Registering a death

Registering a death must be done through the local registrar and appointments can be booked on-line via www.coventry.gov.uk/registeradeath

Loosing a loved one is a difficult time no matter what the circumstances.

Having to deal with all the arrangements can be daunting but there is help available. The government have a useful webpage on what to do when someone dies.

A death must be registered within 5 days in England and requires a death certificate from the GP or hospital doctor.

The registrar can then provide you with a ‘Tell us Once‘ reference number so that you can inform the local council and central government including the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) all at once without having to send out copies of the death certificate.

Do you know someone who has diabetes?

Finger prick glucose test

The CCG in partnership with South Warwickshire Foundation Trust is hosting a Diabetes Education Peer Group Event on 27th February 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. This event is aimed at new and existing diabetes patients who wish to learn more about the condition or share their experiences. A podiatrist, dietician and nurse will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about diabetes care. Take advantage of the opportunity of meeting a multidisciplinary team to assist you with self-care.

The event will take place at:

Wolston Village Hall, 72 Main Street Wolston, Rugby, CV8 3HJ

Refreshments and free onsite parking will be available during the event.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:

Alison Flynn (alison.flynn@coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk – Tel: 024 76 246131)
Michelle Park (michelle.park@coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk – Tel: 024 76 246169)

Cancer Awareness Month

February is Cancer awareness month and 4.2.17 is World Cancer Day.

Cancer doesn’t just affect the individual, it pervades the lives of those who care for them.
Whether its signing up for a charity run for the local hospice, doing a cake sale, or making time for someone who’s been affected… Why not do something special this month?

Raise your awareness… some facts about cancer:

Cancer is not one condition. There are over 100 types and it can affect any part of the body.

The commonest cancers in men are prostate, lung and bowel. In women its breast, lung and bowel.

Genetics can be relevant to some cancers but for many it plays only a small role.

Your immune system isn’t just for fighting off infections. It recognises all things in the body that are “not right”. A healthy immune system is important as it can find abnormal cells and destroy them before they make a cancer.

40% of cancers in the UK are believed to be preventable (CancerResearchUK). Factors that you have power over include: Smoking; being overweight; alcohol; exercise; food choices; and sun exposure. Some things are less easy to control including: pollution; infections (e.g hepatitisB, HPV); hormones; and work-related factors (chemical dyes, night shifts).

Sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week 6-12th February

With February comes Valentines day. A time traditionally for telling the one you love how you feel. Sadly not everyone is made to feel cherished by their loved ones.

#itsnotokay is the hashtag for joining the social media discussion about sexual abuse & violence.

Every year in England and Wales, nearly half a million adults are sexually assaulted, with approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men being raped.

90% of people are victims of people they know.

Only 15% of victim of sexual violence report the crime to the police. The low conviction rate of only 5.7% of reported cases is often quoted as a key reason.

The long term effects on a victims health can be devastating including self-harm, suicide, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and sexually transmitted infections. If you need help with any of these issues, seeing your GP can be a good place to start. Be it for medical treatment or just support and signposting to other sources of advice, sharing can be a positive first step.

CRASAC is the local coventry centre for victims of sexual abuse. They provide confidential information and support for female and males from the age of 5 years old. If you have been affected or would like more information, visit their website crasac.org.uk