Please review and correct the information below.

Long Term Conditions

About

About 15 million people in England have a long-term condition. Long-term conditions or chronic diseases are conditions for which there is currently no cure, and which are managed with drugs and other treatment, for example: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis and hypertension.

People with long-term conditions now account for about 50 per cent of all GP appointments, 64 per cent of all outpatient appointments and over 70 per cent of all inpatient bed days.


Dementia


Healthwatch York has produced a Dementia Guide with information about what’s out there for people with dementia. This guide provides information and advice to help people:

  • Find out more about dementia
  • Find organisations that can provide advice, help, support and social activities.
  • Hear about how York is becoming more dementia friendly.

NHS Choices provides information about dementia and why it is important to get a diagnosis as well as:

  • Dementia Forward support people in the Ripon and Harrogate district, York and The Vale.
  • They provide a number of services and different avenues of support and information to anyone who is interested in dementia, whether they have received a diagnosis, have concerns about their memory, support someone with memory problems, work in dementia care or just want to know more!

    Tel: 01904 692473 or Email: help@dementiaforward.org.uk

Demetia Yorkshire is primarily focused on reducing isolation and providing a fun, safe environment for people to socialise. Each session is based around a theme, such as the 1960's, 1970's, A day at the Seaside or Sports Day to name a few.

  • Alzheimer’s Society provides information and advice as well as funds research. They provide at  National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122 and have a number of local activities.
  • Age UK York - a range of support, advice and information for older people in York. Tel: 01904 627995

City of York Council website details how York is working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly City

York Dementia Action Alliance aims to raise awareness, tackle stigma and become a hub for communication and improvements

York Directory of Mental Health contains further information about dementia.

The Alzheimer's Association is a voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Other useful websites include Dementia UK and Dementia and the Herbert Protocol

For local Alzheimer’s  groups, cafe’s, activities  or ones for older people then please check  our community activities directory.

 

Cancer

Prevention and National Cancer Screening Programmes

Cervical Screening

A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina.  Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer.

Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 in England because of the benefits of screening, including finding abnormal cells early so they can be treated quickly. Women who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for cervical screening.

This includes women who have had the HPV vaccination, as the vaccine doesn't protect against all types of HPV linked to cervical cancer so it doesn't guarantee complete protection against cervical cancer.

Deciding whether or not to have a screening test is your choice. To help you decide, you can also read the NHS Cervical Screening leaflet (PDF, 453kb).

Bowel Cancer Screening.

Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime.

Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it's easier to treat. It can also be used to help check for and remove small growths in the bowel called polyps  which can turn into cancer over time. All men and women aged 60 to 74 who are registered with a GP in England are automatically sent a bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years.

Make sure your GP has the correct address so your kit is posted to the right place.

If you're 75 or over, you can ask for a kit every 2 years by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

Breast Cancer Screening.

About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. If it's detected early, treatment is more successful and there's a good chance of recovery.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they're too small to see or feel.

As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged 50 to 70 and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years.

Cancer support organisations

Sometimes a diagnosis of lung cancer can make you feel alone and afraid. Getting to know other people who have similar experiences can be helpful. One of the ways the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation do this is by running support groups for people with lung cancer.

At Macmillan, they know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So they will help you find your best way through. From advice about money and work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’re here when you need us most. There are a range of practical help and support groups in and around York.

Cancer Research UK carry out a number of roles including  funding scientists, doctors and nurses to help beet cancer sooner and provide information to the public.

York Against Cancer is a local charity helping local people affected by cancer. They  provide care and support for patients and their families in York and North Yorkshire, fund pioneering cancer research and provide cancer awareness education and information.

 

Stroke

The York Stroke Association offers information, advice and guidance for stroke survivors and carers

For a local contact as well as My Stroke Guide – York  then please use the link provided.

Speakability Self-Help Groups are run in York by and for people with Aphasia - language-loss following stroke, head injury or other neurological condition

Parkinson's

Parkinson’s UK has around 365 local groups across the UK. For details of the York group visit the Parkinson’s UK website

Diabetes

Diabetes UK has a range of support, advice and guidance about the different types of diabetes. For more information visit the Diabetes UK – York group website.

York Teaching Hospital also provides useful information regarding the diabetes services in our area, latest news and events and links to useful resources including their unique patient forum. This site is intended to compliment information provided directly by the diabetes teams and is for use by both patients and healthcare professionals. The diabetes staff at York Hospital and the Vale of York CCG have collaborated to produce this new website, which will be developed and updated regularly - please visit often!  

Heart Conditions

The British Heart Foundation aims to win the fight against cardiovascular disease with a vision of a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from cardiovascular disease. Further information is available from the British Heart Foundation website

York Coronary Support Group Trust provides support as well as exercise classes, to cardiac patients and their families following the patient’s illness and release from hospital.

Lung Conditions

British Lung Foundation has been researching lung conditions for 30 years, help people affected by lung conditions and campaigns for positive change in the UK’s lung health. They offer a Breathe Easy York Support Group on a monthly basis.

Sometimes a diagnosis of lung cancer can make you feel alone and afraid. Getting to know other people who have similar experiences can be helpful. One of the ways Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation try and do this is by running support groups for people with lung cancer. Including a group in York.

Multiple Sclerosis

The MS Society has a York branch that offers information, advice about Multiple Sclerosis (MS). For further information visit the MS Society York branch website. They also provide Cafe Neuro York which is group for anyone with a neurological condition, people with and affected by Parkinson’s Disease, MS, Huntington’s and Acquired Brain Injury, or someone who knows someone who does

Arthritis

Arthritis Care provides support and services for people with arthritis in England. They provide them, their families and friends with support, understanding, information and expertise so that they can cope with the impact of the condition and get the most out of life. There is not a branch in York however there are branches in Harrogate and Leeds.

York Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group aims to provide support and information to Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers and their carers in York and the surrounding area. Interested professionals are also welcome.

They meet on the second Saturday of each month (except for January), 2pm-4pm, at the Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory St. (off Micklegate), York. The centre is fully accessible and there are a few parking spaces.

For further information, please contact Susan Blore:

Phone: 01904 642227
 Email: susan@yorkra.org




Last reviewed: 28/08/2018

Live Well York is supported by

While every care has been taken in the compilation of this information, neither City of York Council, its partners or Public Consulting Group will be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using the site and any inaccuracies/errors within these pages.