At Weavervale surgery we are committed to lowering our carbon footprint, to reduce our impact on the climate crisis and our environment. This is in line with the NHS plan to be carbon neutral by 2040 with 80% reductions in carbon emissions by 2032 (that’s just 11 years from now!)
Did you know that the NHS is responsible for 4% of the UK’s carbon footprint? In general practice, most of our carbon emissions are associated with prescribing, and in particular the prescribing of inhalers for asthma and COPD.
We all need to play our part. Look out for regular updates over the coming months. Start by only ordering the medication you need, to avoid waste, and order using the NHS app to cut down on travel.
Medical Services and their carbon footprint
Carbon emissions are linked with just about everything, from the food we eat, goods we buy, energy supply, transport, housing, clothes, financial services, health services (visits, procedures, drugs) etc.
There is a carbon cost to manufacturing of medicines, their containers, shipment to warehouses and onwards to pharmacies, and fuel used when patients go to collect their prescription.
We have already started prescribing the salbutamol brand “salamol” instead of Ventolin evohaler or unbranded salbutamol, in-line with advice and guidance from our Cheshire CCG medicines management team (and a national directive). This is because, although the medicine is exactly the same, the gases used to propel the active ingredient cause much less global warming. Blue reliever inhalers make up 70 % of inhalers prescribed.
Dry powder and soft mist inhalers, like the easyhaler range, turbohalers and the Ellipta range, have the lowest carbon footprint of all. We will be looking to talk about this with you at annual checks and medication reviews. Meanwhile, please keep using your existing inhalers to keep well! Changes to your preventer inhalers will only be made with your agreement, and only if your condition is stable and you would be suitable to change.
Some useful websites are:
For asthma, www.asthma.org.uk
For COPD, www.blf.org.uk
For general information, www.greenerpractice.co.uk/new-page-3
Info about inhalers and their carbon footprint, www.greenerpractice.co.uk/inhaler-recycling-1
If you are feeling worried or anxious about breast cancer after the sad news about Sarah Harding, there is support and advice available for you.
Breast Cancer Now have nurses available to answer your questions via their free Helpline 0808 800 6000 or you can find out more about signs and symptoms on their website https://breastcancernow.org/…/signs-symptoms-breast-cancer
You can also find advice at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/symptoms/
If you notice any symptoms of breast cancer, such as an unusual lump in your breast or any change in the appearance, feel or shape of your breasts book an appointment to see your GP asap.
The GP will examine you. If they think your symptoms need further assessment, they’ll refer you to a specialist breast cancer clinic.
This year’s World Alzheimer’s Month is focussing on dementia, highlighting the importance of talking about dementia and raising awareness of how it impacts the daily lives of people affected by the condition.
We know that receiving a dementia diagnosis can leave a person feeling very alone. We have also spoken to primary carers who feel isolated since their loved one received a diagnosis. But you are not alone – there is support available to anyone who is affected by or worried about dementia. You can find information, guidance and support at:
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
We want to ensure that our GP practices are safe places for everyone – that is our absolute priority and we ask that you do all you can to help us help you. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and we thank you for your support – we’re #inthistogether. Watch this short film put together by Cheshire CCG featuring Tina Birkby a local Practice Manager and local GP, Dr Judi Price reinforcing the need to continue to stay safe and the ways that people will access general practice for the foreseeable future.
Cheshire CCG have developed the CATCH app, a very useful tool for anyone looking after little ones. It contains useful information about emergency care for children, services available in the local area and information on routine care such as immunizations and medication. Get it wherever you get your apps
If you are pregnant it is important to have both doses of your Covid-19 vaccine to protect you and your unborn baby.
Covid-19 infection is currently circulating and can be serious for pregnant women. Thousands of women have been safely vaccinated in the UK and Worldwide.
Call 119 or go online to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ to register for your vaccination appointment. You can also attend walk-in, mobile or pop up vaccination clinics in your area.
For more information on the covid-19 vaccination for women of child bearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding visit this handy guide on gov.uk