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GO GREEN- WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

World Environment Day!

In commemoration of World Environment Day which was observed on June 5th,go green

 we must always remember  that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.

In light of this celebration of World Environment Day, St. Augustine Private Hospital is pleased to announce that we have embarked on a “Go Green” initiative aimed at preserving and protecting our environment. Join the fight to make the world a better place!

Let us always remember the 3 key points “REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE

 

 

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Happy International Women’s Day!!!

Happy International Women’s Day!!!

Today is your day! Give yourself the gift of health and peace of mind!

Treat yourself to a full Executive Medical package designed to provide you with an overall assessment of your health. The program was designed to provide early detection of medical risk factors and to proPrintmote overall health and wellness.

Our comprehensive health assessment package includes the following:

Medical History/Physical

A detailed history and physical examination will be performed by our attending Physician to determine your overall physical health.

Comprehensive Laboratory Tests

Our full range of Laboratory Tests are carried out by an accredited Medical Laboratory.

Cardiac Health Evaluation

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This commonly used test allows your doctor to see how your heart is beating and pumping blood. Your doctor can use the images from an echocardiogram to identify various abnormalities in the heart muscle and valves.

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Chest X-Ray

Chest X-rays produce images of your heart, lungs, blood vessels, airways, and the bones of your chest and spine. Chest X-rays can also reveal fluid in or around your lungs or air surrounding a lung. The image helps your doctor determine whether you have heart problems, a collapsed lung, pneumonia, broken ribs, emphysema, cancer or any of several other conditions.

Women’s Health

Pap Smear & Mammograms

A pap test is a screening procedure to detect cervical cancer.

Mammograms are usually recommended for women 40 years and over.

Contact us today at 663-7274 or 285-7274 to schedule your Executive Medical.

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The aim of the month to help women understand breast cancer and the importance of screening for early detection to prevent serious illness.

Understanding Breast Cancer

Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body.  Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.

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What causes cancer to develop?

Cancer begins in the cells which are the basic building blocks that make up tissue. Tissue is found in the breast and other parts of the body.  Sometimes, the process of cell growth goes wrong and new cells form when the body doesn’t need them and old or damaged cells do not die as they should.  When this occurs, a buildup of cells often forms a mass of tissue called a lump, growth, or tumor.

Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors develop in the breast.  These cells can spread by breaking away from the original tumor and entering blood vessels or lymph vessels, which branch into tissues throughout the body. When cancer cells travel to other parts of the body and begin damaging other tissues and organs, the process is called metastasis.

Early Detection –Signs & Symptoms Digital-Mammography

Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional.

Most people who have breast cancer symptoms and signs will initially notice only one or two, and the presence of these symptoms and signs do not automatically mean that you have breast cancer.

By performing monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breast.  Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if you notice anything unusual.

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Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes.

How should a breast self-exam be performed?

1) In the Shower 

Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

2) In Front of a Mirror 

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3) Lying Down

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

Mammogram

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Screening mammograms are routinely administered to detect breast cancer in women who have no apparent symptoms. Diagnostic mammograms are used after suspicious results on a screening mammogram or after some signs of breast cancer alert the physician to check the tissue.

Such signs may include:

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  • Breast pain
  • Nipple discharge
  • Thickening of skin on the breast
  • Changes in the size or shape of the breast

Recommendations for all women:

  • Women 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years.
  • Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their healthcare professional whether mammograms are advisable and how often to have them.

Even women who have no symptoms and no known risks for breast cancer should have regularly scheduled mammograms to help detect potential breast cancer at the earliest possible time.

What happens if my mammogram results are abnormal?

If the mammogram shows an abnormal area of the breast, your doctor will order additional tests offering clearer, more detailed images of that area.

Although lumps are usually non-cancerous, the only way to be certain is to perform additional tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI. If further tests show that the mass is solid, your radiologist may recommend a biopsy, a procedure in which cells are removed from a suspicious area to check for the presence of cancer.

Get a Mammogram….Give a Mammogram today!!!

Let’s join the fight against Cancer!

Call St. Augustine Private Hospital at 663-7274 or 285-7274 to schedule your Mammogram today!

Ask about our other Cancer screening tests available.

Early detection is your best protection against Cancer!

 

CANCER TESTS

 

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Walk for the Cure

ciSt. Augustine Private Hospital is a proud Gold Sponsor of the 5th Annual CIBC Walk For The Cure initiative which will be held on Sunday 2nd October, 2016 from the Queen’s Park Savannah (opposite TGIF) from 3:00pm.

Walk for the Cure was established to raise funds for the care and support of those affected by cancer in the Caribbean. Cancer is a disease that has affected us all at some stage, either personally, or through a relative or friend. We never know when or where the disease will strike. Cancer is an expensive disease to fight – those living with the disease need and deserve all the support we can give.

Come out in your numbers and support the fight against cancer! Your participation can help make a difference in a life affected by this disease.

For more info please see the link below: –

https://www.cibc.com/fcib/about-us/community-relations/walk-for-the-cure.html

 

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World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August, 2016

World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August, 2016

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.

Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.

WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.

This year, WHO is encouraging people to “Support mums to breastfeed anytime, anywhere,” as all of society has a role to play in making our communities more breastfeeding-friendly.

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Breastfeeding tips for new moms

We hope you’ve decided to at least try breastfeeding. Even if you only nurse your baby for a few days or weeks, that early milk, called colostrum, provides an important source of antibodies to protect against disease as Baby’s own immune system develops during the first year.

But did you know that breastfeeding benefits you, too?

  • It helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces post-delivery bleeding.
  • It makes it easier to lose those pregnancy pounds (you burn up to 500 extra calories a day nursing).
  • It may reduce your risk of postpartum depression and breast and ovarian cancer.
  • It can delay the return of your period (although you should still use some form of birth control when you resume intercourse).
  • It saves money (no formula).

Breastfeeding is a learned process; none of us are born knowing how to do it. To improve your chance of success:

  • Try to breastfeed within the first hour of birth. This helps your uterus contract and provides that valuable colostrum. Also ask to have Baby room in with you at the hospital so you can feed on demand.
  • Have a nurse or lactation consultant check how Baby latches on while you’re still in the hospital. While it might be uncomfortable when Baby latches on, it shouldn’t be painful. If it hurts badly enough to make you grimace every time, then you may not have the right position.
  • Prepare for your milk to come in. This occurs on about the third or fourth day after birth. You’ll know it’s happened because your breasts suddenly increase several cup sizes! Speaking of which, make sure you have several well-fitting nursing bras, and don’t forget to pack one in your hospital bag.
  • Plan to breastfeed about eight to 12 times in every 24-hour period. Your baby is good at giving hunger signals: rooting around searching for your nipple; putting his hand in his mouth; and looking increasingly alert. Always feed on demand.
  • Try not to introduce a bottle or other nipples, including pacifiers, until breastfeeding is well established. The thrusting motion required to nurse is different from that required to suck a nipple, and Baby could get confused.
  •  Stay hydrated to ensure your body can make enough milk. A good idea is to sip from a glass of water when nursing.
  • Nurse in a calm environment to help your milk let down. After a while, all it will take for your milk to let down is unhooking your bra for your baby, or even just hearing any infant cry.

Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Here are the most common breastfeeding-related problems and how you can avoid them:

  1. Sore and cracked nipples. Check the position of the baby when she latches on; smooth lanolin over your nipples after each nursing session; and let your nipples air dry after each nursing session. Also, alternate which breast you start on for each session. Put a safety pin or plastic bracelet on your wrist on the side of your bra that was just used to help you remember. And limit nursing to 5 to 10 minutes on each side initially until your nipples toughen up (just a few days). You should also not hear any clicking or sucking sound. If you do, the baby isn’t positioned right. Bring Baby closer to you, and hold his head firmly so his mouth covers as much of the areola as possible.
  2. Engorgement (overly full breasts) or blocked milk duct. Warm compresses, letting warm water run over your breasts in the shower, or laying cabbage leaves on your breasts can help relieve some of the pressure. You can also try pumping some milk between feedings.
  3. Mastitis or breast infection. If you feel like you have the flu and one breast is red, hot and sore, you probably have mastitis. You’ll likely need an antibiotic to clear up the infection. In the meantime, keep nursing and/or pumping on that side as much as you can, even though it hurts. To prevent mastitis, make sure you empty your breasts regularly. If you do take antibiotics, add a probiotic (good bacteria such as lactobacillus) supplement, or eat a container of live culture yogurt every day, to help prevent the next complication: thrush.
  1. Thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection that can form on the breast and be passed between your breast and the baby’s mouth. Overly moist breasts, sore or cracked nipples, following a diet high in sugar or yeasty foods or taking antibiotics, birth control pills or steroids can all throw your body’s natural yeast levels out of control and lead to thrush. Symptoms are very sore nipples, achy or painful breasts or pink, flaky, shiny, itchy or cracked nipples.
  1. Your baby may have little white spots in her mouth, or a diaper rash that won’t heal. You will need to treat both your breasts and the baby’s mouth with a prescription antifungal or with the over-the-counter antifungal gentian violet. To prevent thrush, air-dry your nipples, use nipple pads in your bra, wear a clean bra every day, and reduce the amount of sugar and yeasty products in your diet.
  1. Increasing Milk Supply

Breastfeeding is a basic supply-and-demand activity. The more you nurse, the more milk your body makes. So when your baby goes through a growth spurt and seems to be nursing all the time, keep in mind she’s signalling your body to up the milk production for her new nutritional needs.

 

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MOBILE APP- ST.AUGUSTINE PRIVATE HOSPITAL

MOBILE APP

MOBILE APP

Great News! Our mobile application is available for download on Android and Apple mobile devices. Please visit the play store and search for St. Augustine Private Hospital or SAPHTT. Download the application to keep abreast of updates and interact with us.

Patients who downloaded our mobile app will be offered a 5% discount on hospital services for a selected period.

For further information please contact us at 663-7274 or 285-7274

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First Aid: Minor Cuts and Scrapes

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Minor cuts and scrapes usually don’t require a trip to the emergency room. These guidelines can help you care for such wounds:

1.      Wash your hands. This helps avoid infection. Also put on disposable protective gloves if they’re available.

2.      Stop the bleeding. Minor cuts and scrapes usually stop bleeding on their own. If not, apply gentle pressure with a sterile bandage or clean cloth and elevate the wound.

3.      Clean the wound. Use clear water to rinse the wound. Also clean around the wound with soap and a washcloth. Keep soap out of the wound, as it can cause irritation. If dirt or debris remains in the wound after washing, use tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove the particles. If debris still remains, see your doctor. Thorough cleaning reduces the risk of infection and tetanus. There’s no need to use hydrogen peroxide, iodine or an iodine-containing cleanser, which can be irritating to tissue already injured.

4.      Apply an antibiotic. Apply a thin layer of an antibiotic cream or ointment to help keep the surface moist. These products don’t make the wound heal faster. But they can discourage infection and help the body’s natural healing process. Certain ingredients in some ointments can cause a mild rash in some people. If a rash appears, stop using the ointment.

5.      Cover the wound. Bandages can help keep the wound clean and keep harmful bacteria out. If the injury is just a minor scrape, or scratch, leave it uncovered.

6.      Change the dressing. Do this at least once a day or whenever the bandage becomes wet or dirty. If the injured person is allergic to the adhesive in tapes and bandages, switch to adhesive-free dressings or sterile gauze held in place with paper tape, rolled gauze or a loosely applied elastic bandage. These supplies generally are available at pharmacies. After the wound has healed enough to make infection unlikely, you can leave it uncovered, as exposure to the air will speed healing.

7.      Get stitches for deep wounds. A deep — all the way through the skin — gaping or jagged wound with exposed fat or muscle will need stitches. Adhesive strips or butterfly tape may hold a minor cut together, but if you can’t easily close the wound, visit the St. Augustine Private Hospital Accident and Emergency Department as soon as possible. Proper closure within a few hours minimizes scarring and reduces the risk of infection.

8.      Watch for signs of infection. See your doctor if the wound isn’t healing or you notice any redness, increasing pain, drainage, warmth or swelling.

9.      Get a tetanus shot. If the injured person hasn’t had a tetanus shot in the past five years and the wound is deep or dirty, he or she may need a booster shot, as soon as possible.

 

If the wound cannot be easily treated at home, visit the St. Augustine Private Hospital Accident & Emergency Department or contact us at 663-7274 or 285-7274 as soon as possible.

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Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

Yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa. The virus is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Yellow fever disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings, laboratory testing, and travel history, including the possibility of exposure to infected mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment for yellow fever; care is based on symptoms. Steps to prevent yellow fever virus infection include using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, and getting vaccinated.

 

Prevention of Yellow Fever

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Use insect repellent. When you go outdoors, use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin. Even a short time outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite.
  • Wear proper clothing to reduce mosquito bites. When weather permits, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection.
  • Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The peak biting times for many mosquito species is dusk to dawn. However, Aedes aegypti, one of the mosquitoes that transmits yellow fever virus, feeds during the daytime. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during daytime as well as during the evening and early morning. Staying in accommodations with screened or air-conditioned rooms, particularly during peak biting times, will also reduce risk of mosquito bites.

 Get Vaccinated

  • Yellow fever vaccine is recommended for persons aged ≥ 9 months who are traveling to or living in areas at risk for yellow fever virus transmission
  • Yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry into certain countries.

 

 Symptoms

 

  • The majority of persons infected with yellow fever virus have no illness or only mild illness.
  • In persons who develop symptoms, the incubation period (time from infection until illness) is typically 3–6 days.
  • The initial symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, severe headache, back pain, general body aches, nausea, and vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. Most persons improve after the initial presentation.
  • After a brief remission of hours to a day, roughly 15% of cases progress to develop a more severe form of the disease. The severe form is characterized by high fever, jaundice, bleeding, and eventually shock and failure of multiple organs.

 Treatment

  • No specific treatments have been found to benefit patients with yellow fever. Whenever possible, yellow fever patients should be hospitalized for supportive care and close observation.
  • Treatment is symptomatic. Rest, fluids, and use of pain relievers and medication to reduce fever may relieve symptoms of aching and fever.
  • Care should be taken to avoid certain medications, such as aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen), which may increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Yellow fever patients should be protected from further mosquito exposure (staying indoors and/or under a mosquito net) for up to 5 days after the onset of fever. This way, yellow fever virus in their bloodstream will be unavailable to uninfected mosquitoes, thus breaking the transmission cycle and reducing risk to the persons around them.

 

If you have not yet been vaccinated, please contact your community health centre or family physician for further details on how to get vaccinated.

Should you develop any symptoms of the yellow fever virus, visit our 24/7 Accident and Emergency Department immediately or contact us at 663-7274 or 285-7274.

In light of the recent public advisory to persons travelling internationally, please visit the link below for further details of getting vaccinated in Trinidad & Tobago.

http://www.health.gov.tt/news/newsitem.aspx?id=661

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World Blood Donor Day June 14th

World Blood Donor Day June 14th

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This June 14th , Give the Gift of Life. Become a Donor.

 Facts about the blood donation process

  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
  • Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
  • The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
  • The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
  • A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.
  • A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
  • All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.
  • Information you give during the donation process is confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law.

 Blood can be donated at the following locations:-

National Blood Transfusion Service

160 Charlotte Street

Blood

Port of Spain

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 627-2619, 623-8204

Fax. (868) 623-3523

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

The Blood Bank

Building 1

Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex

Uriah Butler Highway

Champs Fleurs

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 645-2640 Ext 2008

Fax. (868) 663-4673

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

The Blood Bank

San Fernando General Hospital

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Independence Avenue

San Fernando

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 652-1121

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

The Blood Bank

Tobago Regional Hospital

Fort Street

Scarborough

Tobago

Tel. (868) 639-2551

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

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