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Movember champions Chris Boden, Iain Cockley-Adams, James Curtis and Chris MilesFive 'prepare to grow' champions from the Trust were given a clean shave by at Brockworth Barber shop on Ermin Street this week to kick start their efforts to grow a moustache as part of the national Movember campaign.

Throughout November, the five champions will be helping to promote men's health awareness, joining our Healthy Lifestyle team to share with local people and colleagues where they can get men’s health advice and emotional support. Movember support will also be provided by female colleagues who will be sharing the key health messages to the men in their lives.

Rich from Brockworth Barber shop said: “We are excited to work with the champions for their ‘prepare to grow’ campaign as men often find it difficult to talk about health issues, and don’t know where to turn.  Promoting the key health messages is a great opportunity to work in partnership with the local health community to help men find the advice and support they need."

Martin Larner, a heart failure nurse for the Trust, explained his reasons for joining the Movember campaign: “I wanted to be one of the ‘prepare to grow’ champions, as I know that for men in particular, it can be difficult to talk to others about health problems and often issues will be ignored. I know from my personal experience that when you do have a concern, the GP can offer information and support about any recommended treatment, but most importantly peace of mind.  We all need to start championing men’s health to raise awareness of where men can get health advice and support for any concerns, as we all need to start having that conversation and start talking about men’s health issues.”

The five champions will round off the month with ‘The Great British Shave Off’, by presenting their top lips for a clean shave at the Brockworth Barbers on Thursday 28 November.

 For further information if you have any concerns, your first contact should be with your GP, or your local sexual health clinic.  For more men’s health advice and emotional support, visit NHS Choices www.nhs.uk or go to www.glos-care.nhs.uk

Top tips for mens health awareness:

Early detection is key… 

o   Notice any changes in the size, weight and shape of your testicles?

o   Notice bladder frequency, are you going to pee more than three times a night, having difficulty starting to pee or experiencing any pain when peeing or during sexual activity?

 Prevention is everything

o   Check your testicles regularly, if you notice any changes see your GP.

o   Notice any pain, night time frequency or difficulty in starting to pee or during sexual activity – see your GP.

Knowledge is power

o   If you have any concerns, your first contact should be with your GP, or your local sexual health clinic.  For more men’s health advice and emotional support, visit NHS Choices www.nhs.uk or go to www.glos-care.nhs.uk

 

 

 

 

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Martin Larner, a heart failure nurse for the Trust, explained his reasons for joining the Movember campaign: “I wanted to be one of the ‘prepare to grow’ champions, as I know that for men in particular, it can be difficult to talk to others about health problems and often issues will be ignored. I know from my personal experience that when you do have a concern, the GP can offer information and support about any recommended treatment, but most importantly peace of mind.  We all need to start championing men’s health to raise awareness of where men can get health advice and support for any concerns, as we all need to start having that conversation and start talking about men’s health issues.”

Martin Larner, a heart failure nurse for the Trust, explained his reasons for joining the Movember campaign: “I wanted to be one of the ‘prepare to grow’ champions, as I know that for men in particular, it can be difficult to talk to others about health problems and often issues will be ignored. I know from my personal experience that when you do have a concern, the GP can offer information and support about any recommended treatment, but most importantly peace of mind.  We all need to start championing men’s health to raise awareness of where men can get health advice and support for any concerns, as we all need to start having that conversation and start talking about men’s health issues.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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