After a long very wet winter spring seems to be on its way, the leaves are coming out and exams for many are around the corner,–too late for some, too soon for others! Good luck to all of you who are writing matric and further exams in the next few months.
If you have an allergy problem be prepared for the rising pollen count and spring hay fever and possible worsening of asthma. This is especially so if you are going out into the countryside. Make sure that you have a supply of your regular medication. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure of what you need.
BITTEN BY THE TRAVEL BUG?
If you are planning a summer trip to other parts of Africa, or in fact to any other country, give some thought to travel medication. Not only do many people pick up chest infections on long-haul air flights, you may be exposed to unusual germs (to which you have little immunity) when you get there.
Travelers’ diarrhoea is common problem for those heading north and east, and in Africa, malaria is an important risk in the summer.
The African type of malaria is common, severe, and can be fatal. The newer medicines to prevent malaria are effective and have relatively low side effects. If you are travelling in a malarial area please ensure that you are taking a suitable preventative medicine before you start your trip. These medicines may not be inexpensive but they may save your life. Discuss a suitable travel medical kit with your doctor.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
October is global breast cancer awareness month. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in all urbanized women from all ethnic backgrounds and the trend is increasing in younger women.
Women at particular risk are those with a previous breast cancer and those with a strong family history of breast cancer especially at a younger age. There is a definite increased risk in women who are overweight—a good reason to shed those extra kilos that you put on over the winter!
A clinical examination and screening mammogram, especially in the 50 plus age group, will detect most tumours. Mammograms are less accurate in younger women but may be recommended in those at higher risk. Most medical aids will pay for this.
Importantly, the cure rate for breast cancer detected at an early stage is very good and with breast reconstruction the cosmetic results are excellent.
Please see our website for further information. www.bramptonpractice.co.za
Kindly keep us up to date with any changes to your email or physical address.
AFTER HOURS SERVICE
A Doctor will be on duty at the surgery on Sunday mornings and public holidays from 09.30am until 11.30am. Please call our emergency number 021 –7126699 to arrange a consultation. An afterhours fee will apply.
At other times we recommend that you make use of the emergency units at the Constantiaberg, Claremont or Vincent Pallotti hospitals.
Useful phone numbers. (Keep the important ones on your phone)
Practice 021 6834300
Accounts 021 6834307
After hours 021 7126699
Claremont Hospital 021 67043000
Constantiaberg Hospital 021 7992911
Vincent Pallotti Hospital 021 5065111
Ambulance Service. ER24. 084 124 Netcare 082 911
Council for medical schemes 086 1123267 (for complaints regarding medical aids)
With best wishes for the summer.
Brampton Family Practice