BBC Health and Medical News

Health News Spot - Health warning! Clicking any item will take you to the full BBC news item which can be distracting!

Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Accurate blood tests mean more groups can give blood safely, experts say.

Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

The company initially said it didn't want to "incentivise inappropriate use" of the pill.

NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

The proposals are criticised for "disproportionately affecting" poorer families.

'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

The secret to an HIV vaccine may be in a cow's tummy, US researchers say.

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

They include hearing loss, smoking, and not finishing secondary education, a study says.

Aids deaths halve as more get drugs

One million people died from Aids last year, according to UNAids.

Half of pupils expelled from school 'mentally ill'

A study suggests if those with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher.

'Too many' patients locked in for mental health care

England's health regulator says a high proportion of people should be cared for closer to home.


CHARITIES

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GENERAL

Very good general health website from the NHS information about illnesses, diseases, finding your BMI, growing old gracefully, care of the elderly, over 50s health, children's health, mens' health, women's health, addictions and much more. Really important stuff. Give it a browse and you might live longer!

British Medical Acupuncture Society. Contains information about meetings and advice for patients and health professionals plus search facility to find acupuncturists in TN11 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

The Tonbridge Clinic

339 Shipbourne Rd, Tonbridge TN10 3EU, UK – 01732 350255

After 9 months of trying to sort out a painful Achilles tendon problem, sadly without any lasting success, I eventually decided to visit The Tonbridge Clinic back in November 2016. Fortunately, I was introduced to Tim Versey Smith and he quickly established the likely cause of my heel pain. With his guidance and support over a few short months, the daily pain that I had been experiencing has disappeared and I have even managed to meet my goal of getting back to regular running. Thank you very much Tim. Dealing with Tim and other members of the team at The Tonbridge Centre has been a real pleasure. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending their services.

Thanks to Tim Veysey-Smith for his help with a tendon injury I picked up when running. I had trouble even with walking when I first had the injury and now I am back running thanks to good advice on how long to rest and on the strength exercises I needed to do. Very glad I went to Tonbridge Clinic - highly recommend.

Ananda Clinic

231 Hadlow Rd E, Tonbridge TN10 4LR, UK – 01732 850695

If you want to be treated holistically then give this place a ring. I can recommend Sally Dean for acupuncture.

Hilden Chiro

V02 Maximum, The Walled Garden, Noble Tree Rd, Hildenborough, Tonbridge TN11 8ND, UK – 07506 737633

My cousin recommended this place for me. He told me it worked wonders for his back problem. He certainly was not lying. I have had intense back pain for the past 6 years of my life , especially my lower back. With a combination of adjustments and physical therapy my pain is gone! The staff have all been nice to me and very caring. I can only strongly recommend this local clinic to anyone.

Andrew is the best local chiropractor and I am now a regular patient at his place. I make weekly visits and consider it part of my health and wellness routine.

Complementary Healthare Information Service UK with information about all sorts of alternative therapies from Acupuncture to Bowen technique to Reiki and Yoga.  Search for alternative health practitioners in Kent.

Alternative Medicine

The Tonbridge Clinic

339 Shipbourne Rd, Tonbridge TN10 3EU, UK – 01732 350255

After 9 months of trying to sort out a painful Achilles tendon problem, sadly without any lasting success, I eventually decided to visit The Tonbridge Clinic back in November 2016. Fortunately, I was introduced to Tim Versey Smith and he quickly established the likely cause of my heel pain. With his guidance and support over a few short months, the daily pain that I had been experiencing has disappeared and I have even managed to meet my goal of getting back to regular running. Thank you very much Tim. Dealing with Tim and other members of the team at The Tonbridge Centre has been a real pleasure. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending their services.

Thanks to Tim Veysey-Smith for his help with a tendon injury I picked up when running. I had trouble even with walking when I first had the injury and now I am back running thanks to good advice on how long to rest and on the strength exercises I needed to do. Very glad I went to Tonbridge Clinic - highly recommend.

Ananda Clinic

231 Hadlow Rd E, Tonbridge TN10 4LR, UK – 01732 850695

If you want to be treated holistically then give this place a ring. I can recommend Sally Dean for acupuncture.

Kent Boot Camps

Noble Tree Rd, Hildenborough, Tonbridge TN11 8ND, UK – 01732 808429

Kent Boot Camp is great, instructors always lively and encouraging, has really helped me to sort out aches and pains. I now feel stronger, fitter and leaner than I have for years. Varied activities, works your whole body, outdoors and with a friendly bunch of supportive bootcampers. One can work at your own level, make the exercises easier or harder. Convenient session times and long enough to get a good workout while fitting in with a busy life. The instructors really look after you, all very well qualified, they make sure you warm up, that you're doing the exercises correctly, warm down and stretch properly at the end of the session. thoroughly recommended!

As somebody who has previously failed in the gym, swimming, bicycling etc etc because once the initial burst of enthusiasm has waned it is just plain boring, Boot Camp has been a revelation. I am now in to my second year and the varied, lively outdoors sessions with a group of like minded individuals is just great. Instructors are knowledgeable and understand the different capabilities in the group. All is run with a good dose of humour with the aim of helping everybody achieve their goals. I am probably fitter that I have been for 30+ years (still a long way to go) and certainly a different shape! Very much recommended.

Useful NHS site with information for every type of carer. It provides details of the services or benefits affecting carers, carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others. Find out if you will have to pay for your own long term care, research money and financial implications, the wellbeing of all carers, the needs of young carers. Search for carer services such as dementia care and respite breaks around Leigh or anywhere in the UK with the search facility.

This is a good NHS site for finding doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals and urgent care in TN11 or anywhere in England. It also lists Dentists accepting NHS patients!

BBC Healthy Lifestyle Website - the importance of exercise, exercise for children, diet and finess plans.

This is the NHS website with information about all sorts of mental health issues including depression, breakdowns, phobias, self-harm, over-eating and more.

Search for mental health services in TN11 or anywhere in England.

Health A to Z, conditions and illnesses, symptom checker. Online discussions and communities, news and topical articles.

NHS site for England and Wales. Health A to Z of conditions and illnesses. Information about the NHS and its services and management. Search for NHS services in TN11 and Leigh.

Health companion for travellers - offers customized medical kits and advice on medication. Check the tablet and vaccination requirements and tips.

The NHS website with advice for healthy travelling - inoculations required for travel, inflight health. Lots of stuff that you did not Know you did not Know - some of it really important!

Useful travel health website from NHS with travel advice and search facility to find where to get a yellow fever innoculation around Leigh.

Healthy Audio

For many conditions and symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Emotional recovery after breast cancer, redundancy, confidence & self esteem, anxiety and many more. Many on offer. Professional, caring and thoughtful company.

St Mary's Church
Leigh, Kent
Vicar: Rev'd Lionel Kevis
01732 833022


Coffee Stop
Meet up with friends and make new ones over coffee. 10.00 - 11.30 am every Wednesday in the Genner Room, St Marys Church, Leigh.
Tea and cake also available.

Pet Service in the Marquee on the Green
10am on 7th September