NationWide Pharmacies Blog Articles – NHS & Awareness Campaigns

World Thrombosis Day 2017

Friday, Oct 13, 2017

World Thrombosis Day (WTD) is recognised every year on the 13th of October and focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood condition of thrombosis so hundreds of educational events occur in countries around the world. The key objectives of the campaign involve increasing global awareness of thrombosis including the causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms, with prevention and treatments available to prevent this condition.
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World Mental Health Day 2017

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

This year World Mental Health Day will be hosted on Tuesday 10th October 2017 and the primary aim is to raise awareness about mental health issues and help support mental health. The main theme is based on workplace wellbeing. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Mental health affects how we think, feel and act and also helps to determine how we handle stress, relate to others, how we make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood to adulthood.
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OCD Awareness Week 2017

Monday, Oct 09, 2017

OCD Awareness Week is a global effort to raise awareness about OCD. This year it will take place on the 9th October 2017- 15th October 2017 and the key purpose is to help raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder, helping more people to get timely access to appropriate resources and effective treatment.
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National Personal Safety Day 2017

Saturday, Oct 07, 2017

National Personal Safety Day will be held this year on Saturday 7th October 2017 and is an annual event. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of simple ways to keep safe and avoid violence helping others to feel more confident and safe. This is organised by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust and what they do is highlight practical ways that anyone can avoid violence and aggression, so they can live safer, more confident lives.
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Stoptober

Monday, Oct 02, 2017

Stoptober lasts for a period of 28 days (4 weeks) and is a long running event held each October during which participants are encouraged to stop smoking. The key purpose of this event is to reduce the number of smokers also to encourage participants not to smoke during that 28 day period. As a result, hoping that people give up smoking permanently due to the bad impacts it has on your health and well-being (mental and physical).
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Go Sober for October

Sunday, Oct 01, 2017

Go Sober for October is a fundraising campaign aimed at challenging social drinkers to change their habits for a month and make some healthier lifestyle changes. The purpose of Sober for October is to encourage people to drink alcohol responsibly and stick to the recommended daily guidelines for the rest of the year. Go Sober for October involves 31 days without alcohol and instead of wasting money on buying alcohol you end up raising money for people living with cancer they partner with Macmillan Cancer Support for a positive cause in helping others suffering from cancer.
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Jeans For Genes Day 2017

Friday, Sep 22, 2017

There are between 4000 to 6000 diagnosed genetic disorders. It is estimated that 1 in 25 children are affected by a genetic disorder and therefore 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year. Jeans for Genes Day is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder.
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Know Your Numbers Week

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

Although know your numbers week is mainly based around blood pressure raising awareness of high blood pressure. We have decided to put together a blog based on the following body temperature, respiration rate, cholesterol levels, and pulse rates which are vital sign numbers that are also important to keep an eye on and check regularly to ensure your body is functioning correctly.

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National Eye Health Week

Monday, Sep 18, 2017

National eye health week is about raising awareness which takes place this year from Monday 18TH September 2017 until Sunday 24TH September 2017 promoting and educating people about the importance of eye health. This will be the seventh annual National Eye Health Week. The main aim of National Eye Health Week is to create a community that is free from the impact of sight loss.There are currently over 2 million people living in the UK who live with sight loss, which has a significant impact on their daily lives. It is predicted that by 2030 the number will increase to over 2.7 million people.

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An article by Richard Vize published in the Guardian on Friday September 8th 2017, makes some interesting statements regarding the adoption (or lack of it) in NHS and primary healthcare. Vize commentates on the UK wide inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who have vowed inspect all online pharmacies by the end of the calendar year. So far, the reports have been heavily focused around the technology being used by healthcare industry players and how technology can be better utilised to improve the safety of healthcare services in the UK.
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