Wye SurgeryOxenturn RoadWye, Kent, TN25 5AYTel: 01233 884585
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We encourage all our patients to lead healthy and active lives, and are always ready to give advice about how you and your family can do this. In particular we advise you to:
You can search long term conditions and NHS Choices Health A-Z for help and info on your condition.
Being well informed about your condition/situation and using self help tips can help you cope and improve your quality of life.
There may also be helplines or organisations that offer free support and advice to people in your situation (see below).
BUT, if you are struggling to come to terms with a diagnosis, are going through a bad patch, or need help managing your symptom - please speak to your GP.
Info for Carers … NHS Choices Care and SupportCarers Direct Helpline 0300 123 1053
Many organisations run help lines (usually free and confidential) help lines for all kinds of health conditions.
Here are some website that list UK helplines:
Mental health helplines
BBC Health Helplines and Websites
Carers Direct helpline
Search NHS Choices for your condition or situation to find other helplines and sources of support; or do an online search.
Many organisations offer FREE help on a wide range of health and medical issues. Here is a selection.
Department of Health & Social Care
Bowel Cancer UK
Breast Cancer Care
British Heart Foundation
Children with Cancer
Family Lifestyle Programme
MacMillan Cancer Support
Prostate Cancer Support
Students Against Depression
Search NHS Choices for your condition or situation to find other sources of support; or do an online search.
This page helps you recognise the signs and symptoms of common health conditions. But, if you have any concerns please seek medical advice (see, Appointments & Advice or Out of Hours or askmyGP).
See NHS Choices website for help with:
Thrush Contraception Sexual health Sexual health tools Penis health Testicular health Prostate health Breast awareness Vaginal health Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
If you have a sexual health problem that cannot be self-treated, please speak to your GP or contact your nearest sexual health clinic.
Here are some trusted online sources of support to help you manage your health and wellbeing.
When looking for reliable information online the NHS is a good place to start - www.nhs.uk is full of easy to search information that also includes:
Over 400 videos and podcasts
Over 50 interactive tools, and Smartphone apps
You can search www.nhs.uk for any health condition plus many health related topics, such as:
Health stories in the news
Help with health costs
NHS Feedback and complaints.
Search the NHS Choices online services directories to find local and national NHS services - search by service name, service type, condition or surgical procedure for any town or postcode in the UK.
See NHS Choices listing of Mental health helplines.
Probably the best known organisation is the Samaritans – they help with all forms of emotional distress (not just suicide): Phone 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) www.samaritans.org.uk
Many organisations offer help for different physical or mental health conditions:
Useful weblinks – to 950 UK organisations (search by category or alphabet)
If you have any pregnancy or family health concerns, make an appointment to see your GP. Or if it is not urgent, message them using the online service askmyGP.
Keeping fit and active during your pregnancy will help you adapt to the physical changes taking place in your body, and the rigours of labour.
Looking after your own health gives your baby the best start in life:
Exercise in pregnancy
Travel in pregnancy
Healthy diet in pregnancy
Foods to avoid in pregnancy
Alcohol and pregnancy
Some organisations offering support:
NHS services and support for parents
Websites, helplines and support groups
National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
Parenting support centre
Kent Baby Matters
Premature or born sick babies
Stillbirth and baby death
Be safe online
Coping with cyber bullying
Think U Know (internet safety for children)
Talking to your teenager
Teenagers and depression
We give free NHS vaccinations to children and adults to protect against a range of serious diseases. Ask us for details.
For general info about travel vaccinations see our Travel Health page. For details on how to book a vaccination appointment visit our Travel Clinic page.
Or you can message your GP for advice about vaccinations using the online service askmyGP.
Babies and children
Vaccinating your child is a way of protecting them against serious disease.
Once a child has been immunised their bodies can fight those diseases if they come into contact with them.
To find out more, talk to your GP or health visitor, or contact our Reception for an appointment.
View NHS Vaccinations schedule
Create a personal immunisation chart for your child.
Teenagers who have been vaccinated when they were children will be offered booster injections – usually at school – to top up their protection. For example, the Td/IPV booster covers tetanus (T), diphtheria (d) and polio (IPV – inactivated polio vaccine).
They may also be offered other vaccines for TB, meningitis and cervical cancer (girls age 12-18).
To find out more or make an appointment, please contact our Reception.
During your lifetime you should have:
In addition, depending on your situation you may benefit from the following free vaccinations:
If you are hurt and need treatment, ask for an appointment at our minor injury clinic, or find one of the other minor injury services in the Ashford area (it could be run at another GP Practice, clinic or hospital).
If the injury is more serious or life-threatening dial 999 and ask for an ambulance (or make your own way to A&E if you can).
Or if it’s not urgent, message your GP for advice using the online service askmyGP.
If you witness a stroke, heart attack or cardiac arrest, don’t waste time - call 999. The worst thing you can do is nothing. Note the time when symptoms first appear.
If the patient stops breathing and doesn't respond to touch or talk they will need CPR immediately:
Stroke - Act Fast
Stroke what to do
Vinnie Jones (Staying Alive) CPR Video (You Tube)
British Heart Foundation – CPR Steps and video
CPR Video - Call Push Rescue Video (You Tube)
First aid podcasts
British Red Cross - everyday first aid
The St John Ambulance – first aid tips
We recommend planning your vaccinations and health matters well in advance, at least 6-8 weeks before your trip. This is because not all vaccines are held in stock and have to be specially ordered, and they can take several weeks before taking effect.
If you have a serious medical condition check with your GP to make sure you are fit to travel, especially if going abroad.
Be travel aware
Gap year advice
Adventure travel and volunteering overseas
Advice about mental health and travel
Foreign travel advice and alerts – 225 countries
Foreign travel check list
Your entitlement to medical care while overseas varies by country and it may not be free.
You may wish to take out travel insurance that covers medical bills and the cost of repatriation for serious illness or death abroad.
You can also apply online for a European Health Insurance Card
If you are seeking medical treatment abroad it's vital that you understand the risks and gather enough information to avoid the pitfalls.
Healthcare in Europe
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