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Easter Pharmacy Opening Times in East Berkshire

Please find information below on Easter Pharmacy Opening Times in East Berkshire. Remember, your GP surgery will be closed some of the time over Easter. However, your pharmacy can help you with many minor ailments and can often save you a trip to the GP, so it’s very much worth knowing when your nearest pharmacy

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Choose Better – Using The Right Health Service

Getting The Right Care For You   When you or one of your family is feeling poorly or under the weather there are many different and easily accessible services to help.   Call NHS 111 – your gateway to the NHS When you need help fast but it’s not an emergency and you are unsure

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Coughs, Colds, Antibiotics & Pneumonia

A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It’s very common and usually clears up on its own within a week or two. The main symptoms of a cold include: A sore throat A blocked or runny nose Sneezing A cough A short period of fever during a

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International Volunteer Day

  Information taken from: http://www.volunteernow.co.uk/supporting-organisations/campaigns/international-volunteer-day     International Volunteer Day takes place every year on 5th December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for,

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  Information taken from: Helping You Stay Independent Guide 2016/17   DisabledGo – The Bracknell Forest Access Guides DisabledGo provides access guides to over 500 venues and services in Bracknell Forest. The guides allow people of all abilities to know what facilities are available at these locations. These guides are normally available via the computer

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Self-Care Week 2016 in Bracknell Forest

Self-Care Week – helping you help yourself Self Care Week 2016 in Bracknell Forest was run in partnership between Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the Better Care Fund’s Prevention and Self-Care programme. Building on the successes of the previous Self Care Week events held in Bracknell Forest

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Atrial Fibrillation Campaign (July 2016 – November 2016)

  This campaign, which was the fourth Prevention and Self-Care campaign of 2016, was initially scheduled to be the “Winter Messages 2016” campaign. However the focus of the campaign was changed to raise awareness to the public on Atrial Fibrillation and the risk of Stroke. This decision was made by senior members of the Prevention and Self-Care Board in-line

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Bowel Cancer Screening (October 2016)

Around one in 20 people in the UK develop bowel cancer If bowel cancer is found early enough, there’s more than a 90 per cent chance of successful treatment If you are aged 60 – 74 years old and haven’t received your free screening test kit, please contact 0800 707 60 60 or visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/bowel.

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World Mental Health Day (10th October 2016)

Information taken from: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day   World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work,

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Back Care Awareness Week (3rd-9th October 2016)

Back Care Awareness Week (3rd-9th October 2016) World Spine Day (16th October 2016) World Osteoporosis Day (20th October 2016)     Treating back pain Treatments for back pain vary depending on how long you have had the pain, how severe it is, and your individual needs and preferences. The various treatments for back pain are

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World Heart Day (29th September 2016)

  Information taken from: http://www.world-heart-federation.org/what-we-do/world-heart-day/about-world-heart-day                                              World Heart Day World Heart Day takes place on 29 September every year and is a chance for people across the globe to take part in the world’s

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World Alzheimer’s Day and Month

  September is World Alzheimer’s Month! What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease,

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Choose Better – Using the Right Health Service

Information taken from: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/helping- you-stay- independent-guide-201516.pdf Getting the right care for you When you or one of your family is feeling poorly or under the weather there are many different and easily accessible services to help. Call NHS 111 – your gateway to the NHS When you need help fast but it’s not an emergency and

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Taking Care in the Sun, July 2016

Information taken from: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid- of-Sunstroke Be safe in the sun Sun damage doesn’t just happen when you’re on holiday in the sun. It can happen when you’re not expecting it, for example when you go for a walk or sit in your garden. Take care in the sun and be SMART:  Spend time in the

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Diabetes Week 2016, 12th-18th June 2016

Information taken from: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week/ Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. In 2010, there were approximately 3.1 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) in England. By 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 4.6 million, with 90% of those affected having

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Helping You Stay Independent Guide 2016/17

Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to support and advise people, helping to improve their quality of life; this approach doesn’t just include anyone with a condition but also their family and friends. Our aim is to help people with long-term conditions live a happier life and stop

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SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Information taken from: http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/ http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/homehygiene/Pages/prevent-germs-from-spreading.aspx Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting

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World Asthma Day, Thursday, 5th May 2016

Information taken from: http://www.ginasthma.org/World-Asthma-Day World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. What is Asthma? Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma

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World Health Day 2016: Diabetes Thursday, 7th April 2016

Information taken from: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2016/event/en/ In 2008, an estimated 347 million people in the world had diabetes and the prevalence is growing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In 2012, the disease was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths, with more than 80% of those occurring in low- and middle-income countries. WHO projects that diabetes will be

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Allergy Awareness Week (25th April – 1st May 2016)

Information taken from:  https://www.allergyuk.org/home/home  http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hay-fever/Pages/Prevention.aspx  http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/environmentalhealth  http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Allergies/Pages/Prevention.aspx Allergy UK is the leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK. Allergy UK runs a series of annual awareness weeks to draw attention to the plight of the allergy sufferer. These weeks highlight the issues faced by those with

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World Oral Health Day, Sunday, 20th March 2016

Information taken from: http://www.worldoralhealthday.com/ World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene to looking after everyone oldand young. WOHD 2016 aims to get

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Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016, 14th – 20th March 2016

Why’s Nutrition and Hydration Important? Good nutrition is vital for the health and wellbeing of everyone. It’s particularly important for someone who is recovering from an illness. Eating only a limited diet or not getting enough food can lead to malnutrition. It’s recommended that adults drink the equivalent of six to eight glasses of fluid every day.

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Bracknell Forest Self-Care Guide

The Bracknell Forest Self-Care guide provides information, advice and links to services related to long-term conditions and lifestyle factors. Each chapter has a video which gives a summary of the key messages on each topic.   The Long-Term Conditions Guide gives you practical information and signposting to services to help you manage your condition. Guides

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Hope For New Mental Health Response Scheme in Bracknell Forrest

Residents in Bracknell Forest look set to benefit from a new scheme which is being proposed which would see help being provided to those with mental health issues when dealing with the police. The scheme will change the way in which the police deal with issues where mental health is a factor. Berkshire has seen

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Bracknell Street Doctors Get Ready To Offer Health Checks

As part of the NHS’ Self Care Week activities, Bracknell doctors are taking to the streets to educate residents on how they can take care of themselves, where to seek help for non-emergency situations as well as providing general health advice. Starting on Monday 16th November and lasting for seven days, this is a great

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#LoveYourBones This World Osteoporosis Day

“Wear white on October 20 and embrace better bone health” World Osteoporosis Day World Osteoporosis Day is happening a week today, on Monday (20th October). The day, which takes place on the same date every year, is dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. It

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World Arthritis Day 2015: Monday 12th October

“Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD’s) affect a quarter of all people in the European Union – over 120 million people, of which 10 million reside in the UK. Almost every family in Europe is affected by RMDs in some way” World Arthritis Day RMD’s, or arthritis, as it is more commonly known, will be at the centre of

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World Mental Health Day: 10th October 2015

World Mental Health Day takes place every year on 10th October, and is one of the biggest days in the mental health calendar. Every year, the World Federation of Mental Health and the World Health Organisation focus on a different theme to help improve global mental health education, and increase awareness and advocacy. This year

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Self-Care Week 2015

Get ready for national Self-Care Week 2015 and the health and wellbeing events taking place in Bracknell Forest between 16 and 22 November. Self-Care Week is being supported by Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (BACCG), Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Healthwatch Bracknell Forest, HealthMakers and Shopmobility. Cllr Dale Birch, Bracknell

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Volunteers Required

If you wish to volunteer during Self-Care Week 2015 please follow the instructions on the posters in this section: Self-Care Week 2015 Volunteers Needed Poster Self-Care Week 2015 Volunteer Training Poster Guidance for engaging with the Public

Free Activities on offer during Self Care Week.

There will be a range of free physical activity sessions during the Week. Please see the posters in this section for more information and Email the ASCHH Commissioning Team: ASCHH.CommissioningTeam@bracknell-forest.gov.uk or call 01344 352765 to book your place. Buggy Walk, Monday, 16th November 2015, 10.00: Meet at the front of The Alders and Chestnuts Children’s Centre

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Events and Talks

There will be a range of information events during Self Care Week 2015. Please see the posters in this section for more information: Find out about Self-Care – Tuesday, 3rd November 2015, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Bracknell Open Learning Centre FallsFree4Life Quiz, Tuesday, 17th November, 10:00-13:00, Crowthorne Morgan Centre, RG45 7LD Age Concern Bracknell Forest Self-Care

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Children’s Poster Competition

School and Children’s Centre Poster Competition As part of the Self-Care Week’s School Poster Competition there will be opportunities for children to learn about Self-Care and to win some fantastic prizes including family tickets to The Look Out and Coral Reef, all generously donated by partners and providers supporting the event. Poster competition for Children’s

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Bracknell & Ascot CCG Annual General Meeting

Would you like to have your say on your local NHS services? Next week, Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are holding their AGM, which local residents are warmly invited to attend. The meeting will he held on Tuesday 15th September at 4pm and will take place at: Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, Off Peacock

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World Heart Day: 29th September 2015

“Since the creation of World Heart Day in 2000, the World Heart Federation together with its members has spread the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main modifiable risk factors of tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.” World Heart Day

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

“Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. By the end of this year, there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. By 2025, it is estimated that this figure will have grown

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Bracknell Forest Sees Drop In Number of Pregnant Smokers

New figures for the borough of Bracknell Forest show that the number of pregnant smokers has fallen by 2.5% over the last year. The percentage of pregnant smokers last year was 9.2% and the figure is now 6.7%. Bracknell Forest has seen the largest reduction out of all boroughs within the south-east of England. Local

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HealthMakers: Making A Difference To Those With Long Term Health Conditions

Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group has set up a community of “Healthmakers” to ensure people with long term health conditions are able to offer support to each other. The idea was born from the Olympic “Gamesmakers” initiative, which saw up to 70,000 people provide voluntary services to make the games the success it was.

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International Youth Day: 12th August 2015

This year we are pledging our support for International Youth Day 2015, which takes place on 12th August each year. The day raises awareness of youth issues, by bringing them to the attention of the wider international community and celebrating the contribution and potential of young people in today’s society.   The day also highlights

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