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Keeping Healthy

Weight Management

If you are overweight and are struggling to get your weight down, then please speak to one of our doctors. 

Additional Information

Have a look at this weight management tool to see how you measure up.

What is a realistic weight goal?
If you have always been overweight, a realistic goal is to lose 5 to 10% of your current weight in around 6 months, and to keep it off for 2 or more years.

How can I lose weight?
The hardest part about losing weight is you have to stop dieting. Dieting means a temporary change in behaviour. You make the change, lose the weight, then stop the change and put the weight back on. If you want to lose weight you have to make changes that you can stick with almost all the time for the rest of your life.

If you are overweight, losing 5- 10% of your current weight can help improve your health in many ways

  • Lowering high blood pressure
  • Lowering blood sugar for people with diabetes
  • Lowering 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) 
  • Raising 'good' cholesterol (HDL)
  • Reducing lower back and joint pain
  • Improving breathing ability

Family Tendency
Inherited behaviours: as children. An example is 'eat everything on your plate'. Because as children we want to please our parents (or get pudding), we learned to eat everything on our plate, hungry or not. Now, as adults, we carry on that habit without thinking
about it.

Genetics: if your parents are overweight, you do not have to be overweight, but you do have more chance of being overweight than someone with slim parents. Very few people have genetic diseases that make them overweight.

Try these interactive tools, tips and articles to discover more about a healthy diet and healthy weight. Find out what steps you can take to achieve your goals visit NHS Choices.

BDA Weightwise - This site offers practical solutions for losing weight

Teenweightwise - This site offers advice on healthy eating for teenagers.

Diet during pregnancy from Food Standards Agency website eatwell - advice on what foods to eat, what to avoid, advice on supplements.

Change for LIfe

Health Checks

If you are aged between 40 and 74 and have not had a consultation with a GP within the last three years or are aged 75 or over and have not had a consultation within the last twelve months, you are entitled to attend the surgery for a check.

Blood Tests

To receive your blood test results you can telephone the surgery on 01923 875935 in the afternoon between 1.00pm and 5.00pm

Please allow sufficient time for the results to be available before you enquire. If it is necessary to make an appointment to discuss the findings of a test result please try make it with the Doctor who arranged the tests.

A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory.

Blood tests are taken for many different reasons. For example, to:

  • Help diagnose certain conditions, or to rule them out if symptoms suggest possible conditions. 
  • Monitor the activity and severity of certain conditions. For example, a blood test may help to see if a condition is responding to treatment. 
  • Check the body's functions such as liver and kidney function when you are taking certain medicines which may cause side-effects. 
  • Check your blood group before receiving a blood transfusion.

Information and advice on Blood Tests
Find out how is a blood test normally taken for both adults and children, visit NHS Choices.

Can I eat and drink before a blood test?
To find out visit NHS Choices.

Range of Blood tests
Find out the full range of blood tests visit NHS Choices.

Are there any complications from Blood Testing?
To find out more, visit NHS Choices.

Sexual Health

We offer a whole range of Contraception Services Offered Include:

  • Coil & implant fitting 
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. 
  • Termination of Pregnancy counselling and referrals.   
  • Emergency contraception - available every day without an appointment, but other contraceptive services available by appointment. 
  • Confidential advice and information

For more information visit the following websites:

Family Planning Association: Sexual Health Advice

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Sexual Dysfunction 

Immunisation

The Department of Health now recommends that people aged 65 and over, and younger people in the listed risk groups below should be vaccinated for influenza each year. 

  • Asthma 
  • Chronic bronchitis 
  • Heart problems 
  • Diabetes 
  • Kidney disease 
  • Neurological and degenerative disease

They also recommend Pneumonia vaccination for all patients over 65 and younger people in certain at risk groups. This injection is a once-only dose of vaccine which can be given at the same time as the Influenza

For more information about immunisations visit NHS Choices.

Breast Screening

Did you know women over 70 years are still entitled to breast screening every 3 years.  They do, however, have to make their own appointments by contacting the screening office on 0208 951 4045 or emailing breastscreening.appointments@bcf.nhs.uk