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Why Don't We Treat Dental Problems?

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

WHC.diabeteswellbeing@nhs.net

01225 711445

www.xperthealth.org.uk


Act F.A.S.T. Stroke Campaign

The Act F.A.S.T. campaign raises awareness for the signs of stroke and reinforces the importance of acting F.A.S.T. and calling 999 if you  notice any single one of the signs in yourself or others. The F.A.S.T. acronym is a simple test to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke  and emphasises the importance of acting quickly by calling 999.

Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

Arms - can they raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech - is their speech slurred?

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Share Your Views on Local Health Services

Some patients registered with us will soon receive a questionnaire from NHS England about experiences of local health services.  The survey covers issues that concern patients, such as access to care and satisfaction with treatment.  If you receive a questionnaire please complete it and return as soon as possible.  It is really important to share your views - your response will help to improve the services offered to patients. Click the link below for more information.


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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