Leeds – let’s be there for one another

“Neighbours
Should be there for one another
That’s when good neighbours become good friends”

“Ok the above is taken from the theme song for the long-running Australian soap, Neighbours, but it captures the essence of the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign” says Shak Rafiq, Communications Manager, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group
Neighbours, “and we’re encouraging people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to reach out to someone nearby as small gestures could make a huge difference.”

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Winter is coming to Leeds…

Today Leeds City Council has published plans to fight the climate emergency and work towards becoming a carbon-neutral city.  Dr. Paola Sakai, UKRI Research and Innovation Fellow, University of Leeds, talks about what it means for Leeds and if there is anything we can do to help.

“Winter is here: the days are chilly and nights are longer. We wrap up and try to stay cosy. Time to get the scarves and gloves out, and warm up with the thoughts of Christmas. Bring out your brolly too, as it might rain. Actually, it has been raining quite a lot lately, now that I think of it… Continue reading

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Top tips for staying well in Leeds this winter

Winter has already started so here are lots of tips to make sure you give yourself, family and neighbours the best chance to stay warm and healthy throughout the season.

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The first Digital Health Hub in Leeds launched

Leeds Libraries have partnered with Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours Scheme CIO to launch the first Digital Health Hub in Leeds after receiving funding from the Good Things Foundation.

This will enable Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours Scheme to embed digital support and resources into their already successful programme of activity. Support ranges from contacting friends and family over Skype, ordering repeat prescriptions, making a GP appointment online as well as using the NHS app to self –manage their long-term health conditions.

Rachel Benn, Digital Inclusion Coordinator for Leeds Libraries’ 100% Digital Leeds programme tells us what else is happening. Continue reading

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Are you eligible for a free NHS Health Check?

Although we’re legally required to MOT our cars and vehicles every year, there is no such requirement for our bodies.  And yet, for adults aged between 40 and 74 there is a way to do that.

An NHS Health Check is free of charge and available to adults without pre-existing cardiovascular conditions.  It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia as well as reducing the risk of developing these conditions by helping people take preventative steps.

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Type 2 diabetes, know your risks?

It’s National Diabetes Awareness day on 14 November and what with the rise in obesity, no-sugar diets in the news and worries about what to do here is something you can do that only takes a couple of minutes.

Find out if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You can do this by visiting http://www.diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk.

Then read about Shirley Rose from Leeds she found out she was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes following a blood test carried out as part of an NHS Health Check at her GP practice. So what did Shirley do next? Continue reading

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How to stay well this winter ? Get a flu jab

We’ve had a bit of a cold snap in the last couple of days, sunny days becoming frosty nights, it’s time to get out jumpers and fleecy tops. The flu season is upon us and some  may well have already started sneezing and coughing.  What can you do to protect yourself, your family, workmates and possibly the vulnerable people you work with?

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health innovations in recent history and no other medical intervention has done more to save lives. The flu vaccine has been proved to reduce the number of deaths and hospital admissions. Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you getting the flu. It’s not difficult to get a flu jab you can even get one while you’re doing your weekly shop in a supermarket so why are we all so reluctant? Read on to find out the answers to some common queries about the flu jab.

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