On this page you will find information on:
- Confidential advice
- Female health issues
- Male health issues
- Sexual Health
- HPV vaccination
- Alcohol Awareness
- Stress and Anxiety
- Insomnia (unable to sleep)
What ever the reason for your visit to the Practice we offer everyone, including those under 16, a confidential service in a safe environment.
This means that:
Anything you say to us will be treated with respect.
We have a duty to keep you safe. Confidentiality will only be broken in very exceptional circumstances, for example:
When there is, in our professional judgement, a strong suspicion that you might harm others or that you might harm yourself.
When someone under 18 discloses that he/she is being physically, sexually or emotionally abused and that not taking any action would put that person at further risk.
When it is disclosed that other young people (under 18) are being abused or at risk, for example brothers or sisters being abused at home.
When a court order is issued to the Practice
Female - teenage health issues - Live Well- Health tools - NHS Choices
NHS teenage female video wall on health matters for teenage females. Real-life stories provide advice on dealing with eating disorders
Male - teenage health issues - Live Well - NHS Choices - Live Well
Introduction to teenage male health articles and videos. Includes sexual health, stop smoking advice, alcohol and healthy eating
Vagina problems: a visual guide -
Am I drinking too much alcohol?
Some signs that you could be misusing alcohol include:
- feeling that you should cut down on your drinking
- other people have been criticising your drinking, which may annoy you
- feeling guilty or bad about your drinking
- needing a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover
Some signs that someone you know may be misusing alcohol include:
- if they regularly exceed the recommended daily limit for alcohol
- if they are sometimes unable to remember what happened the night before because of their drinking
- if they fail to do what was expected of them due to their drinking – for example, missing an appointment or work because they were drunk or hungover
Risks of alcohol misuse
Over 2009 and 2010, around one million hospital admissions were due to an alcohol-related condition or injury.
The short-term risks of alcohol misuse include:
- alcohol poisoning, which may include vomiting, seizures (fits) and unconsciousness
- accidents and injuries requiring hospital treatment, such as a head injury
- violent behaviour that might lead to being arrested by the police
- unprotected sex that could potentially lead to unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- loss of possessions, such as a wallet, keys or phone, leading to feelings of anxiety
Long-term alcohol misuse is a major risk factor for a wide range of serious conditions, such as:
As well as health problems, long-term alcohol misuse can lead to social problems such as unemployment, divorce, domestic abuse and homelessness.
STRESS AND ANXIETY
From time to time, everyone feels stressed or anxious – these feelings are quite normal reactions to challenging events in our lives... and indeed, they can be useful since they can act as warning signs and tell us that perhaps we need to slow down or to be careful and think about what we are planning to do.
How stress and anxiety affect people
Stress and anxiety can affect you physically and mentally – they can make it hard to:
- Take decisions
- Deal with frustration
- Control your temper
- Keep your sense of humour
Or they can make a person feel restless and jumpy, to have problems sleeping, to feel breathless, to feel fearful, to have headaches or even to feel sick or dizzy.
When stress or anxiety builds up to the point that the feelings are really strong, some people can also have what are called “panic attacks”. They may “freeze” and be totally unable to deal with the situation that is worrying them.
It’s important to look after your own health needs and to take action and get some help if you feel that the stress or anxiety you are feeling is building up.
Sometimes people who are stressed or anxious feel very trapped and can’t think of a way out of the situation that is bothering them – if this is the case, it can be very helpful to find someone you trust to talk to. They can help you to:
- see the situation from another perspective
- make a plan of what you need to do – and the things that can wait
- work out what you might do differently
- share the load – which might include identifying someone who can take over some tasks for you.
Ideas for relieving stress and anxiety
It can be very helpful to think ahead about the situations that stress you or make you feel anxious and to plan how you might deal with them differently – visualise the situation going really well and how this might feel.
Take decisions one at a time and plan in small steps what you can achieve – trying to do everything can often feel overwhelming and can lead to nothing being done... which then adds to the stress and anxiety you are feeling.
Remember to have enough to eat and drink and to get enough sleep.
Do something you enjoy beforehand – go for a walk, listen to some music, do some cooking, talk to your friends – and plan something nice for afterwards as well.
Take regular breaks from what you are doing – sometimes it is better to stop, review what the situation is and re-plan rather than battling on to complete something.
For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/understanding-stress.aspx
Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning, even though you've had enough opportunity to sleep.
Most people have problems sleeping at some point in their life. It's thought that a third of people in the UK have bouts of insomnia. It's difficult to define what normal sleep is as everyone is different. Your age, lifestyle, environment and diet all play a part in influencing the amount of sleep you need.
The most common symptoms of insomnia are:
- difficulty falling asleep
- waking up during the night
- waking up early in the morning
- feeling irritable and tired and finding it difficult to function during the day
Stress and anxiety are a common cause of insomnia