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This page contains some useful advice on issues which may affect you or your family, and links to further web-based information and leaflets. Have a look also at:

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  • Tabs above covering specific issues

Click here for an advice leaflet.

Burns and scalds
Cool a BURN with cool/lukewarm water for 10-30 minutes. Don't use ice/iced water/creams/greasy substances, e.g. butter. Remove clothing/jewellery near burn, don't move anything stuck to the skin. If it's starting to blister see the nurse.

Children aged birth-5 years, common illnesses and wellbeing - a guide for parents and carers 
find out more 

Children and drugs
How would you know if your CHILD is on DRUGS? If you are concerned speak to your doctor.
Look out for: Money problems; ​lying; change in their group of friends; teeth clenching; reduced motivation & trouble with school work; slurred/rapid fire speech; sudden dramatic weight loss/gain; wet lips/excessive thirst.

Childhood obesity
How to prevent this happening to your child? Also take a look at 'Sugar Smart' further down this page.
Click here for an advice leaflet.

Dementia is an umbrella term for various forms of neurological impairment which affect memory and create difficulties in thinking.
Click here for an advice leaflet.

Feeling depressed or suffering uncontrollable anxiety and need to talk to someone? Self-refer for therapy to our counselling service or call 0300 012 0012.

Most DIARRHOEA episodes settle without any medical treatment within 4 days. Increase fluid intake. If it lasts more than 4 days provide us with a stool sample. If you see blood or pus in the stool see your Doctor as it may be a sign of bowel disease.

Diabetes: are you at risk? - 3 key messages
1. Pre-diabetes is a serious condition with a high risk of progressing to diabetes and heart disease
2. The good news is that these risks are often presentable
3. To prevent progrssion, patients need to make lifestyle changes in terms of healthier eating (losing weight) and increased physical activity
Ask Reception for a copy of the booklet - Are you at risk of Diabetes?

Domestic abuse
Domestic abuse doesn't have to be physical; words and behaviour hurt too. You can call the Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service for help and advice
Find out more

Ear Waxing
Click here for an advice leaflet.

Healthy Heart 
We spend a little too much time sitting down and not being physically active enough for our own good, but  we can do something about it right now!   You don't need fancy gym gear or a lot of space - just a few minutes and a positive attitude. Try this 10-minute British Hear Foundation living-room workout, and other videos on their website.
Find out more

Nose bleeds
If you have a NOSE BLEED sit down, pinch vessels in the soft part of your nose applying pressure for 10 mins. Repeat twice more if necessary and consider applying an ice pack. If you have regular nose bleeds see your Doctor.

Advice for mem on prostate symptoms.

Click here for an advice leaflet.

Get help with quitting. Why not attend a STOP SMOKING CLINIC. You're 4 times more likely to succeed with a local service. Contact: 0800 849 4444 for more details.

Sports drinks sound healthy …
……but FULL-FLAVOURED DRINKS, ENERGY DRINKS, SWEET TEAS, & SPORTS DRINKS mostly have added sugars which can increase the risk of obesity and diabetes.
Drinking too many 'sports drinks' can lead to palpitations of the heart and weight gain. These drinks are only beneficial for athletes who participate in intense sports or endurance activities such as marathon running.
They can become addictive.


Click here for an advice leaflet 'Life after stroke'.

Your children might seem fine on the outside, but too much sugar can cause tooth decay and lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that you can't see. Fat around vital organs can cause serious disease in the future, e.g. weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, -some cancers.
Click here for an advice leaflet.

Click here for an advice leaflet.

Uni soon?
Ask us whether you'll need any booster jabs. If you spend more weeks at your Uni' address than at home, YOU MUST REGISTER with a GP practice near your Uni. Ensure you've enough medication to cover the period away from Uni. If you become unwell you can be seen as a temporary patient at a practice near your home for up to 15 days.

Warts & Verruccas
Affect 30% of school children; most resolve themselves within 2 years. Unless painful, leave them to resolve naturally rather than spending ££s on freeze treatments.

Do you want to lose weight?
You can get
help to reach and maintain a healthy weight. No shakes, no bars, no gimmicks! Just sensible, practical support and advice. Not keen on groups? No problem! You can also get one-to-one support from selected local pharmacies.

Other leaflets to download

6. Warfarin advice leaflet
Information for patients on what is safe to take with Warfarin tablets.

5. Consent procedure advice leaflet
Information for patients on giving consent to proceed with a clinical procedure.

9. Dr D advice on acne
Advice for patients suffering with acne.

10. Dr D advice on tiredness
Advice for patients to combat tiredness.

16. Diabetes Weekly Record sheet
Enables patients to keep a record of food intake and glucose levels. 

21. Dr D advice on hay fever
Advice for patients suffering from Hay fever.

22. Dr D advice on colds & coughs
Advice for patients dealing with a common cold and coughs.

25. Dr D advice on jetlag
Advice for patients on minimising the impact of jetlag.

29. Dr D advice on sugar
Advice particularly for parents trying to reduce the sugar intake of their children.

Diabetes prevention

Diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood to become too high. If left untreated Diabetes can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.

  • It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to pee a lot and tiredness. It can also increase your risk of getting serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves.
  • It’s a lifelong condition that can affect your everyday life. You may need to change your diet, take medicines and have regular check-ups.

It’s caused by problems with a hormone in the body called insulin. It’s often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of Type 2 diabetes.

Simple lifestyle changes around diet, activity levels and weight management can often prevent or delay the condition.

1. Understand the problem and what you can do, in this

2. Check your risk on the Diabetes UK charity
- if your risk is high, access the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme here at SAMC

3. Get lots of ideas and support - to make small changes for a big impact on your health and wellbeing here



What's the issue?

1 in 25 people has a drink problem!

Drinking  less reduces long-term risk of cancer, heart and liver disease and diabetes. Short term, drinking less can improve your skin, sleep patterns, mood and sex life.

Government guidelines (January 2016):

  • Not to drink - on a daily basis - more than 2-3 units = for example, 1 small glass of wine (175ml) or 1 pint of beer of 4% strength
  • To have a minimum of 2-3 days per week with no alcohol






We all now we need to take plenty of exercise for our own good, so why not try the free outdoor gym just round the corner at Pennington Grounds.

Fancy a free game of basketball, volleyball or tennis on new courts in Pennington Grounds?

No need to book, nets provided, just bring your own equipment.

Healthy heart

What's the issue?
When your heart beats it pushes blood through the arteries to your body. If this force puts too pressure on the arteries, it can raise the risk of heart attack, stroke or kidney disease.

Do you know your blood pressure numbers?
Get your blood pressure checked annually.

Help yourself to a healthy heart

  • Eat healthy
  • Get active
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Take fewer caffeinated drinks
  • Relax


Sun Protection

What's the issue?

Skin cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the UK.  

Don't get burnt by the sun!

Protect yourself to reduce your risk. Go for sun protection factor (SPF) 30 on the bottle/tube.

Moles can develop at any age in a range of shapes/sizes/colours; If they change in character use the A-B-C-D rule to spot changes - see your Doctor if any apply.

A – Asymmetry: mole shouldn’t differ from one side to the other
B – Border: edges shouldn’t be blurred or jagged
C – Colour: look for changes in colour
D – Diameter: if a mole gets bigger or is larger than 6mm across.


What's the issue?

If you are overweight or 'obese' you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • 1 in 4 adults is 'obese';
  • 3 in 10 boys and girls (aged 2 to 15) are overweight or 'obese'
  • 1 in 10 children aged 4-5 years are 'obese'

If you are overweight or 'obese' you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes

You can you tell if you have a weight problem from your BMI (body mass index) - an estimate of how much fat you have in your body, using your height and weight measurements.

You can calculate it yourself by dividing your weight (in kilos) by your (height x your height, in metres); or you can ask your Doctor to do it for you.

If your weight is normal you have a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9. If you have a BMI of over 25, start thinking about making some lifestyle changes - it really is in your interests.