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Improvements to website

To help people better manage their health and care online, the information on has been made easier to read and the site design has been improved for use on mobile devices to give people quick access to a range of services and practical health information at their fingertips.  Other improvements include making it easier for people to find services related to different health topics, an improved Pharmacy Finder, a new medicines section and more detailed information on how to manage long-term conditions such as diabetes.  This is part of a series of changes to empower people to learn about and take more control of their own health and care.  In addition to this, you will no longer see the NHS Choices logo on the website, it will simply retain the trusted NHS brand.

Carers Awards 2018

We recently attended the Carers Awards Ceremony to collect our Gold Award - a council award recognising the work we do for our carers out there.  Do you look after someone? Come and have a look at our Carers Board (in Reception) to see what we offer.

Carers Board

Heart Age Campaign 4th – 30th September 2018

Do you know your heart age? Adults across the country are being encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to get to know their heart age by taking a free online ‘Heart Age Test’, which asks physical and lifestyle related information, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol, and determines if someone’s heart is at a higher age than their actual age.

Having a heart age older than your chronological age means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which are the two main forms of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the country. It is estimated that over 50 deaths a day from these conditions could be prevented if people had a better understanding of their heart health.**

The Heart Age Test has been completed 1.9 million times so far and four out of five of those have a heart age higher than their chronological age. To find out your heart age, search ‘Heart Age’ or go to:

Be Clear on Cancer: Blood in Pee

Be Clear on Cancer campaign calls for people to “tell their doctor” if they notice blood in their pee

The campaign is urging people to tell their doctor straight away if they notice blood in their pee, even if it’s just once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but blood in pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancers and these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.

Knowing the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers and going to see the doctor if you have any of them could save your life. If your symptoms persist, go back to your doctor – they will want to see you.

If you don’t check, you may not notice blood in your pee. So, remember to look before you flush the toilet and if you notice blood in your pee – even if it’s just once – tell your doctor.

For more information, visit

Breastfeeding? Support Available For You

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of your baby's life, although any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect.  The longer you breastfeed the greater the benefits.  Click here to find out more about the wide range of local breastfeeding support available to you.

Over The Counter Medicine Prescribing Changes

Over the counter (OTC) medicines are medicines that can be purchased in a pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist or without pharmacy supervision in local shops and the high street.  Self care using over the counter medicines helps you to look after yourself and your family when you can.

Following a period of national consultation, NHS England issued new guidance on OTC medicines. This means that for 35 minor, short-term health conditions over the counter medicines will not be routinely prescribed. To find out which conditions are affected visit

OTC - Easy as 1-2-3

1.  Advice - think 'pharmacy first'. Your local pharmacy is an expert in medicine and can advise you about common ailments and provide over the counter medicines.

2.  Accessible - the high street can help. You can buy a variety of affordable over the counter medicines from pharmacies, local shops and the high street.

3.  As good as prescribed! Many over the counter medicines are the same as those prescribed by GPs.

Further information can be found here: OTC Questions and Answers  Self Care OTC Guidance

Why Don't We Treat Dental Problems?

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GPs and practice nurses are not trained in dental problems. The British Medical Association made this statement:

"GPs should not attempt to manage a condition requiring dental skills unless they have the appropriate training and expertise.  Both the civil courts and the GMC require doctors to have appropriate skills for any treatment they offer."

Antibiotics are not the correct treatment for most dental problems. If you are not sure whether the symptoms you  have are coming from a dental problem please speak to our Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Duty Doctor who will be able to advise you.  If you know you have a dental problem, please contact your dentist. If you are not registered with a dentist or they are not open, you can call the Wiltshire Dental Access Centre (0345 758 1926) and they will arrange for you to see a dentist.

Shape Up 4 Life - Free Weight Loss Programme

SU4L offers a FREE 12-week weight management programme that supports people to lose weight and keep it off long term.  The programmes are open to anyone a ged 16 and over who has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over, living within Wiltshire.  (Self referral is possible for anyone not taking medications and without any existing health conditions).  Delivered online and in face to face sessions, each week contains an interactive nutrition workshop covering topics such as snacking, portion sizes and label reading followed by a variety of light exercise.  The SU4L qualified instructors will support patients to achieve goals through balanced nutrition and simple exercise. And it's free!  Click here to find out more and here for the self referral form.

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HRT and the Menopause

This information sheet has been designed to answer some of the questions you might have about the menopause and its treatments.  We recommend reading it before seeing your GP to help you get the most out of your appointment.

Do You Have Type 2 Diabetes?

The X-PERT Diabetes Programme will provide all the information you need to manage your diabetes.  The course is free and you will also receive a free handbook. It is based on the latest scientific evidence and can help you to improve your health and quality of life.  You may even be able to reverse your diabetes altogether!

6 weekly sessions each lasting 2 1/2 hours

For further information please contact:

Carolyn Ford, Diabetes, Wellbeing & Support Secretary

01225 711445


Not sure whether your child is well enough for school? Click here for detailed guidance on when to send your child or keep them home.

Did you know that you are in control of who has access to your health record? For information, guidance and to tell us your decision regarding access please click here.

For advice on making the right decision about where to go for healthcare in Wiltshire please click here.

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