Managing your health
Mental Health Resources
Please click below to view our document with lots of links to help you manage your mental health.
Long Term Condition Reviews
Please read this letter carefully as the process for long term condition reviews has changed Long Term Condition Update Letter Feb 2021
As you will be aware, the pressures on the NHS are incredibly high at the moment because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has become apparent that we cannot continue to review your long term conditions in the same way as we did before, and need to do this more remotely.
We have tried hard over the last six months to get patients to send us the information that we need to review them over the phone, such as by patients submitting questionnaires to us with their health information. But although some have been sent back, most are incomplete and are therefore not useful. They are unfortunately causing more problems with chasing up the missing data than they solve.
Thank you if you have sent something back in, and sorry if we haven’t been in touch about it, but it may well be because it was incomplete. If we contact you again over the next few months to attempt this in a different way, please do get in touch as asked.
Did you know that we have:
- 4300 patients with at least one long term condition
- 939 patients with diabetes
- 2149 patients with cardiovascular disease (including heart disease, vascular disease, stroke, kidney disease)
- 2133 patients with high blood pressure
- 975 patients with asthma
- 279 patients with COPD
And lots of people have a number of different long term conditions.
We therefore do spend a lot of time and resources doing these reviews, but for the time being with the pandemic, we are having to concentrate on the higher risk patients, before rolling this out over the next 12-24 months to aim to review everyone annually as normal.
Please therefore bear with us, and do make every attempt to book in for your review if you are asked to, as you will have been contacted because it is important. If we contact you to book in please make sure you respond as soon as possible. If you haven’t been asked to get a review at this stage please don’t book for a review, even if it is your birthday month, but please contact us if you think you need to be reviewed more urgently. In the future, we do plan to get everyone reviewed in the month of their birthday, but this is on hold at present (apart from for asthma and COPD patients).
In the meantime, please continue to do everything that you can to help yourself by following the advice that you have previously been given by your nurse: eating a healthy diet, exercising at healthy levels, avoid smoking, and looking after your mental health.
We are also encouraging people with cardiovascular disease to check their own blood pressure at home. If you are doing this please send it in in writing so that we can record it, even if it’s normal. Cardiovascular diseases include: diabetes, stroke, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, kidney impairment, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure.
Please use this link to access further healthy lifestyle information:
Step by Step Better Balance Sessions
ActivLives are back running some Step by Step Better Balance sessions for over 55s. The aim is to improve strength and balance in this demographic to help reduce falls and to allow patients to socialise at the same time. If we feel you may benefit from these sessions, we can refer you and you will receive your first 4 sessions for free. Just ask us next time you speak to a member of our clinical team. You will have to undergo a health screening to make sure the classes are appropriate for you. You can also directly self-refer. Please click here for more information, call 01473 345350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is part of the national programme which is expected to provide support to 100,000 individuals each year.
Over a course of 9 months, by attending 6 fortnightly and 7 monthly group sessions you will learn how to prevent Type 2 diabetes, have the opportunity to partake in group discussions and ask your coach questions, all from the comfort of your home.
Those referred to the service will receive tailored, personalised support to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.
A clinician may refer you or you can click here to complete the 'know your risk' tool and self-refer to the service.
Please find below some patient information leaflets:
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Exercising Safely During Ramadan (2021)
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team and the Get Help To Get Active service at One Life Suffolk have produced a comprehensive booklet with lots of helpful ideas on how to exercise safely during Ramadan. This has been co-produced with the Bury St. Edmunds Islamic Cultural Organisation and has been endorsed by the British Islamic Medical Association. It provides lots of tips, information, and guidance around physical activity and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan. Please note that all participants are advised to check with their healthcare professional that it is safe for them to participate in physical activity.