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Health Promotion - Topic of Focus



The Doctors have implemented a monthly ‘topic of focus’ which aims to raise awareness of current important national and local health campaigns but also to provide a ‘spotlight’ on certain areas/projects the Practice is directly involved in. Information is displayed in surgery waiting areas and on the practice website.


New Change4Life campaign encourages parents to 'look for 100-calorie snacks, two a day max' to cut children’s sugar intake.


Public Health England (PHE) is helping parents take control of their children’s snacking by launching the first Change4Life campaign promoting healthier snacks.

This is because half of children’s sugar intake, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, leading to obesity and dental decay.

Each year children are consuming almost 400 biscuits; more than 120 cakes, buns and pastries; around 100 portions of sweets; nearly 70 of both chocolate bars and ice creams; washed down with over 150 juice drink pouches and cans of fizzy drink.



Flu Vaccinations 2017

Please do not telephone the surgery before the 1st September as the receptionists are unable to book your appointment at this time!

All about flu and how to stop getting it

NHS Public Health England - Who should have it and why leaflet please click here

Please click here to download the 2017 Practice Information leaflet 

Easy read version for people with learning disabilities click here

What is flu?

Influenza or flu is a viral infection that usually strikes between December and March. It can affect people of all ages.

You can catch flu by inhaling the virus or by handling items touched by an infected person. The symptoms start to develop one to four days later.




Spend lots of time outdoors? Cover up mate! 



As part of NHS England’s Cover Up   Mate campaign, we are encouraging men who spend a lot of time outdoors, such as farmers, builders, gardeners and sportsmen, to take a safer approach to the sun to help reduce their risk of developing skin cancer. 

Skin cancer is the sixth most common cancer and the number of cases in the south west almost doubled between 2005 and 2014. A recent survey conducted by Imperial College found that there are 48 deaths, and 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer in Britain a year, caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays   absorbed from the sun while at work. In fact getting painful sunburn just once every two years can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.

For more information please click here



Diabetes Week -  Sunday 11th June - Saturday 17th June



Please click here for more information



Mental Health Awareness Week (8th - 14th May) 


 This years theme is ‘surviving or thriving’? For more information please click here  



Topic of Focus - Over the Counter Remedies - March

As medicines are a crucial part of medical treatment, it is important to have a good understanding of them.

How can you get medicines?

Some medicines are available from pharmacists or supermarkets, while others require a prescription from your GP or another healthcare professional.

The availability of medicines depends on the level of supervision experts believe is necessary before you use a particular medicine.

Under laws governing the supply of medicines, you can obtain medicine under three categories:

  • prescription-only medicines
  • pharmacy medicines
  • general sales list medicines

For more information please click here


Topic of Focus

National Self Care Week (14 - 20 November 2016)


What is Self-Care Week?

Self-care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on establishing support for self-care across communities, families and generations.

More needs to be done to support people to better look after their own health. Empowering individuals to self-care has many benefits for their short term and long term health and this is important since people are living longer.

Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.

 Helpful Fact Sheets - please click on the links

      1. Low Back Pain

      2. Eczema

      3. Heartburn and indigestion

      4. Fever in children

      5. Constipation

      6. Headache and migraine

      7. Coughs

      8. Acne

      9. Sprains and strains

      10. Sore throat

      11. Otitis media

      12. Common cold

      13. Sinusitis

      14. Urine symptoms in men

      15. For more information please visit:




Topic of Focus - June 2016

Diabetes Week 2016diabetic

Sunday 12 June to Saturday 18 June 2016

Just about everyone has heard about diabetes. And, with 3.5 million people diagnosed in the UK and a further 549,000 who have the condition but don't yet know it, most of us know a friend or family member living with diabetes. And yet it’s still hugely misunderstood. 

For more information please click here

Topic of Focus - March 2016 - Healthy Living

Health Living

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WHO IMMUNISATION WEEK – Monday 24th April 2017

Your help to raise uptake of routine childhood vaccinations


28 March 2017 -- World Immunization Week, which is held from 24-30 April 2017, aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. 

For more information please click here.


Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - Red meat and the risk of bowel cancer

Red meat – such as beef, lamb and pork – can form part of a healthy diet. But eating a lot of red and processed meat probably increases your risk of bowel (colorectal) cancer.

That’s why the Department of Health advises people who eat more than 90 grams (cooked weight) of red and processed meat a day to cut down to 70 grams, which is the average daily consumption in the UK.


For more information please click here

No Smoking Day - 9th March  2017

Why quit?

Quitting is the best thing you'll ever do, and you're in the right place to do it.  Find out why now is the right time to quit.

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Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour.

A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health.  For more information please click  click here


Out of breath?  Listen to your lungs.....

Getting out of breath when you push yourself is healthy and normal.  But sometimes it can be a sign of something more serious.  Take our online breath test to see if you should get checked out. or call our helpline on 03000 030 555 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday 


Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Every man has one, it's important for their sex life, yet few men know anything about their prostate or what can go wrong with it.  Better knowledge about this walnut-sized gland will help men to make better choices about testing and treatment.  For more information please click here.


National Campaign - February 2016 - Cervical Cancer

cervical cancer

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Future topics coming soon....

May 2016 - Lyme Disease National Awareness Month


Previous topics

Month: January 2016

Topic: Antibiotic Awareness

Month: December 2015

Topic: National Flu Campaign

Month: May 2015

Topic: Dementia Awareness

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