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How To Get Help for your Pain

Published on 19th September 2018

Twenty eight million people in the UK suffer from chronic pain but there are lots of ways you can get help. This page looks at how to get help for your pain. Talk your Local Pharmacist. “Community pharmacists are well placed to offer patients a service to help manage their pain.” 28 million adults in […]

Pollen Calendar

Published on 18th July 2018

A pollen calendar can be used to track your hay fever symptoms in order to determine which plants/trees you are allergic to. This can help to ensure that you are taking anti-histamines at the right time of the year. How to Use. Each week of the spring and summer months has a box. Put an […]

Pain Diary

Published on 18th July 2018

Using a pain dairy can help you and your doctor/healthcare professional to understand your pain and what effects it. It can also help you to discuss your symptoms with healthcare professions and family members. This can, in turn help you manage your pain and to aid the finding of the most effective treatments. How to […]

Conjunctivitis Infection

Published on 12th July 2018

Conjunctivitis is a common eye condition that affects the thin, transparent lining of tissue called the conjunctiva, the conjunctiva lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white of the eye. Conjunctivitis infection is often referred to as red eye.   What are the symptoms of Conjunctivitis? Conjunctivitis can be in one or […]


Published on 4th July 2018

Vertigo is not a condition it is a specific symptom and there is usually a underlying condition causing vertigo. It makes you feel dizzy and that everything around you is spinning, so affecting your balance. An attack can last for anything from a few seconds to hours. In severe cases it can last for days. […]

Kidney’s and Kidney Stones

Published on 9th May 2018

The Kidney Your body has two kidneys one on each side of your abdomen, they are shaped like a bean. Each kidney is about the size of fist, the kidneys make urine, which then drains down the tubes (ureter’s) and into the bladder. The bladder then stores the urine until you pass it through the […]

Urine Infections (UTI) Cystitis

Published on 2nd May 2018

Urine infections or UTI’s can affect different parts of your urinary tract. If your bladder is affected it is called cystitis, if the urethra is affected it is called urethritis and if the kidneys are infected is is called a kidney infection. Urine infections are common, irritating conditions that usually affect women, though men and […]

Obesity – Weight Loss – BMI

Published on 1st May 2018

What is Obesity? Overweight and obesity are defined by the WHO (World Health Organisation) as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. The most common way a person’s weight can be classified is by using the body mass index (BMI). BMI is a useful measure of whether you are a healthy weight for […]

Type 2 Diabetes

Published on 28th March 2018

          Type 2 diabetes, also known as non insulin dependent diabetes, is the most common type of diabetes. Type 2 usually appears in older people (over 40) though as levels of obesity in the UK are rising, more and more younger people are being diagnosed. Type 2 happens when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to […]

Diabetes complications

Published on 28th March 2018

What complications can develop from diabetes? Complications can occur when diabetes is not kept under control, so is is very important to check levels regularly and attend regular check ups. Complications that can occur can include any of the following: (click the link for further information): Atherosclerosis Eye Problems- Retinopathy Diabetic Kidney disease Diabetic Neuropathy […]


Published on 28th March 2018

What is hypoglycaemia? If you take insulin or tablets to control diabetes you may occasionally suffer a ‘hypo’, this is more common with people who have type 1 diabetes. Hypo is short for hypoglycaemia and it occurs when blood sugar levels fall below normal. A normal glucose level should be between 4-6mmol/l before meals and less than […]


Published on 28th March 2018

What is hyperglycaemia? Hyperglycaemia occurs when your glucose levels become too high, usually above 7mmol/l before a meal and 8.5mmol/l 2 hours after a meal. The occasional high reading is not a problem but if levels become very high regularly your diabetes is not being controlled and this can lead to serious complications. What causes hyperglycaemia? Hyperglycaemia […]