Take a look at the helpful guide to a healthier new year from the BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION on the Home Page.



This section contains advice on a number of specific conditions but you can click through to a recommended source of information on health matters below. 

Breast screening
NHS routine breast screening ceases at age 70. They are conducting trials for those slightly younger than 50 and slightly older than 70 to assess the benefits. However, patients may ask to be screened after age 70. Call 01622 225766.

Children healthcare
see separate page above for more detail.

Worried about someone in your family with memory loss? Ask your GP about getting them a memory test or call free DEMENTIA HELP LINE 0800 500 3014, or email helpline@alz-dem.org

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.

Diabetes: are you at risk?
Pre-diabetes is a serious condition with a high risk of progressing to diabetes and heart disease. The good news is that these risks are often preventable
see separate page above for more detail.

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 on the Appointments - Care Navigation page.

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
see separate page above for more detail.

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!   
see separate page above for more detail.

Calling all men - if you have symptoms of: urinary frequency; having to rush to the loo; difficulty starting to urinate; poor stream; - having to get up at night; blood in your urine or semen? Don’t accept this as ageing – if you’ve any problem with your plumbing PLEASE chat with your Doctor.

Get help with quitting.

Download advice leaflet 'Life after stroke' from Guides and Leaflets page.

Sun protection 

SKIN CANCER - UK's 5th most common cancer. DON'T GET SUN BURNT! Protect yourself, reduce YOUR risk. Use SUN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) 30+. 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.

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.

You can get help to reach and maintain a healthy weight. 
see separate page above for more detail.

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 is 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:

  • 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.

DIY in your home

Take a look at exercises you can do indoors in a number of British Heart Foundation videos.


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. Use the self-health corner at SAMC to check it yourself.

Help yourself to a healthy heart

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

Following a heart-healthy diet doesn't mean you have to give up on all your favourite meals. See what small changes you can make to British favourites, to make them healthier in these 12 food swaps from the Britisih hear Foundation
If you like (or love) any of the following: 
Burger & chips - Fish & Chips - Sandwich - Pizza - Roast dinner - Cooked breakfast - Lasagne Pie & mash - Jacket potato - Chicken Korma - Salad with dressing -Cottage pie, take a look at advice from the British Heart Foundation. 

Find out more

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



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.

Get help to lose weight.