Looking After Yourself

We all know that looking after yourself is probably the most important aspect of health care. Taking regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, avoiding cigarettes, excess alcohol and preventing obesity are all very important.

Useful advice for unwell children can be found at http://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/

Live Well Dorset is a free service for people who live in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset who would like support to change their lifestyle.

  • They can help and make a difference
  • Change your lifestyle and habits for the better
  • The best services to meet your needs and support you every step of the way
  • Your very own Wellbeing Coach!

What do you need to do?

The first step is getting in touch and we will guide you through the rest. Available Mon-Fri, 9-5pm: call: 0800 8401628 / 01305 233105 or visit our website.

Women: 25 - 65

All women are recommended strongly to have a cervical smear test 3-5 yearly dependant on age. This may be carried out by the doctor or the Practice Nurse.

Mammography for all women between 50 - 65 years. Where appropriate, you will be offered routine screening every 3 years as part of the National Breast Screening Programme.

All Adults

Research has demonstrated that routine general health screening is of very limited value so we do not recall patients for (or offer) routine checks. However, we will offer a free NHS health check to all patients between 45 and 74 who have no chronic disease to check ther height, weight BP and cholesterol and offer advice where needed. 

We will also make opportunistic checks of your blood pressure etc as part of your normal health examinations. Well Person Screening/Checks are carried out by the Practice Nurse. In addition we offer the following health tips (with proviso that you should not make life miserable through trying to be healthy!).

Monitoring your own blood pressure at home

One of the best ways to check your blood pressure is to do it over a week, twice daily - this can be used for monitoring your blood pressure medication or checking what it's really like if you have had a high reading taken (e.g. at work or in the pharmacy). We have produced a form which you can use to do this in the recommended way, you can download it and print it out at home and drop it off at the surgery to help us do your medication review or inform a discussion with a clinician. Machines can be obtained for less than £20 online or from most pharmacies.


We strongly advise our patients to avoid smoking but we do not in any way discriminate against smokers. If you need help to stop smoking then please discuss this with your doctor, Nurse or Health Visitor who will give you more details regarding Smokestop Clinics and available help.


The current recommended maximum healthy intake of alcohol is 21 units/week for a man and 14 units/week for a woman. (1 unit = pint beer, 1 glass of wine or 1 single measure of spirits).


We advise exercise sufficient to cause mild breathlessness for 20 minutes, 3 times a week


Avoid crash diets. Instead try to develop a healthy eating pattern that avoids weight gain, is high in fibre, low in sugars and animal fats.


Are you reading this online?  You may be interested to know that there is a FREE Online Self-Management course available for local residents, delivered by the Expert Patients Programme Community Interest Company (EPP CIC).  The course is for people who live with a long-term health condition or chronic illness and is being funded by NHS Bournemouth & Poole.  Download Expert Patients Programme Leafletand see Further Information page

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