Dental Problems - If you have a dental problem you will need to make an appointment with your dentist. If you are unable to make an appointment or if you are not registered with a dentist, please call the Cornwall Dental Helpline on 01872 354375.
Smoking is UK’s biggest killer, accounting for about 1000 premature deaths each year in Cornwall as well as a heavy toll of illness. We have made great strides in recent years in driving down the number of people smoking – it is now 20 per cent of adults.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Stop Smoking Service works to NICE Guidance and has over 80 trained Stop Smoking Service advisors working across Cornwall, in a variety of settings including: surgeries, hospitals, pharmacies, schools, Children's Centres and other community venues.
The majority of smokers report that they want to stop. Almost nine out of ten (88%) smokers state that they want to quit because of health concerns.
Using the help and support of the Stop Smoking Service is the most cost effective way of quitting is nearly four times more effective than will power alone.
The ASH 'Reckoner' toolkit to help estimate the local health impact and cost of tobacco use estimates that:
* There are 88,564 smokers in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
* Smoking costs Cornwall and Isles of Scilly approximately £175.7 million a year
Contact Reception on 01736 793 333 and ask to book an appointment with our Stop Smoking Advisor - Alison
Visit the Healthy Living Stop Smoking Services website, call (01209) 615600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Go for it, you've got nothing to lose and so much to gain!
Cutting back on alcohol can improve your mental and physical wellbeing. There are plenty of practical ways you can start to cut down and stay on track.
When you’re trying to reduce the amount you’re drinking it’s important to know how to start reducing it safely and how to stay motivated to and how to keep going.
Alcohol and its effects vary from person to person, especially as we age. It’s important to remember that if you have health problems or use illicit drugs or medications (including over the counter medicines) these can also affect how much you are able to drink.
The government has recommended guidelines on alcohol use and these are measured in units. Measuring in units may not come naturally to you – so sometimes it is easier to think about units in terms of actual alcoholic drinks that you’re familiar with.
The government recently set new alcohol guidelines. Guidelines for men and women are now the same and recommend that:
Also to reduce the short-term health risks of drinking (such as injuries from falling over) try to limit the amount you drink in one sitting, drink slowly, try to drink with food and space your drinks with water or soft drinks.
Finally, no known level of drinking is completely safe. (especially in terms of illnesses such as cancer).
Work out how much you really drink at the Addaction Website and find out what additional help is available
Please contact reception if you are concerned about your drinking and would like to discuss this with a member of our Stennack Team
Big life changes often create stress, even happy events like having a baby or planning a wedding.
Feeling like you aren't in control of events in your life – for example, if you're diagnosed with a serious illness or you get made redundant – can also cause stress.
Stress may be related to:
It's important to tackle the causes of stress in your life if you can. Avoiding problems rather than facing them can make things worse.
But it's not always possible to change a stressful situation. You may need to accept there's nothing you can do about it and refocus your energies elsewhere. For example, if you're a carer, find ways to take breaks and do the things you enjoy.
You can't always prevent stress, but there are lots of things you can do to manage stress better.
Other things that may help:
Read how workaholic Arvind learned to deal with stress.
Outlook South West offer psychological therapy services for people aged 16 and above in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Anyone who is registered with a GP practice in Cornwall, can access their NHS-funded therapies for mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression.
To register for help with difficulties such as: stress, low mood, worry, anger, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self-refer by visiting their website
If you are concerned about your stress levels, feeling depressed or anxious please contact Reception to book an appointment with a member of our Stennack Team
Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health?
One in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.
However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.
Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.
It's now clear that a solid night's sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.
If you are experiencing problems with Sleep please visit the following NHS Websites:
Sleep & Tiredness
How to get to Sleep
If you continue to experience problems please contact Reception to book an appointment with a member of our Stennack Team
No matter what your age or ability we can help you lead a happier, healthier life.
Cornwall Healthy Weight are here to support you with weight management, healthy eating and physical activity
Please visit their website for more details or contact Reception to make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses
Are you currently doing at least 5 x 30 minutes of physical activity a week?
As a county, Cornwall is unfortunately not as active or healthy as we could be. So, knowing how easy it is to neglect our bodies and to slip into bad habits, we’ve been working with our partners to put together some informative tips and guidance on what we should be doing and how to get started in doing it.
We’re not here to preach but everyone could do with a helping hand from time to time. And, if you answered ‘No’ to the above question then this could very well be the helping hand you’re looking for…
Please visit the Get Active Cornwall website for more information & to get inspired and motivated to get active and healthy!
Relax - Eat - Move - Sleep
Every part our body affects pretty much every other part. By making small, achievable changes in these four key areas of your life, you can create and maintain good health – and avoid illness. What matters most is balance across all the things you do.
The Stennack Surgery has an emerging interest in the work of Dr Rangan Chatterjee and 'Four Pillars' which is available as a book called 'The Four Pillar Plan'
Dr Rangan Chatterjee is a pioneer in the emerging field of progressive medicine and is changing the way that we look at illness. He is known for finding the root cause of people’s problems by taking a 360 degree approach to health, which was highlighted in his ground-breaking BBC One TV show, Doctor in the House. He is the resident doctor on BBC One’s Breakfast, a regular commentator on BBC Radio and gave an inspirational TEDx talk on making diseases disappear. He writes for The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and has a monthly column on lifestyle medicine in Top Sante. He regularly lectures on his subject at events and conferences around the world and has recently hosted an event at the Eden Project.
As part of its on-going commitment to support the growing number of people across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly with diabetes, NHS Kernow has made over 50 health information videos freely available via a specialised online video library.
The bespoke video library covers topics including general self-care, looking after your feet, getting your eyes checked and preparing for pregnancy when you have diabetes, as well as top tips for healthy eating and much more.
Click on the following link to access the Video Library: https://kernowccg-diabetes.healthandcarevideos.com
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