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Quit smoking

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too - and they start almost immediately. It's never too late to quit. Let's do this!


Download the free NHS Smokefree app

Download the free NHS Smokefree app to help you quit smoking and start breathing easier.

The app allows you to:

  • track your progress
  • see how much you're saving
  • get daily support

If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you're 5 times more likely to quit for good!


Quitting tips

You have made a great decision to give up smoking. Here are some tips to help you succeed.

Once you have picked your quit date, remember to add it to your calendar.

  1. List your reasons to quit
  2. Tell people you're quitting
  3. If you have tried to quit before, remember what worked
  4. Use stop smoking aids
  5. Have a plan if you are tempted to smoke
  6. List your smoking triggers and how to avoid them
  7. Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy
  8. Exercise away the urge
  9. Join the Facebook group for support and advice

Good luck. Throw away all your cigarettes before you start. Remember, there is never "just 1 cigarette". You can do it!


We Can Help

We have a wide range of products that can help you quit smoking for good. Ranging from chewing gums, to patches as well as prescription strength treatments that are available through our online consultation service

Over the Counter Range


Prescription Strength Treatments


Alcohol

For those who are struggling with alcohol, it is important to speak to your GP who will be able to discuss your problems with you in depth, and advise you on what is best for you. You can use the link below to find alcohol services close to where you live.

NHS Alcohol Services


Healthy Lifestyle

It is important to make sure you are not drinking moe than is safe. As it is easy to lose track of what you consume, you can use the helpful tools on the Alcohol Change UK website to help you understand your drinking habits. They have a lot of interactive tools to help you fully understand your intake, as well as advice on what can do to stay health.

Alcohol Change UK

 

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics are no longer routinely used to treat infections because:

  • many infections are caused by viruses, so antibiotics are not effective
  • antibiotics are often unlikely to speed up the healing process and can cause side effects
  • the more antibiotics are used to treat trivial conditions, the more likely they are to become ineffective for treating more serious conditions
  • Both the NHS and health organisations across the world are trying to reduce the use of antibiotics, especially for health problems that are not serious.

For example, antibiotics are no longer routinely used to treat:

  • chest infections
  • ear infections in children
  • sore throats
  • Antibiotic resistance and 'superbugs'

The overuse of antibiotics in recent years means they're becoming less effective and has led to the emergence of "superbugs". These are strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotics, including:

  • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
  • the bacteria that cause multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • These types of infections can be serious and challenging to treat, and are becoming an increasing cause of disability and death across the world.
  • The biggest worry is that new strains of bacteria may emerge that cannot be treated by any existing antibiotics.

    It is very important that you follow your doctors advice on antibiotics. And if prescribed them, you complete your full course of treatment


    Weight Loss


    Download the free NHS Weight Loss App

    Download the free NHS Weight Loss app to help you lose weight.

    The app allows you to:

    • set weight loss goals
    • use the BMI calculator to customise your plan
    • plan your meals
    • make healthier food choices
    • get more active and burn more calories
    • record your activity and progress

    The app makes it easy for you – just take it one week at a time.


    Weight Loss Tips

    You have made a great choice to lose weight. Here are some tips to help you succeed.

    1. List your reasons to lose weight
    2. Don't script breakfast
    3. Eat plenty of fruit and veg
    4. Drink plenty of water
    5. Use the food labels to help
    6. Eat from a smaller plate

    Good luck.


    We Can Help

    We have a wide range of products that can help you lose weight. Explore our range by clicking the options below.

    Over the Counter Range


    Prescription Strength Treatments


    Mental Health

    Mental Health issues can affect anyone and people often experience different symptoms and feelings. It is important you access the help you need.


    NHS Mental Advice

    Sexual Health

    Sexual Health issues can affect anyone and people often experience different symptoms or not at all. It is important you speak to a medical professional if you are concerned there is something wrong.


    NHS Mental Advice

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