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We Are Undefeatable

A new campaign has been launched to promote physical activity for people with long term health conditions. Many of the UK’s leading charities including MS Society, Age UK, Mind and the British Lung Foundation have come together to inspire and support people with health conditions to be active. Visit: and find out more.

NHS Apps Library

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The NHS provides a directory of safe and secure health related Apps which are recommended by health professionals. The apps provide useful information and support on a range of subjects including mental health, first aid and child health.

Where to go for Care

Where to go for Care
Getting the right care in the right place will not just help local NHS services but also you get the care you need more quickly. Knowing where to go when you have a particular illness or injury can be confusing. This graphic can help you decide which service to use. If you are unsure, call 111 for advice.

The Golden Guide

The Golden Guide 2019

The Golden Guide is a free, annual handbook for older people. It’s full of information about local activities and networks, and can help you find support with issues of daily life in Northumberland.

There are hundreds of contacts for social and leisure activities near you plus expert help with health, safety, care, your home and money concerns.

The Golden Guide

Which? Elderly Care

Which? Elderly Care

The Which? elderly care guide gives free, independent and practical advice about caring for older people across the UK, helping you understand elderly care choices. There are sections on: your relative’s needs – understand how to deal with common concerns about elderly parents and other relatives, including dementia and falls; housing options – find out about care homes and living independently options, including sheltered accommodation and choosing mobility aids; financing care – learn about funding options for care homes and home care together with gifting assets, power of attorney and attendance allowance, plus information for carers – find out what support is available to help you through an emotionally draining time.

Which? – Elderly Care

GP Extended Hours

Appointments in Northumberland

Local GP practices are working together to offer patients better access to GP appointments in Northumberland. Patients can now see a GP at a time which is convenient to them, with additional appointments available on weekday evenings and weekends.

The new service is being provided from 6.30pm Monday to Friday, with some access will be provided at weekends. GP practices in the county are working together to deliver the additional appointments and each practice will provide specific information on the seven locations in Northumberland where patients can access the appointments.

For more information, ask your GP practice.



CompassionArt is a project working with people in and around Hexham who have long term health conditions and/or mental health issues which prevent them from working and/or have major impact on their day to day abilities.

The project has been structured to ensure empathy and compassion with participants, but it will also provide (appropriate) stimulating challenges and opportunities.  The project offers a series of creative activities to bring people together in a calm and supportive environment. The sessions will include art, gong workshops, woodland workshops and creative writing, all led by artists, experts and fully qualified practitioners.

Please visit the website for more details and to book on to sessions.

What to consider when choosing a care home

Care Home Advice

Choosing a care home and working out how to pay for it can be complex. If you’re considering a move to a care home, make sure you have as much information as possible about what to look for, where to look and how to make the move as easy as possible. Independent Age has some useful information for consideration.

Independent Age Care Home Guide

Clubs and support groups for the visually impaired

Close up image of an eye
Northumberland County Blind Assocation’s clubs and support groups have been set up throughout the county to help combat the social isolation felt by many vision-impaired people as a result of sight loss. Anyone with sight loss can join a club or support group, whether registered or not. Carers, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend.

Holiday First Aid Kit

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What you take with you depends on where you’re going, but think about including: antiseptic, painkillers, wound-cleaning gauze, sterile dressings, bandage tape, plasters, tweezers, thermometer, antihistamines, sunburn treatment, insect repellent and insect bite treatment.
Don’t forget to reorder your prescription  for pre-existing medical conditions in good time and pack plenty of sunscreen. For more details visit NHS Choices. For general travel health information see Fit For Travel.

Summer Health and Self Care

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Peaks in visits to the GP, urgent care centres and A&E during the summer months are seen to be linked with people experiencing a variety of seasonal ailments, such as sunstroke, allergies, minor injuries and food poisoning.

It’s much quicker to look after yourself if you have a common complaint; visit a local pharmacist for confidential advice and treatment to put you on the fast track to feeling better; there’s no need for a prescription or an unnecessary A&E wait.

Find out more

How are YOU?

A ten minute quiz from the NHS giving you a personalised health score,designed only to point you in the right direction. It’s not a medical assessment – if you’re worried about your health you should speak to a health professional.

Take the Quiz

Care Home Checklist

Finding the right care home for you or your loved one can be a tricky issue. There are some key things that you need to think about before taking the next steps and Age Uk has produced a guide to help you through the process.

Age UK Care Home Checklist

Health Trainers

Health trainers offer a friendly and professional free service to anyone over 16 living in Northumberland and North Tyneside. They can help you stay healthy by offering advice and information on eating a balanced diet, getting more exercise, giving up smoking and controlling alcohol intake.   Find out more.

Blood Pressure Quiz

High blood pressure is sometimes called the silent killer, as it often has no symptoms but can significantly increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia. Use this tool to find out how much you know.

Blood Pressure Quiz

Men’s Health Forum

The Men’s Health Forum is a charity supporting men’s health in England, Wales and Scotland. The forum carries out research, provide health information and advice and raise awareness through intiatives such as Men’s Health Week.

Heart Age Self-Assessment

This self assessment tells you your heart age compared to your real age, explains why it’s important to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and gives advice on how to reduce your heart age.

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