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Health | Taking control of your health

If YOU have a health problem and you want a scan of some description, did you know you can self refer in some clinics across the country?
Waiting for a diagnosis can be the worst thing in the world, but waiting for an appointment can be even more frustrating.
Not everyone has private medical care, but as a one off, and for peace of mind, you can self refer and pay for your treatment at the time of your appointment.
With some illnesses, early diagnosis is crucial in order for you to have the best chance of recovery. This way you will feel more in control of your treatment plan and choices on your road to wellness!
In the morning, when I am making the children’s lunch boxes for school, I always put breakfast TV on in my kitchen to catch up on the news and generally what’s going on in the world.
This week there was a particular story that caught my attention. There was a lovely lady being interviewed, who was about 25 years old. She had symptoms of stomach issues and was originally diagnosed with IBS. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) A few months later her pain and discomfort was worsening, so she went back to the doctors and spent the next few weeks waiting for a scan.
Several weeks later, shockingly, she was told she had ovarian cancer and needed immediate treatment. No one will ever know, that if she had had a scan several weeks previously, would she have avoided so much pain and stress of not knowing what was wrong with her?
Luckily she is on the road to recovery now and her prognosis is good, but many people like her are not so lucky.
She had all the symptoms of ovarian cancer too, such as swollen stomach, lower pelvic and back pain, bladder discomfort and nausea, but it had not crossed her mind that this disease could even be a possibility in someone as young as her.
To me, it’s always about taking your health into your own hands. Sadly, gone are the days when you see the same GP every time you visit your doctors surgery. Those ‘family’ doctors who would have known everything about you, your children, your parents and your grandparents are few and far between.
So if you feel there is something wrong with your health and you have concerns, ask what your options are. Ask if there is any alternative route to your diagnosis, other than waiting six weeks for your appointment to be arranged.
Or do your own research and see where you can self refer in your local area. In Cosham high street, near Portsmouth, there is a clinic that does exactly this and its called, ‘Ultra sound Direct’.
Please don’t think these scans are just for women either. Only 7% of their patients are men, and this is something they would like to see increase.
Men face just as many health challenges as women, and for as little as £99 you can get most parts of the body scanned and checked.
There are ‘Well woman’ and ‘Well Men’ packages available, blood tests, fertility tests, post menopause tests, upper abdominal scans, Kidneys, ureters and bladder scans.
There is Vascular screening for stroke risk evaluation and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and a full range of private ultrasound scans for men such as abdominal scans, kidneys, ureters & prostate scans, vascular screening etc. The list goes on and on.
You cannot put a price on your health, and peace of mind. Early detection is essential.
For more information please contact:
56C High Street,
Or call: 02392 382025
Denise Kelly is a passionate and motivated ‘health expert/nutritionist’. Her company is called DK – The Wellbeing company and represents all things health and fitness.
Denise also runs a juice company ‘Juice It’ that makes and delivers healthy juices and smoothies. She is involved with motivational talks, conferences and corporate events regarding health all over the world and believes that knowledge is power and, ultimately, health is your only wealth!
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