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Support to stop smoking

Getting active

Managing your weight

Healthy weight management for children and families

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

NHS Health Check

Local Alcohol and Drug services

Sexual health services

Childhood Injury prevention

Workplace Wellbeing

Seasonal Flu End of Year Report 2015 - 16

Screening and Immunisation Annual Report

Group for Adults Bereaved by Suicide

New resource to help you support young people who self-harm:   HarmLess

Support to stop smoking

You are more likely to successfully quit smoking if you get support. There are trained stop smoking advisors in every GP surgery in Bath and North East Somerset and the majority of pharmacies also offer support. Drop in sessions in various community venues are also available.

Other support and information available:

Getting active

Being physically active can help you to live a longer, healthier life. In Bath and North East Somerset only 1 in 5 people exercise for the recommended time each week.

There is a range of free or low cost schemes to help you get active locally. Check out our Passport to Health programme for details of support available through your GP.

Find out more information on cycling whether you want to know about training, routes, bike loan or cycle to work schemes.

Managing your weight

Being the right weight for you height will help you stay healthy. Although many people put on weight as they get older, this can be avoided by building more activity into your daily routine and by eating a healthy diet. 

Speak to your GP or local health professional for more information.

Other useful websites:

Healthy weight management for children and families

 Local Support for families in Bath and North East Somerset

The food we eat is central to health and children’s diets are an important influence on their health now and in the future.

Virgin Care Services Limited will provide the majority of the services previously provided by Sirona Care & Health from 1 April 2017. The services will still provide the same support, be funded in the same way and in most cases you will continue to see the same colleagues as you have seen before. If you have questions, please speak to the team from the service you work with – or you can contact Virgin Care’s Customer Services Team on 0300 303 9509, or by email: customerservices@virgincare.co.uk. See http://bathneshealthandcare.nhs.uk/

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

Every council area in England takes part in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) and this involves measuring the height and weight of reception and year 6 children. Helping children to achieve a healthy weight is both a national and local priority and the NCMP programme helps us, the NHS and other organisations to plan what support might be needed and what kind of services to put in place.

We know your child’s health and wellbeing is very important to you which is why once the measurements have been completed we will send you your child’s measurements. You can use this information to check if your child is growing as expected for their age. This information is important as it supports the decisions you are already making about your child’s lifestyle.

Locally over one in five children in Reception are overweight or obese, rising to one in three in Year Six. Because the number of children being overweight has gradually increased, we have slowly become used to it. It can be difficult to tell if your child is overweight as they may look similar to other children of their age. By recording their measurements, we can get an accurate measure.

Research shows that if your child is overweight now, they are more likely to be overweight as an adult, which can lead to health problems in later life. This measurement is an important way of checking how your child is growing.

Should I share these results with my child?

The results are sent to you, so the decision whether to talk to your child about them is entirely yours. Some parents or carers like to discuss the results with their child and then decide together whether to make any changes to the family’s diet or activity levels. Others decide to make subtle changes without telling them. There is no right or wrong answer and the decision depends on your individual circumstances. Advice to parents and carers on how to talk to their child about their weight, if you feel this would be useful is available from the charity Weight Concern

What happens on the day?

The measurements are supervised by trained staff from the School Nurse Service. Children are fully dressed except for their coats and shoes and the measurements are done sensitively in private.  The individual measurements will never be shared with teachers, other children or your child - unless you choose to do so.

Does my child have to do this?

No they do not. Some parents may choose to opt out of the NCMP programme and you will be offered the chance to do this when you receive the NCMP letter through your child’s school. We do recommend that your child takes part so you can check if your child is growing as expected for their age.

 Advice for parents and carers

We know that weight is not the only thing that affects a child’s health and that as parents, you have more information to go on than weight alone in judging what is best for your child.  However, the results are designed to help you in understanding if your child’s height and weight are growing as expected

  • Children’s weight can be checked using the NHS calculator

  • NHS advice on diet and physical activity for healthy growth in children is available on their website

  • Families can register for free with Change4Life and get lots of practical information about healthy recipes, things to do to keep active and much more.

  • The results may be reassuring but they may also surprise or worry you. If you would like to talk to a Health Professional about your child’s results have a chat with your school nurse or make an appointment to see your GP.

 NHS Health Check

Last year in Bath & North East Somerset over 6000 people took up the offer of a free NHS Health Check.

The NHS Health Check programme is delivered through all GP Surgeries in Bath and North East Somerset and the following pharmacies in Bath:

Everyone aged 40 – 74, who has not been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, will be invited for a NHS Health Check once every five years.

The free Check is to assess a person’s risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and stroke. It takes about 20 – 30 minutes and includes simple tests to check cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI. You will receive the results of these tests at the Check and be told what they mean for you. Some people may have to have an additional blood test depending on their results.

You will be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Treatment or medication may be prescribed to help you maintain your health.

Even if you’re feeling well, it’s worth having your NHS Health Check now so you can lower your chances of developing these health problems in the future. If you receive a letter from your GP inviting you for a Check please do take up the offer.

For further information about the NHS Health Check talk to your GP or visit:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-health-check/Pages/nhs-health-check.aspx

How healthy is your heart? Use this tool to find out if your heart age is higher or lower than your actual age:  https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/heartage.aspx 

Local Alcohol and Drug services

Regularly drinking above recommended levels increases your risk of developing serious health problems such as liver damage, cancer and heart disease. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in Bath and North East Somerset are drinking at levels which risk harming their health.

For more information or if you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking talk to your GP in the first instance or contact Bath and North East Somerset’s drug and alcohol service DHI on 01225 329 411. 

Other sources of advice and information on cutting down:

Drinkline is a national helpline available by calling 0800 917 8282. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and calls are free from a landline

Sexual Health Services

The Riverside Clinic, James Street West, Bath

Phone: 01225 831593

Web: http://www.ruh.nhs.uk/sexualhealth/about_us/index.asp

For free, friendly, non-judgemental and confidential testing, treatment and advice including:

Testing for sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia and gonorrhoea

  • Diagnosis and treatment of genital warts and herpes
  • HIV and Syphilis testing
  • Hepatitis A, B and C testing
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccinations for those who have been, or could be at risk
  • Contraception, including emergency contraception, injections and implants, contraceptive pills and intrauterine devices/systems (also known as coils)
  • Pregnancy testing and advice
  • Sexual assault follow-up care
  • Free condoms
  • PEPSE (Post Exposure Prophylaxis following sexual exposure for HIV)
  • Outpatient care for persons with HIV
  • Telephone advice line

All clinics are open to anyone, of any age and we provide both walk in and booked appointments.

Opening Hours

Testing, treatment and advice for sexually transmitted infections


Walk In clinics


Monday, Wednesday & Friday  Turn up between 08.15-11am and you will be seen. Please be aware that when the walk-in clinics are extremely busy we may need to limit the number of people we see. This only happens very occasionally and we will do our utmost to arrange an alternative appointment time.

Booked appointments
Appointments are available Monday-Friday. To book please speak with our receptionists on: 
Tel 01225 831593
Sexual Health Advice
Health advisers are available Monday-Friday to give information and advice. If they are not available please leave a message on the secure answer service and they will get back to you.
Tel 01225 831593

Contraception

Walk-in clinics:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3pm-5pm
Booked appointments:
Mon: 10am-3pm Tue: 2pm-3pm and 5pm-7pm Thu: 11.30am-3pm Fri: 11am-3pm
Saturday opening:
11am-2pm for walk-in appointments

Keynsham Clinic, Keynsham Health Centre, St Clements Road BS31 1AF

Phone: 01179 461059 (clinic opening times ONLY)

Appointments: 01225 831593 (office hours)

Opening hours

Walk-in clinics:
Wednesdays 6pm-8.30pm

For details of more sexual health services including those offered by general practices and community pharmacies in Bath and North East Somerset click here:

http://www.nhs.uk/service-search/Sexual-health-services/ba25rp/Results/609/-2.37260699272156/51.3581733703613/1847/0?distance=25

For further information on contraception click here:

http://www.fpa.org.uk/help-and-advice/contraception-help

For further information on sexually transmitted infections click here

http://www.fpa.org.uk/help-and-advice/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis-help 

Childhood Injury prevention

Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability to children in the UK. Many of these injuries can be prevented. In B&NES advice and support is available through road safety, public protection, Avon Fire Service, children’s centres and health visitors on the risks to children and how to prevent them.

The Council’s Home Safety Equipment scheme helps families to keep their children safe through the provision and fitting of free safety gates, fireguards and smoke alarms. Families access this scheme through their Health Visitor.

For more information on injury prevention activities in Bath and North East Somerset visit the Avonsafe website.

Workplace Wellbeing

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is an opportunity for employers to demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce by taking a holistic approach to common workplace problems like stress and anxiety.

If your workplace would like to work towards gaining the Charter visit the Workplace Wellbeing Charter webpage for more information or contact B&NES Public Health team to talk about local support tel: 01225 394068 or email:  public_health@bathnes.gov.uk       

N.B. Some of these strategies and policies will have been written and signed whilst the team were still part of the NHS.

Bath & North East Somerset group to support adults who have been bereaved by suicide

Public Health and Bath District Cruse Bereavement have joined forces to set up a support group for adults bereaved by suicide that will meet every third Wednesday of the month at the Open House Centre, Manvers Street Baptist Church in Bath starting 21st September 2017, 18.30 – 20.00.  The group is run by trained volunteers who have themselves been bereaved or affected by suicide.  Please promote the group through your networks.    Please click here to download a poster with information regarding the meeting times.

New resource to help you support young people who self-harm:  HarmLess 

Developed by Oxford Health, HarmLess is a new web based resource for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming. In Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) it has been agreed by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) that the information contained on this website replaces previous guidance to staff working with children and young people who self-harm.    

Anyone currently using the document Multi Agency Guidelines for Professionals Working with Children and Young People who Self-harm should note that this is now out of date and will shortly be removed from circulation. 

HarmLess offers users a range of resources including:-

  • Up to date information about both thoughts and acts of self-harm, and risks and triggers for young people

  • Guidance on how to react and talk to young people who are self-harming using the acronym SLEEP  (Stop, Listen, Empathise, Explore, Plan)

  • An online assessment tool to work through with a young person. This generates a safety plan

  • Links to others useful resources and web sites

  • Links to B&NES Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Anyone working with children and young people are invited to an autumn HarmLess launch event (see flyer)

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