The benefits of activity / on-demand webinar

Did you know that over 35%* of our community typically spend more than 8 hours* a day sitting down, not moving, yet as most of us know, activity and movement are essential to our health and wellbeing.

In this useful webinar discover how physical activity affects our mind and body, how much we need to reap the benefits and how it can reduce long-term health risks.

Source: MyWellbeingCheck – summary of 474 member responses.

How to access the webinars


1. Visit: www.onemedifund.com/wellbeing-webinars
2. Use access password: onemediwebinar
3. Add your name and email then submit

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The doctor will see you now

Whether you’re at home or on the go, video appointments mean you can see a GP wherever you are, and all our Doctor On-call GPs are available 24/7 so you have round the clock care at your fingertips.

We know video consultations make seeing a GP easier but if you are still not sure how a video appointment can work here’s a guide to what to expect.

How do video appointments work?

Just like a regular GP appointment, you can discuss your health concerns privately and confidentially – it’s like being in the same room as your GP. To get the most out of your appointment here’s what you need to do to prepare.

Get yourself comfy

Choose somewhere quiet and private for your appointment, whether its by phone or video call. If you’re likely to be interrupted just let your GP know.

Have your tech in check

Whatever device you’re using, make sure it’s charged. And it’s vital you have a good internet connection. If it is a video call make sure you enable your camera and microphone before your appointment.

Get what you need

It is a good idea to have any medication you take ready so you can show your GP when you need to. Your GP will lead the conversation, but it’s good to consider why you’ve made this appointment, your symptoms and what you’re hoping to get from speaking to a GP.

At the end of your appointment, make sure you’re clear about what will happen next. If you’re unsure about anything, just ask.

And don’t forget, our doctors can share your consultation notes directly with your NHS GP too. After every appointment, your GP will write up your consultation notes onto the platform to be shared with your NHS GP whenever you need to. You’ll then have the option to view and download these notes at your discretion. That means you have all your health notes at the tap of a button.


Get started today

The onemedifund Doctor On-call service is operated by our partners Doctor Care Anywhere. Before you can make an appointment you’ll need to activate your account. Activation only takes a few minutes and will save time whenever you feel unwell.

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Healthy Weight Loss / on-demand webinar

Our weight is very closely linked to a wide range of health issues and our latest onemdifund webinar looks at how can you lose weight healthily.

Whether you are already trying to lose weight now or would like to get started soon, this video will help you look at diets versus lifestyle changes, the importance of activity, the impact of food as well as tips and advice on how to plan and achieve your weight loss healthily.

How to access the webinars


1. Visit: www.onemedifund.com/wellbeing-webinars
2. Use access password: onemediwebinar
3. Add your name and email then submit

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The importance of sleep / on-demand webinar

The first in the new on-demand webinar series tackles the all important subject of sleep. Why do we sleep, why is quality sleep important and how does food, drink and exercise affect our sleep. You can view the webinar right now, or whenever you’re ready.

How to access the webinars


1. Visit: www.onemedifund.com/wellbeing-webinars
2. Use access password: onemediwebinar
3. Add your name and email then submit

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Our New On-demand Health & Wellbeing Webinar series is now live

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new series of on-demand onemedifund Health & Wellbeing webinars. This new series is available prerecorded so you can watch it a time to suit you.

The first in the series tackles the all important subject of sleep. Why do we sleep, why is quality sleep important and how does food, drink and exercise affect our sleep. You can view the webinar right now, or whenever you’re ready.

How to access the webinars


1. Visit: www.onemedifund.com/wellbeing-webinars
2. Use access password: onemediwebinar
3. Add your name and email then submit

Latest webinars available


The first webinars in the series are now available and more will be added over the coming months:

  • The importance of sleep
  • How to lose weight healthily


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Staying Safe in the sun

A blog post by our healthcare partner WPA


Why it is even more important to be playing it 'sun safe' this summer


For many of us, the fact last summer was a scorcher went some way to mitigating the anxieties and uncertainties of suddenly having to deal with a pandemic, being locked down and working from home.

This year, of course, we’ve all become much more used to the idea of lockdowns and restrictions, social distancing, mask wearing, the importance of ventilation and being out and about in the great outdoors. The weather, however, hasn’t ‘played ball’ in the same way it did last year, with April 2021– while extremely dry and sunny – being the coldest since 1922 and May 2021 being one of the wettest on record.

With June 2021 (so far) looking much more settled and ‘normal’ for a British summer, the weather, hopefully, is beginning to change.

Yet, while the temptation may be to rush outside to the park or garden to sunbathe, whether from your home office or during your lunchbreak if you’ve now physically returned to an office, it is still worth taking care. In fact, precisely because the weather has been so grim up to now and our skin has not been used to being out in the sun, it is even more important to be playing it ‘sun safe’.


Dangers of getting sunburnt


The dangers of getting sunburnt have long been recognised. There is good advice from the NHS as to what to do in the short term if you’ve overdone it in the sun. Longer term, however, too much sun exposure, whether you actually get sunburnt or not, can be an important risk factor for skin cancer, or melanoma.

From a workplace perspective, the conventional focus, very understandably, has tended to be on workers whose jobs involve working outside.

The Health and Safety Executive, for example, recommends outdoor workers during the summer months ensure they keep hydrated, have regular breaks, wear suitable protective clothing (especially a hat), and try to remain in the shade as much as possible, all of which is sensible advice.

There is another side to this conversation, however, especially now. This is that, with Covid-19 now recognised to be much less transmissible outdoors, we are all being encouraged to be outside as much as possible.

For those back in offices, that can mean taking meetings or catch-ups outdoors and, for those still working from home, it could mean taking advantage of sunny weather to decamp ‘the office’ to the garden or even a local park.

Yet, depending on your skin type, it is possible to get burnt within 15 minutes in full sunshine. Therefore, even just throwing yourself down on the grass in the park for half an hour at lunchtime to soak up some rays can cause damage if you’re not wearing sunscreen.

On top of this, a ‘British summer’ may not mean full sunshine anyway. If you’re not careful, it is still perfectly possible to get burnt on hazy, breezy or even overcast summer days – and in fact they are precisely the sorts of days when you are less likely to be careful.


Decline in skin cancer diagnoses


Another worrying element to all this is that skin specialists – dermatologists – are increasing concerned about the sharp declines they’ve seen during the pandemic in skin cancer diagnoses.

The British Association of Dermatologists on 3 May 2021 warned that melanoma diagnoses had fallen by 28% from April to November 2020 (during the pandemic) compared to the previous year. This equated to an estimated 2,671 fewer diagnoses than expected. May 2020 also saw the steepest drop in melanoma diagnoses, with just 54% of the expected number of diagnoses for the month.

One of the worries here, of course, is that melanoma skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with normally around 16,000 new cases diagnosed each year; one in four in people under the age of 50 and, tragically, some 2,300 people in the UK die from the condition each year.

This decline therefore could be storing up problems for the future. It is also part of a wider pandemic-related backlog in cancer diagnoses and treatments generally, fuelled by reduced access to GP services, cancelled elective surgery but also by people either being afraid to get checked out because of worries about catching Covid-19 or not wanting to ‘bother’ the hard-pressed NHS.


What should we all be doing?


So, what to do about all this? On the one hand, of course, we all love to feel the warmth of the sun on our skin and faces. It’s good for our mental health and wellbeing and exposure to some sunshine is good for us, for example in giving us the vitamin D that we need.

On the other, the key is in the word ‘some’ and taking care not to overdo it. To that end, a lot of what amounts to ‘sun safe’ advice is simply practical common sense. The NHS, however, has a valuable roundup of advice here.

The NHS advice will probably be especially useful during the summer holidays this year if you are out and about with the family. The fact, too, we may all be more likely to be holidaying at home this summer, and therefore perhaps taking less care than if we were lying on a baking overseas beach, makes these ‘safe sun’ messages even more important.

Then there is the question of awareness, knowledge and self-care around skin cancers and melanomas. You probably won’t have noticed it as the rain and hail lashed down, but the beginning of May (May 3-9) was ‘Sun Awareness Week’ in the UK, again run by the British Association of Dermatologists.

Although the event has now passed, there is a suite of posters and leaflets that you can download here, and which include a lot of useful information and awareness-raising advice. This includes guidance on the different types of skin cancers, practical advice on how to check your skin and even advice on the different types of sunscreen.

The NHS warns that you have an increased risk of melanoma if you have lots of moles on your body, particularly if they’re large (more than 5mm) or unusually shaped.

Another good tip, therefore, is to use your mobile phone to keep a photographic record of any family moles, especially if you have family members who have multiple moles. This can help you to track whether moles are changing size or shape and whether, as a result, it may be a good idea to get them checked out.

Obviously, with the pandemic, we’ve all been dealing with a lot of health-related worries in the past year or so. We all, too, want to get outside and enjoy any sunny weather when it does come. Indeed, it is good for our mental and physical health to do so, especially given how poor the weather has been up to now, and in terms of mitigating Covid-19 risk.

Yet, at the same time, let’s not forget about the importance of ‘sun safe’ messages this summer. This needs to include being alert to changes in our skin, especially changes to any moles or freckles that could be a sign of more serious health issues and which therefore should be checked out by the GP.

This article has been provided courtesy of our healthcare partners at WPA.


Helpful links


The following websites are available with the aim of providing information, links to support and general guidance relating to staying safe in the sun and skin cancer.


Go mobile - Download latest health app

The latest enhanced version of the onemedifund mobile Health App is available to download now. From submitting your Dental & Optical claims and monitoring benefit limits, to getting real-time authorisation for private treatment; the health app makes it even easier to manage your healthcare at home, in work or on the move.

Download the Health App Now

To download the onemedifund Health App to your device, visit the “WPA Health page” on the google play store and click the “Install” button.

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What you can do on the latest enhanced version... :

Submit your Dental and Optical cash benefit claims.

Get real-time authorisation for your private treatment.

Track progress of claims & monitor benefit limits.


Send & receive messages to WPA quickly and securely.

View membership literature & other scheme documents.

See the full details of all your plan benefits.


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Long COVID: life after infection

A guide by Doctor Care Anywhere


For some, recovering from COVID was straightforward. For others, it has become an endless battle with their day-to-day health.


Many people across the country are dealing with the aftermath of contracting COVID-19.

MPs have estimated up to 40,000 people are experiencing continuous COVID symptoms lasting weeks or months after the initial infection. The NHS is expected to see a million Long COVID patients after the pandemic. And this debilitating experience is leaving many people out of work, struggling with exhaustion, and unable to look after themselves.

So, how can we help? We have learnt a lot about COVID, how it affects our bodies, and the measures we can take to stop the spread. But there’s a lot of misinformation around Long COVID and how to identify it.

Here’s what you need to know.


What is Long COVID?


Long COVID is a term given to long-term effects of coronavirus (COVID-19; it’s also known as post-COVID-19 syndrome. How long it takes to recover from COVID varies from person to person, but those still struggling after 12 weeks usually consider it a long-term condition. More recent data from the Office of National Statistics suggest that 10% of people who have had COVID-19 may experience ongoing symptoms.

Whether or not you experience Long COVID has nothing to do with the severity of your symptoms. Even those with mild symptoms can have long-term problems.

As it’s a relatively new condition, there’s a lot we’re still learning about Long COVID.


What does it do to the body?


Long COVID is somewhat similar to post-viral fatigue. Exhaustion and breathlessness are quite common. For some, it feels like you’re constantly switching between getting better and getting worse. There’s a complex level of neurological issues associated with Long COVID.

Most common symptoms include:

  • Breathlessness and chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach aches, feeling sick, diarrhoea
  • Changes to smell or taste
  • Dizziness
  • Joint pain

There is also evidence that some with Long COVID experience organ damage.


What does it do to the mind?


Long COVID is a tough health battle to deal with. Mentally, it can really take a toll. There’s evidence of a ‘brain fog’ among Long COVID sufferers. This usually results in problems with memory or concentration, which means many are unable to work to the same level as they did before they caught COVID.

Anxiety and depression are high among Long COVID sufferers. It can be scary to go from otherwise healthy to suddenly unable to do the activities you used to do. Many young, fit people experience a complete loss in fitness levels.

Even early rehabilitation can trigger relapses in the condition, which makes recovery tricky.


What can we do about it?


So far, the UK Government has pledged £18.5 million to tackle Long COVID through research. It’s important to remember that Long COVID isn’t one condition. It varies in symptoms and new issues can pop up after months of recovery.

The implications of Long COVID on people’s wellbeing goes far beyond needing to rest occasionally. Sometimes the symptoms can be debilitating enough to need urgent medical care. Sometimes it’s hard to do anything outside of their homes.

This means a lot of people are on long-term sick leave from work due to Long COVID. And they need support to get through this difficult experience.


That’s where we can help.


Our GPs are able to help manage and look after your Long COVID concerns. We’re constantly learning and adapting our care to each individual, to find the best way for them to manage their symptoms and start getting back to themselves. We’re here to listen to your concerns through your Long COVID experience.

Recovery from Long COVID isn’t always a straight trajectory. Symptoms fluctuate, things change – but new research will help us understand the condition more.

For now, we want to remind people that help is out there.


Are you concerned about
Long COVID for yourself or others?


You can always speak to our GPs. They’re available 24/7 and here to work with patients on a case-by-case basis.



Benefits of Brain Food – Wellbeing webinar on Monday 26th April

SAVE THE DATE! Monday 26th April 10.30am!


Book your place on our next health & wellbeing webinar, BENEFITS OF BRAIN FOOD. This event will explore how diet can impact brain performance and discover brain-boosting foods and lifestyle tips.

Key themes of the BENEFITS OF BRAIN FOOD webinar include:

  • Overview of the Eatwell Guide
  • Energy givers vs energy takers
  • Best brain boosting foods
  • Brain draining lifestyle behaviours


MyWellbeing Check service is no longer available

MyWellbeingCheck®


This is the next health & wellbeing webinar event in our 2021 programme; exclusively for onemedifund members to attend. There are more scheduled over the next few months, with up to 500 places available for each event.

The webinars are produced and hosted by our new partners at Healthy Performance and are being introduced at the same time as the launch of a new lifestyle assessment service for members called MyWellbeingCheck® and the introduction of member access to an extensive library of short online health & wellbeing video tutorials.


Reserve your place


To find out how to reserve your place on this webinar, go to your onemedifund online account at www.onemedifund.com/dashboard and view the webinar instructions in the “Plan Documents” section of the dashboard.

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Maximising your Fitness – Wellbeing webinar - Watch Online

If you missed our previous health & wellbeing webinar MAXIMISING YOUR FITNESS (or had difficulty accessing the event), a recording is now available to watch online.


This event will provide you with support, advice and techniques for maximising your fitness. The webinar includes tips on how to design your own personal fitness programme, how best to measure your progress, and why rest and recovery is a must.

Key themes of the MAXIMISING YOUR FITNESS webinar included:

  • Designing your programme
  • Are you progressing or over training
  • Why rest and recovery is a must
  • Are performance aids worth it?