Mouth Cancer Awareness Month November

November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month.

Around 8,300 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK, which is about 1 in every 50 cancers diagnosed.

Symptoms of mouth cancer
The symptoms of mouth cancer include:

  • mouth ulcers that are painful and do not heal within several weeks
  • unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth or the neck that do not go away
  • unexplained loose teeth or sockets that do not heal after extractions
  • unexplained, persistent numbness or an odd feeling on the lip or tongue
  • sometimes, white or red patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue These can be early signs of cancer, so they should also be checked
  • changes in speech, such as a lisp

See a GP or dentist if these symptoms do not get better within 3 weeks, particularly if you drink or smoke.

Preventing mouth cancer

The  most effective ways of preventing mouth cancer from happening, or stopping it from coming back after successful treatment, are:

  • Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks.
  • Don’t ignore any unusual lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth.
  • Regularly check your own mouth, lips, cheeks, head and neck for anything out of the ordinary.
  • Not smoking or using tobacco in other ways, such as not chewing tobacco
  • Ensuring you do not drink more than the recommended weekly guideline for alcohol
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes fresh vegetables (particularly tomatoes), citrus fruits, olive oil and fish

It’s also important that you have regular dental check-ups. A dentist can often spot the early stages of mouth cancer.

Find out more about how to find an NHS dentist.

 

New Virtual Services from Carers Wales – “Care for a Cuppa” and “Me Time”

Care for a Cuppa: Carers Wales are now conducting weekly online chats and advice forums using Zoom. Each weekly chat is a 2 hour window for carers in Wales to drop in at any time during the session for help and advice or just a chat. More information can be found here
Me Time: Fun virtual activities for Carers to take part in to give them an opportunity to enjoy activities they are usually restricted from doing. Sessions taking place throughout the week on a regular basis and will include bingo, singing, art and mindfulness. More information can be found here

Information for Patients Awaiting 1st COVID Vaccination

GP surgeries in Gwent have now met their first COVID vaccination quota and will no longer be performing first vaccinations. If you received your first vaccination with us, please be assured you will be called for your second vaccination with us within due course.

For patients who have not yet received their first vaccination, please note this will be conducted by the health board and not Bellevue Group Practice. Patients will be sent a letter or a text from the health board with an appointment at one of the local Mass Vaccination Centres.

Please contact the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s vaccination line on 0300 303 1373 for any queries. Bellevue Group Practice is unable to provide any further information to those awaiting their first vaccinations.

ABUHB’s Spotlight On…. Maternity Services

Last month Anuerin Bevan set their spotlight on their maternity services.

Throughout the month of May, ABUHB’s social media focused on informing their followers how the maternity services work across the whole of the health board. The following newsletter summarises the information they have shared during this month’s spotlight.

You can read the online version of this newsletter here

Mind website Coronavirus Support

Mind’s website now has a huge dedicated section of support, information and resources for anyone looking for a place to turn to during the pandemic. From managing anxiety, work, grief, and teenage mental health needs in these current times, Mind has got everything covered in this new information hub. Click here to find out more.

Free educational Programmes for patients with Diabetes,Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain

All courses are 7 weeks and last for 1.5 hours and include an introductory session to explain how the course works and the zoom features.

Each course comes with a comprehensive Resource pack, they are fully interactive and the Pain courses also include a DVD which is a Moving Easy Programme, this is a Tai Chi style gentle flexibility program of 26 moves.

  • Living with Diabetes 21st October 10:30
  • Fibromyalgia Specific course 4th November 1 pm
  • Living with Chronic Pain Tuesday 3rd at 1pm

Drop-in Vaccination Clinic for all over-18s – Saturday 26th June at Newport Centre

Drop-in Vaccination Clinic for all over-18s – 10am-4pm Saturday 26th June, Newport Centre

Any adult who hasn’t yet received their first dose of the Covid-19 Vaccination will be able to drop in to the Mass Vaccination Centre at Newport Centre on Saturday 26th June between 10am and 4pm.

This walk-in clinic is available for first doses only and is open to anyone aged 18 years and above. No appointment is necessary,however you will need to bring ID.