Alcohol is now the leading risk factor for ill-health, early mortality and disability among people aged 15 to 49 in England and the fifth leading risk factor for ill health across all age groups.
· Liver disease: Liver disease is on the rise. Since 1970, deaths due to liver disease have increased by 400%.
· High blood pressure and stroke: Alcohol can increase your risk of high blood pressure and stroke, even if you don’t drink very large amounts. And if you’ve had a stroke, alcohol could increase your risk of another stroke.
· Immune system: The World Health Organisation has warned that alcohol use, especially heavy use, can weaken the immune system and leave us more vulnerable to infectious diseases like Covid.
Mental health: According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, regularly drinking alcohol affects the chemistry of the brain and can increase the risk of depression, low mood and anxiety. Drinking can make you feel more tired and lower in mood.
· Brain: Alcohol can cause damage to the brain. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, those with Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD) suffer from problems such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating, similar to Alzheimer’s disease.
· Weight: Many people aren’t sure about the number of calories in their drinks and these can easily stack up. Reducing how much alcohol we drink is a good way to keep our weight in check.
Please click on the link below for more information regarding appointments, triage information and where to access self help if needed.
Remember if it is a life threatening emergency, please call 999 .
Please see below an update in regards to South Tynesides sexual health clinic and how to contact them:
South Tyneside Sexual Health Services
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In the last few weeks, many women are rightly coming forward to speak about the experiences they face of harassment, intimidation, assault and abuse.
Our message to women at this time is simple – the NHS is here for you.
Here are some contact details below:
- Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – 0808 200 0247 and associated online support at https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
- Rape crisis England and Wales Helpline – 0808 802 9999
- Mens adviceline – 0808 801 0327
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Despite lung cancer being the third most common cancer in England, suspected lung cancer referrals remain lower than normal.
- If you’ve had a cough for three weeks or more, and it isn’t COVID-19, it could still be a warning sign, please contact your GP practice.
- It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
- Your NHS is here to see you, safely.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all GP surgeries have to now screen patients before they come into the practice.
We are now offering a new service called E-Consult Lite. This is where a receptionist will fill in a form for you over the phone if you cannot access E-Consult yourself or are unable to fill in the online form. This form will then be passed to a clinician who will contact you either by email, telephone or text.
If you are calling about a medical problem, you no longer need to request an appointment with the GP or Nurse, you can simply fill in our online E-Consult form which can be found on this website.
Test results, sick notes and prescriptions can also all be requested via E-Consult.
If you are calling about a life threatening emergency please call 999.
What is an e consult
Please see below information on Social Prescribing and how it could benefit you!
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