safety, Councillor Emily Spurrell, said: “Drinking excessively places a huge strain on public services such as the police, ambulance staff and hospitals. “Almost three quarters of 18-30 year olds who need an ambulance to take them to hospital are taken between midnight and 5am. Most instances are at the weekend, with many incidents preventable if people hadn’t drunk too much. “We don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves and we are not telling them not to drink. What we are saying is that by having less and not overdoing it you will have a better and safer night.” The council’s Alcohol and Tobacco Unit staff are running training sessions to support bar staff to confidently refuse service to someone who is clearly drunk. Merseyside Police will be actively enforcing the laws in Liverpool City Centre in order to reduce drunkenness. Superintendent Mark Wiggins from Merseyside Police said: “We know that around 50 per cent of all violent crimes committed are alcohol related and that if you drink at home, then go out, you are more likely to be involved in violence, either as a victim or as an offender. “Liverpool’s night time economy is rightly famous and the city has a well-deserved reputation as a safe and vibrant place to enjoy a night out. Every weekend at least 100,000 people visit to enjoy the night life and we want to ensure those people leave with memories of a fantastic night out and are keen to come back time and time again. “This scheme isn’t aimed at those who drink responsibly – it’s there to help identify the small minority of people who have had too much alcohol and could end up being a danger either to themselves or others. People need to ask themselves whether they want to have their night ended early because they are refused entry to a bar due to them having consumed too much alcohol too early. Drink sensibly and enjoy your night out with friends. “We are working with our partners to educate staff at licences premises so that they are not breaking the law by serving people who have clearly already had enough to drink. “Merseyside Police is committed to reducing violent crime and making the streets safe and if successful, this initiative should help to make Liverpool an even safer place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a night out.” Healthy Liverpool AdOUR TOP FIVE REASONS TO SWERVE TOO MUCH DRINK
  1. Fresh as a daisy
Feeling fresh in the morning, particularly of a weekend, is unknown to many people. Imagine not having to wake up to an alarm clock but at your own leisure without nausea or a banging head.
  1. Money, money, money
The average spend per person on alcohol alone is around £100 per month. Cutting back on the ale could save a small fortune. If you were to put that money in a piggy bank and check it each Christmas, you wouldn’t have any worries buying in the presents and new clothes!
  1. Booze blues
We’ve all been there. Feeling miserable is a common side effect of a hangover. It makes your hormones hit rock bottom giving a sinking feeling that won’t go way for 24 hours. Why do this to yourself?
  1. The fear
Ever worried you said the wrong thing to the wrong person?  Or reacted in the wrong way to something? Can’t remember exactly who you said what to? Feeling paranoid? Yes – that’s ‘the fear’. Everyone knows excessive alcohol will dull the senses and cause memory loss. Don’t give yourself the fear, it’s not worth the headache it causes.
  1. Calories still count
Alcohol causes weight gain. The myths about ‘clear dinks are better for you’ or ‘light beer won’t make you fat’ are all false. once your body has alcohol inside it stops burning fat. The alcohol then sits in your body and converts into fat. There’s a whole proven science behind it – Google it. There’s no escaping it – alcohol will make you put on weight. End of.    

A LIVERPOOL pharmacist is urging residents to speak to their chemist if they are feeling unwell and can’t get a fast appointment with their GP. Eric Goodman of the Green Lane Pharmacy in South Liverpool says that people in communities should use their local chemists and be confident that they can seek advice. “A chemist is an expert in all medicines. Self-care is being urged across the NHS at the moment – particularly in the winter time. “If someone feels unwell it’s a natural step to get a GP appointment, but at this time of year appointments quickly are difficult to get and rather than waiting up to a week to get medical advice, drop into your local pharmacy. We can help to treat people and if absolutely necessary can make the call to your GP direct and recommend an urgent appointment.” Eric the pharmacist 2Pharmacists train for five years to gain their qualifications and Eric prides himself and his staff in their customer-focused approach. “It’s important that as a community pharmacy that we have an ‘open door’ policy. As a team we make it our priority to put the customer and patient first. Not feeling well is a terrible experience, so it’s important for us to keep empathy at the forefront of our practice, along with accurate advice.” There is a scheme running across Liverpool called Care at The Chemist which allows the public to get medicines and advice for certain illnesses from the local pharmacy which would usually be available only on prescription. The illnesses which can be treated on the scheme don’t require a trip to the doctor first. Also, if you don’t pay for prescriptions or have a pre-payment certificate you won’t pay at the chemist under the scheme either. Some conditions which come under the scheme include; conjunctivitis, athlete’s foot, coughs, ulcers, sore throats and more. Ask your pharmacist for a full list for what is covered. “No matter what the problem is, if you can’t get to the doctor don’t just go to the hospital,” added Eric. “Go along to your local chemist and see what advice they have. “Also don’t leave it to fester if you’re unwell. We are here to help and keep you well.”

NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of all the GP Practices in Liverpool. It’s their job to plan and arrange local health care – this includes hospital and community based services. The CCG are currently are leading a Healthy Liverpool programme to transform health in our city. The goal is to create a health care system that: •           works around each individual’s needs •           supports people to stay well •           provides the very best in care, now and for the future. As part of gathering vital public views, the CCG have introduced a new web platform for people to give leave comments and share what they think. Whether it’s good or bad the main thing is that people share their views and experiences so that Healthy Liverpool can deliver successful results for everyone. The online forum sees a series of topics from physical activity to mental health and wellbeing discussed with the opportunity to interact with leading health professionals. It takes five minutes to register on the site to get involved and say how you think health and healthcare in Liverpool can be improved. Visit www.liverpooltalkshealth.info/liverpool-talks-health to give your views.

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