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Health news

Here we share interesting stories and news from across the health and social care sectors.

Eating and drinking before an operation – the facts

Eating and drinking before an operation – the facts

June 15 2018

The cancellation of surgery across the NHS is a much-debated topic. Cancellations can happen for many reasons, but a common cause and one which is completely unavoidable is this – patients ignoring advice to fast before their operation.

Top 10 tips for preparing for surgery

Top 10 tips for preparing for surgery

June 8 2018

Coming to hospital for surgery means a lot to think about, including being prepared. Following instructions and bringing with you all that you need from home not only makes your hospital visit more successful and comfortable, it can also help to avoid unnecessary cancellations of treatment.

Be a volunteer – it’s good for you!

Be a volunteer – it’s good for you!

June 1 2018

This week is Volunteer Week. Being a volunteer is a great way to give something of yourself to a favourite charity, cause or community – but as well as being good for those organisations, volunteering is also good for the health of you, the volunteer.

9 reasons why you should quit smoking before an operation

9 reasons why you should quit smoking before an operation

May 31 2018

Today, 31st May, is World No Tobacco Day. If you are a smoker and you are due to have an operation the advice is simple – for the best results and for the benefit of your health, stop smoking before you have an operation.

Smile please – it’s National Smile Month!

Smile please – it’s National Smile Month!

May 17 2018

Mid-May to mid-June is National Smile Month, and it is a great opportunity to remind people that their oral health is very much their own responsibility, and th

6 top tips for National Walking Month!

6 top tips for National Walking Month!

May 14 2018

This month is National Walking Month, and recent figures from Public Health England show that an alarmingly high level of people aged between 40 and 60 are dang

Toxic caterpillar outbreak in London and surrounding areas

Toxic caterpillar outbreak in London and surrounding areas

May 8 2018

The Oak processionary moth (OPM) has thousands of toxic hairs over its body which it can eject. These hairs contain an irritating substance called thaumetopoein which, if come into contact with, can cause fevers, eye irritation, skin rashes, trigger asthma attacks and vomiting.

What is shingles and why do we need to vaccinate against it?

What is shingles and why do we need to vaccinate against it?

April 23 2018

World Immunisation Week (24-30 April) celebrates the value of vaccines and how they save millions of lives across the globe every year. Here we look at a vaccine of particular interest to older people.

National Stop Snoring Week - April 23-27

National Stop Snoring Week - April 23-27

April 23 2018

For the percentage of the population tortured by the nocturnal rumblings of a partner, snoring is no joke but their whistling, clicking, rolling thunder can tell you a great deal about a person’s health and it may also point the way to a silent night.

A bit of advice for London Marathon 2018 runners

A bit of advice for London Marathon 2018 runners

April 19 2018

It’s set to be a scorcher this Sunday, and while most of us will be pulling out the BBQ, over 40,000 people will be putting on their running shoes to take part in the 2018 London Marathon. 

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