Health and medical advice
NHS health and medical advice
Follow these links for advice from the NHS:
- NHS Choices - your health, your choices including Live Well.
- Find your nearest GP, dentist, optician or pharmacy
Independent, Free and Confidential Advocacy Service supporting the residents of Cornwall
Have you or a loved-one experienced poor NHS Treatment? Do you want to make a difference to your local health services? Is someone you know an inpatient in a Mental Health hospital?
SeAp (Support Empower Advocate Promote) advocacy can help you to raise your concerns and support you to have your voice heard by helping you through the NHS Complaint Process.
SeAp advocacy can listen and support inpatients get the help needed via our specially trained Mental Health Advocates who regularly visit the wards.
If you would like further information or to discuss your concerns
please call 0300 343 5706 or drop in to any of the following hospital locations
Keeping well in winter
You will find advice on how to reduce fuel poverty, the risks of low temperatures and high humidity in homes, and grants available for insulation and heating, as well as general advice on keeping warm and eating well, on the Winter Wellbeing page.
Health and social care hubs in Cornwall
Find out how health and social care hubs are developing in Cornwall on the Health and social care hubs programme page. There are regular newsletters to keep everyone up to date, and much more.
Strategy to reduce health Inequalities
Health is everybody’s business, well being is everyone’s responsibility.
Please follow this link to see information about the strategy to reduce health Inequalities.
Books on health and wellbeing
Please have a look at the Library Service's Wellbeing page where you can find information about Books on Prescription for mental health or dementia, books for people who are visually impaired and the home library for people who are unable to get to a library.
You can also go to Explore your library and enter a word such as 'books on dementia', or whatever your interest might be, in the search box. This will take you straight to the booklist in the online library catalogue, where you can reserve them online for collection at your local library.
Cornwall's Health and Well Being Strategy
The strategy sets tough targets for improvement by 2020, including:
- Ending child poverty
- Cutting levels of smoking
- Reducing levels of obesity in adults and children
- Safe and warm housing
- Maximising people's incomes
Please follow this link to find out more about Cornwall's Health and Well Being Strategy.
Choose Better Campaign
The Choose Better Campaign has been launched to help people get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. The campaign is designed to signpost you to the relevant healthcare services for your needs and to help keep Accident and Emergency departments free, for those who really need them. To find out more, go to the Choose Better page on NHS Kernow's website, with tips, advice and easy read information on what to do if you fall ill.
The Kernow CCG has produced a factsheet giving this information in easy read format. Please take a look at this factsheet and pass to friends, colleagues or relatives that you think might benefit from the information in this format.
Carbon monoxide checks
Did you know that many people who are over pension age, disabled, chronically sick and receiving pension credit, council tax benefit or housing benefit can get a free gas check from their energy supplier? This could prove a life-saver, helping reduce the risk of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning in their homes.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, highly poisonous gas found in carbon-based fuel appliances. Poisoning is caused by badly-adjusted burners, blocked flues, dirty jets and poor ventilation, all of which can be easily picked up during a routine gas safety check. Also, CO alarms are recommended, and cost only £25 from high street retailers.
The symptoms of CO poisoning are easily mistaken for flu, but it can kill in minutes. Watch out for:
- Mild headache
There are many services in Cornwall that aim to increase your health and wellbeing. Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing's Cornwall Community Directory lists local services and organisations that can help you with support at home, leisure activities, getting around, health and wellbeing, work, learning and volunteering, advice, information and money matters, staying safe, caring for someone and housing and care homes. There is also a 'What's On' section where you can find details of events, activities, courses and more.
Go to the Cornwall Community Directory to see if we can help!