Church Street SurgeryOssett Health VillageKingswayOssett, WF5 8DFTel: 01924 217667
Did you know?
Every little bit of you is totally amazing and unique to you – we believe it’s worth looking after.
We want to help you to live well and believe it’s more than just avoiding disease. We want to encourage you to take control of your health by being active and making good lifestyle choices that give you a sense of joy and wellbeing.
In other words, we want to help you live life to the full, not just pick up the pieces when your body misfires. Life deals us all a different hand but we get to play the cards. Our choices matter – you can choose to live well.
Body Mind and Spirit
Conditions like panic, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are more common than people think – 1 in 5 people experience anxiety on a daily basis and there is lots of help available if you suffer.
Your mental health is important, we all want to feel good about ourselves and the world around us, and be able to get the most from our lives. There is evidence that good mental wellbeing is important for our physical health and that it can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
Five steps to mental wellbeing Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you approach them with an open mind and try them out you can judge the results yourself. More information about all of these is available from http://www.nhs.uk/.
Connect - connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. There are a list of local groups and services available here.
Be active - you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. You can find a list of local groups available here.
Keep learning - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument or find out how to fix your bike? You can find a list of some local courses by clicking here.
Give to others - even the smallest act can count; whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind work. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre or group, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Click here to find how you can get involved in different groups or which groups may need your help.
Take notice - be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness 'mindfulness', and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
You can find out about a wide range of local services from our directory by clicking on the link below:
Healthy Living Workshops
Anyone over the age of 18 and registered at a Church Street Surgery who would like to know more about making the best of life, reducing stress and improving health can attend workshops run by Turning Point Inspiring Recovery.
It maybe that you are noticing the early warning signs of stress or just that you are wanting to prevent symptoms from occurring. It is also a great way to learn more about what other support Turning Point can offer and refer yourself for further support if required.
The aim of the workshop is to leave you with some ideas to help make some changes. These sessions are delivered by qualified therapists.
A power point presentation will be given by a therapist who will talk you through lots of really helpful tips for improving your mental wellbeing. There will be some group discussion for those who wish to join in. It is ok to be shy and just listen and there is no pressure to disclose any personal or difficult information.
If you cannot do these date or venues but would like to attend, please contact Turning Point on 01924 234 860 or www.turning-point.co.uk, and let them know your requirements, as they may have other events on that are more convenient for you. For more information please speak to a member of staff.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.
We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed, you feel persistently sad, hopeless or unmotivated for weeks or months rather than just a few days. You can also find that you are eating and sleeping much more, or much less than you have in the past.
Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can 'snap out of' by 'pulling yourself together'. Asking for help is a really brave and positive thing, and help exists in loads of different forms for example support, advice or just somebody to talk through.
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery from depression.
If you think you may be depressed there are a number of steps you can take. You might want to make an appointment with your GP to chat things through. Or you might want to do a little bit of research first to find our more about depression.
Look at the Local Health and Wellbeing Services for information that you can access which might be able to help you.
The Happiness Challenge
Many people long for an elusive sense of wellbeing or wholeness. However you try to achieve this, there is growing evidence that practising certain disciplines tends to lead towards happier more fulfilled lives.
Why not give it a go - it could be the best medicine you ever take!
Expert Patient Programme
If you have an ongoing illness or condition, we have a course that could change your life.
Our self-management course – known as the Wakefield Expert Patients Programme (EPP) – is a free NHS course, run by people like you, and it puts you back in control of your condition.
The course can teach you new tools and techniques to manage your health and improve your wellbeing. You can find out more information from Expert Patient Programme. Details about their courses are available here.
Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms including memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. There are estimated to be nearly 4036 people with Dementia living in Wakefield and by 2020 that is set to rise to almost 4813.
We believe that the Practice has a key role to play in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers; the Practice has undertaken considerable staff training with many becoming dementia friends. In addition, the Practice has worked with patients with dementia to ensure that the premises meet their requirements. This resulted in revised signage, improved lighting, strategically placed chairs for sitting, and removal of mats. The Practice is a member of the Safer Places scheme, you can find out more about this by clicking here.
The Practice is keen to enable patients to access dementia assessments, and to refer on for diagnosis and appropriate tests if they want this. If you would like an assessment please speak to a member of staff and we will arrange this. We work closely with an Admiral nurse who provides one-to-one support for patients and carers, if you would like us to refer you to him or arrange an appointment please let us know. All staff members have access to information about local dementia services and help sheets which we can provide for you, this information is also available on the website and kiosk available in the waiting room. In addition, the Practice has a number of services that we run including coffee mornings, gardening groups, singing for health, chair exercises, cancer care support group, walking groups.
We have found the following radio programme incredible useful; it provides an understanding about how Dementia can affect people and some solutions and ideas that people have employed to help them manage and to continue having a fulfilling life (it really is worth a listen):
The Doctor's Dementia BBC Radio Programme
Staying active is incredibly important, especially if you have an illness like Dementia, the following video shows how you can remain active and healthy and reduce the impact of Dementia on your life. The Practice has a number of activities that you can also participate in, please contact a member of staff for more information:
The following video provides more detailed information about what dementia is, how it can affect people and the solutions to problems, some ideas are really simple and we have used some as we have worked to improve the surgery to make it more dementia friendly:
There is lots of information, help and support available to you. The following are some websites that have useful information:
If you would like any more information please speak to a member of staff who would be very happy to help.
Health trainers work from the surgery on a Monday but work in the area throughout the week. They can provide support and advice about:
The Health Trainer service is completely FREE and confidential. More information is available in this leaflet. To access the health trainer service call 01977 665 717 (24 hour confidential answer machine available out of hours) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and wellbeing development workers promote health and wellbeing in older adults and adults with a physical and/or sensory impairment. Through health promotion, education and preventative activities the team supports members of the community to live a healthier lifestyle in groups or on a one-to- basis.
The health and wellbeing team have a directory of social, exercise and support groups in your area where you could meet new people. The team will discuss with you what sort of group you may be interested in, provide you with details and help you make arrangements for your first visit.
View the directories and see what is available in your own area.
The Wakefield health and wellbeing team provides a range of support and advice to local people to help maintain their wellbeing. Speak to us about what additional support is available and how they might be able to help you or someone you know and we can refer you for an appointment.
You can make a self referral to the health and wellbeing development team by contacting them on telephone number: 01977 705473, or by completing a referral form available on our website and sending it to the team by fax on 01977 705473 or by post to the Health and Wellbeing Development Team, c/o Thornycroft Centre, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4AY
The team work across the district to raise awareness of the health benefits of eating a balanced diet. They encourage local people to overcome barriers that stop them from enjoying a healthy diet and run cook and eat sessions that allow people to develop skills, build their knowledge and their experience of choosing and cooking with healthy food.
Contact the team on 01924 361212 ext 228 to find out more.
The self management service deliver the Expert Patients Programme to help people with long terms conditions improve their health and wellbeing and regain some control of their lives.
The Expert Patients Programme is a training course that teaches people how to manage their conditions by using five core skills: problem solving, decision making, making the best of resources, developing effective partnerships with healthcare providers and taking appropriate action.
Contact the team on 01977 665732 to find out more. There are courses available at Church Street Surgery.
The Safe @ Home team support victims of domestic abuse, offering advocacy, emotional support, group work and one-to-one support. The team work with victims and their families to provide clear pathways and care plans in order for people to stay safe. They also provide anger management programmes for perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Contact the team on 0800 9151561 to find out more.
Turning Point Rightsteps
They support individuals aged 18 and over who are registered with a Wakefield GP and who suffer with any of the following common mental health problems:
Depression or low mood
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSD)
Coping with long term physical health conditions or chronic pain
Panic Disorder with / without Agoraphobia
How to access:
You can contact them directly on http://www.turning-point.co.uk/ or call 01924 234 860
Batley Self Help Depression Group
This charity offers support to sufferers of depression. They run talking therapy groups, one to one counselling and active mind activities.
You can contact them directly on http://www.batleyselfhelp.org.uk/ or call 01924 446 413
Rethink Horizons Wakefield is committed to providing services to offenders focusing on housing. The Horizon Service is set up to provide person centred recovery focused support to individuals in their own homes. It is targeted at people who have a diagnosed mental health problem or history of mental health problems and are currently subject to supervision by the National Probation Service.
You can contact them directly on email email@example.com or call 01924 372 853
Teams are based in various centres across the district, working with BME communities experiencing mental health problems.
You can contact them directly on 01924 259 515 – Agrigg and Belle Vue Community Centre or 01977 652 005 – All Saints
Drop-in to beat pregnancy and postnatal ‘blues’
Based at the Families and Babies (FAB) shop in Wakefield city centre this is a drop in service to support women who are pregnant or have a baby under one year old and are experiencing symptoms such as low mood, loss of confidence, sleep difficulties, tearfulness, feelings of guilt and a sense of isolation. There is a Health Visitor and Midwife on hand too should you want to talk to them.
Belinda Gaskell (Health Visitor) 07876 546 363 or June Lee (Midwife) can be contacted prior to the drop-in for an informal chat.
The Star Project
Help and support for people surviving the trauma of rape.
You can contact them directly on 01924 298 954
Mind are a mental health charity who exist to make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone, they can provide support and information.
You can contact them directly on http://www.mind.org.uk/
If you’re under 25 and not sure where to turn to Get Connected can provide help and information, they have a free app and provide a range of services themselves.
You can contact them directly on http://www.getconnected.org.uk/ or call 0808 808 4994 (free)
This is a user-led organisation working to enable people affected by biplor (manic depression) to take control of their lives. They have a network of self-help groups for people with bipolar, their relatives and other friends.
You can contact them directly on http://www.bipolaruk.org.uk/ or call 0207 931 6480
Information and support services for anyone affected by depression.
You can contact them directly on http://www.depressionalliance.org/ or call 0800 123 2320
National charity supporting people experiencing depression and those who care for them
You can contact them directly on http://www.depressionuk.org/ or call 0870 774 4320
Online support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing for 11-17 year olds.
You can contact them directly on http://www.mindfull.org/
Telephone, email and postal support on a range of issues, particularly for people who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk or experiencing any form of abuse. Subjects include relationships, anger, bullying, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, child abuse, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, phobias, eating disorders, self harm. Information on support groups and counsellors.
You can contact them directly on http://www.supportline.org.uk/ or call 01708 765 200
Parents helpline for any adult with concerns about the emotional problems or behaviour of a child or young person (from birth – 25).
You can contact them directly on http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ or call 0808 802 5544
Debt Advice / Help with your money
Wakefield District Citizens Advice Bureaux
0844 499 4138
0800 280 2816 / 0207 760 8980
0808 808 4000
0800 138 1111
Wakefield Council’s Housing Advice Team – advice and advocacy on housing and housing related problems
01924 302 085
These leaflets from Arthritis Research UK are useful safe exercises for you to use at home. Your Nurse or GP might recommend you try these exercises.
'Growing pains': advice to parents and carers (PDF 300KB)
published as an information sheet to accompany Hands On Autumn 2008
Ankle sprain exercises (PDF 810KB)
published as an information sheet to accompany Hands On Summer 2012
Back pain exercises (PDF 486KB)
published as an information sheet to accompany Hands On October 2007 plus video clips demonstrating the exercises
Knee pain exercises (PDF 534KB)
published as an information sheet to accompany Hands On June 2005
Neck pain exercises (PDF 516KB)
published as an information sheet to accompany Hands On Spring 2011
Osteoarthritis exercises (PDF 506KB)
published as an information sheet to accompany Hands On Autumn 2011
Plantar fasciitis exercises (PDF 442KB)
published as an information sheet to accompany Hands On February 2004
Shoulder pain exercises (PDF 772KB)
exercises that are designed to help ease shoulder pain and strengthen the structures that support the shoulder
Elbow pain exercises (PDF 918KB)
exercises that are designed to stretch, strengthen and stabilise the structures that support your elbow (including exercises for tennis elbow)
Keep moving exercises (PDF 2.82MB)
a helpful guide to the types of exercises that can be safely carried out in the home
Alcohol has a wide effect on our lives, but also on our society. It's effects range from the cosmetic (weight gain, bad skin) to physical and mental illness. You are more likley to be involved in accidents when drunk and it can have a devastating effect on relationships and employment.
We perhaps recognise those around us who drink becasue they are physcially dependent on alcohol as those in need of help. However many of us drink harmful levels of alcohol without knowing it. So why not find out whether you are drinking too much and ask youself -"Is it time to cut down?"
There is increasing evidence that measuring blood pressure at home is a useful and accurate way to assess blood pressure.
Below are some tips to make sure your blood pressure reading is accurate (whether at home or in the waiting room):
Why is your blood pressure so important?
When your heart beats, it pumps blood round your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it put extra strain on your arteries (and your heart) and this may lead to heart attacks and strokes.
It can be scary being diagnosed with high blood pressure. But, if you understand it and take control of it there’s a lot that you can do to lower it and reduce your risks. Imagine the heating system in a house – the lower the pressure the water is being pumped through the pipes, the longer the pipes will last …
If you smoke this is much more dangerous with high blood pressure and we strongly urge you to stop. We can help you with this. It seems hard, but people succeed at it all the time and then live longer and healthier lives as a result.
The good news is there is a lot you can do to reduce blood pressure naturally. Even if you are on medication, reducing your BP further through lifestyle change will reduce your risk of a future heart attack or stroke. The research is incredibly strong that regular exercise, losing some weight, relaxation exercises and changing what you eat is very beneficial for your blood pressure. One of the many advantages of home BP monitoring is that you can soon start to see the benefits of making these changes! However, you can use our waiting room BP machine as often as you want to help you monitor your results.
To help reduce your blood pressure naturally you can think about:
Regular exercise will reduce your blood pressure. It is important to do at least 30 minutes every day, enough to get you slightly out of breath. Brisk walking is fine or you may prefer but any activity is beneficial. It is important this becomes part of daily life.
Other hints and tips:
DASH diet is a diet plan (low salt, high fruit and veg) which has been shown to effectively reduce BP very quickly, irrespective of weight loss. You can find out more about the DASH diet from various books - click here to find out about one.
Relaxation exercises and stress reduction
There are many health benefits of an active lifestyle - and it's never too late (or too early) to start.Did you know that regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing:
Exercise can also improve your muscle strength and tone. That matters more than you think. It may mean you’re less likely to have an accident or a fall that could lead to an injury.
As well as these benefits, regular exercise can improve your:
If you haven't exercised for some time, it might be a good idea to see the Health Trainer to get some advice before you start. If you have previously had any health complaints, it’s important to tailor your exercise programme to take these into account, the health trainer can provide advice and support to help you get started.
So whatever your motivation, whether you want to reduce your risk of illness, feel better about yourself and make sure you stay that way, once you've made the decision to start exercising we can help you.
Exercise can also be free, we live in beautiful coutryside with lots of walks nearby. Walking can be a great way to get started. Alternatively, click here to find out about local exercise groups.
Going smokefree isn't easy, but when you see the drastic improvements to your life and health, you'll want to set your action plan going as quickly as you can.
Secondhand smoke comes from the tip of a cigarette and the smoke that is breathed back out by the smoker. Wherever people smoke, there is secondhand smoke in the air although you might not notice it because it is almost invisible and odourless.
Even if you open a window, secondhand smoke will still be present in a room after two and a half hours! Even if you can't see or smell any smoke, it's probably still there. Smoking in a car is even worse because all of the smoke is concentrated into a small space.
People that breathe secondhand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease. It is estimated that secondhand smoke causes thousands of deaths each year.
Children are particularly affected by secondhand smoke because their bodies are still developing, and around half of all British children are growing up in homes where at least one parent is a smoker.
Sign up to the NHS Stop Smoking Service—you can get social support while you quit. Many clinics have one-to-one services in a range of venues and at times to suit you. Others have groups where local smokers meet once a week. You usually go for a few weeks and work towards a quit date.
Having someone to call for moral support if you slip up can help you stay smokefree. Joining the NHS Smokefree Together Programmegives you a supportive phone call, email and text the week before you quit, the day you quit and the week after.
Emergency number— your local NHS Stop Smoking Service are available between 7am and 11pm every day answering calls from people wanting support not to light up. They can talk about why you want to smoke and how to deal with your cravings.
Get some chemical assistance. Nicotine is addictive and self-control alone might not be enough. Give yourself a better chance of success by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). It's either free or available on prescription, depending on where you live. See the NHS Smokefree website for the options available to you or talk to your GP.
Email an expert. Ask an expert for advice through NHS Smokefree's Ask an expert service.
(0800 022 4 332 (lines are open from 7.00am to 11.00pm, 7 days a week)
Ask an expert:
Wakefield Stop Smoking Service
Pontefract Health Centre, Trinity Street, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1EY
(01977 465 449
Kirklees Stop Smoking Service (North Kirklees)
Dewsbury Health Centre, Wellington Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 1HL
Kirklees Stop Smoking Service
Princess Royal Health Centre, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4EW
Medicx Pharmacy Stop Smoking Service
Ossett Health Village, Ossett, WF5 8DF
(01924 910 810
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