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Tredegar Health Centre

01495 722530

General Health Information

Smoke Free – NHS choices

Information  and advice on stopping smoking

http://smokefree.nhs.uk/

Cancer Rearch UK

Cancer Research UK provides a patient  information  service. This can be accesed via their  website: Cancer Help & Advice ,  on line chat: cancerchat.org.uk and nurse helpline: 0808 800 4040

Individual Health Record

The Individual Health Record (IHR) is part of the NHS Wales initiative to make a summary of important medical information from your GP records available to medical staff delivering urgent care outside surgery hours. Only factual information that may be relevant to an emergency or urgent situation will be shared. In the absence of an IHR, medical staff providing out of hours treatment or advice have only the information that you are able to provide, which may reduce the care you are given.

If you wish to learn more about IHR or if you wish  to opt out of the IHR, please speak to a member of staff.

Looking after someone who is ill, frail or disabled

If you look after some one who is ill, frail or disabled you are a carer. Many  individuals don’t get the support they need because they don’t recognise the caring role they have.

If your husband, wife, partner, parent, child or friend cannot manage without your support, there is help available for you.

Please ask at the reception for a Carer’s Assessment Form or contact the following organisation for more information

Blaenau Gwent

Telephone: 01495 315700.

Website:  www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013

The Human Transplantation (Wales) Act will fully come into effect on 1st December 2015. Until then the current opt-in system will remain in place. The deemed consent system will not apply until  1st Decemebr 2015.

In 2015 under the new system, you will be able to choose:

  • TO DO NOTHING – this means your consent could be deemed to be given
  • TO OPT IN – this means you can register your decision to be a donor
  • TO OPT OUT – this means you can register a decision NOT to be a donor

To register as a donor

online:  http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Tel:      0300 123 2323

Text:    62323

For more information telephone: 01495 712060 or Visit www.communities1st.co.uk

Pheonix Projct/MIND

Provide a number of services such as a Drop in service, Floating support, Supported Housing, Volunteering Opportunities and Training

For more information please contact:

Tel: 01495 757 393
E-mail: reception@torfaenmind.co.uk

Meningitis

Meningitis and septicaemia can kill in hours. Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Septicaemia is the blood poisoning form of the disease. The two forms of the disease have different symptoms. People who recover from meningitis and septicaemia may be left with a range of after effects that dramatically alter their lives. Meningitis is usually bacterial or viral, and occasionally is due to fungal infections, although almost any microbe can cause it. Viral meningitis can be very unpleasant but it is almost never life threatening and most people quickly make a full recovery. Bacterial meningitis is more serious and can be caused by a range of different bacteria. Most cases in the UK and Ireland are caused by meningococcal bacteria. Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis, septicaemia or both. Most people who get the disease have some symptoms of both meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia; together these two forms of the disease are known as meningococcal disease. Septicaemia is the more life threatening form of the disease and is more dangerous when there are no signs of meningitis. Other major forms of bacterial meningitis are: Pneumococcal Haemophilus infuenzae b (Hib – See more at:http://www.meningitis.org/disease-info/what-are-meningitis-septicaemia#sthash.FqMSCExP.dpuf

The following link provides information on some presenting symptoms:

http://www.meningitis.org/symptoms