New information site launched to improve well-being in Wales. A landmark new website service has been launched to help people find the information and advice they need to improve their well-being and access local support services in Wales. Visit DEWIS here
Our very own Liv Jones is taking on the 14 peak challenge for our charity of the year - the Alzheimers Society. If you can, please donate here. Thank you :)
Older People’s Forum
Do you want to have your voice heard on the services you receive?
Tea & Coffee will be available
Forums are held at Llys y Felin Community Centre 2pm-4pm
Forum Dates 2016:
17th May 2016
28th June 2016
9th August 2016
20th September 2016
1st November 2016
13th December 2016
Please call Emma on 01745 816947 for more details
Please note the number for phlebotomy/blood services for the Royal Alex is changing -
As from the 4th May 2016 the Blood Test Appointments line phone number for the Royal Alex,
Rhyl will be Changing the New numbers are as follows:
English Line Number: 01978 318420
Welsh Line Number: 01978 318421
Or 4ydd o Fai bydd rhif llinellau Ffon am Apwyntiadau Profion Gwaed
Yn newid y rhifau newydd fydd
Llinell Saesneg: 01978 318420
Llinell Gymraeg: 01978 318421
Phone line opening times: 09.00am – 5pm Monday to Friday
Alternatively you can ring Denbigh Infirmary on 01745 818100 or Ruthin Community hospital on 01824 728610 between 10 and 2pm to make an appointment
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Screening will help stop people dying from bowel cancer. We can all raise awareness of bowel cancer screening this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
- If you are over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland), take the test when you receive it in the post.
- If you are younger, tell the people over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland) in your life, to take the test.
- click here for more information
Vale of Clwyd Mind are delighted to announce the start of the Allotment Project The Common, St Asaph on Wednesday and Friday - 10 am - 2 pm. The aims of the project is to engage with people with mental health problems with the wider community of St Asaph and surrounding areas. We are living in a time when an increasing number of people suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or other more serious/longer term mental health problems.
We aim to attract both people suffering form short and long term mental health problems and other members of the community to work together on the allotment. The Project is geared to both break down barriers and ensure that a ra nge of local people can:
Enjoy the peace and quiet of a garden environment
Grow fruit, flowers, vegetables, salad items and herbs for their own use - from seed to plate
Learn how to use what they grow as part of a healthy diet
Reduce the stigma associated with mental health
Pick up communication skills through working alongside each other and other plot holders
For further information, please contact: Jenny Bolton Mental Health & Wellbeing Outreach Manager Vale of Clwyd Mind 4 Rosemary Lane Denbigh Denbighshire LL16 3TT
For help and advice on mental health and well-being have a look at the Health Challenge Wales site for more information here
Thank you for the donations received so far to our chosen charity - Alzheimers Society - if you'd like to donate please go to our just giving page here
Meningitis B briefing
You may have seen on social media and in the media (18 Feb 2016) that a petition to make Meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine available to all infants on the NHS is gathering some pace. The petition was launched following the sad death of a 2 year old from Maidstone, due to Meningococcal B infection this month.
If parents want to vaccinate children outside of the cohort as a private patient you can look to get this done privately however under guidance patients cannot get this done in the practice where they are registered. Currently Pen-y-Bont are not offering this service, there is a shortage in supply of vaccines available to private patients.
Should you require any further information about the Meningitis B please visit NHS DIRECT for the most up to date information.
Zika Virus - Your Questions Answered
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the Zika virus has now spread through both South and Central America and expects 3-4 million people to be infected in 2016.
So what is the Zika virus and what steps can you take to protect yourself? Click on this link for further information - NHS Choices - Zika Virus Website
February - National Heart Month
Show your heart some love.
Visit the British Heart Foundation to find out how.
Organ Donation Wales
Take time to understand what this means for you and talk about it with your loved ones. You can make or change your organ donation decision at any time.
Choosing the right NHS Wales service if you become ill or are injured
Choose Well will help you decide if you need medical attention if you get sick. It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used.
Choosing Well means that you and your family will get the best treatment. It also allows busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.
If you are or know a stroke survivor who you think could benefit from a Life after Stroke grant, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0303 30 33 100 for more information on the application process.
Please note that a doctor’s certificate confirming diagnosis of stroke will be needed, and that the grants are means-tested to ensure that they are targeted at those in most need.
PREVENT MENINGITIS W
Young teenagers, sixth formers and 'fresher' students going to university for the first time are now routinely offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease. The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia - meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. All 17- and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 are eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the standard NHS vaccination programme.
There's further information at http://www.nhs.uk/ (search for "men ACWY") and about meningitis generally at Meningitis Now (https://www.meningitisnow.org/). If you are eligible, to arrange your vaccination, please ring the surgery on (01745) 583208 and book an appointment with one of the practice nurses.
Why quit smoking?
Let’s face it, there’s lots of reasons why it’s a good idea to stop smoking. Over time your health deteriorates and your wallet feels the burn too. But even though quitting won’t be the easiest thing you’ll ever do, we reckon it will be up there with the best.
Smokers come from all walks of life, each with their own reasons for wanting to quit. For some it’s part of a lifestyle change – the be healthier and fitter. For others, it’s more about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family and little ones.
Whatever your reason, thinking carefully about your motivation and reminding yourself during your quit, can really help you through the tough time.
For help to quit smoking - visit the NO SMOKING DAY WEBSITE