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Our Patient Participation Group, supported by Overton Park Surgery staff, is developing this page to enable patients to seek out local NHS and community services to improve their health and happiness, as well as to gather resources including local groups, books, websites and apps so that they can help themselves.

The goal is to help patients to find and access resources to be healthier and happier in a way of their choosing, be that by quitting smoking, losing weight, getting more active, overcoming/reducing loneliness and social isolation and developing new hobbies and interests.

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Reduce or Quit Smoking

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The best way for people who smoke to improve their overall health is to stop smoking completely.  Public Health England says that you are most likely to kick the habit by using prescription medication and support. If you want to stop smoking, there is help available.

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*  The help that is available broadly falls into three areas:

*  1. NHS Smokefree Service

*  2. Pharmacy Support

3. Do it yourself - using tools and tips provided by a range of national organisations and charities

1. NHS Smokefree Service.  This free 12 week programme of one-to-one support from a coach is run by Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles.  If you don’t pay for your prescriptions you can get access to free Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs).

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You can self-refer – no GP referral required - go to I’d Like Support to refer yourself to the service.

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For full details, call 0800 1223788 or go to the website

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2. Use the advice and support of a Pharmacist.

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A number of local pharmacies provide a stop smoking service. They provide expert advice to help you to choose the most suitable NRT product, and will encourage you to keep in touch to make sure that the solution is working for you.

Pharmacies in Cheltenham with a stop smoking service

Pharmacy

Area

Address

Postcode

Tel. no.

Lloyds

Waitrose Store

Honeybourne Way

GL50 3QW

512 120

Lloyds

St. Pauls Medical Centra

121 Swindon Road

GL50 4DP

571 590

Lloyds

56 Coronation Square

Edinburgh Place

GL51 7SA

516623

Badham

Whaddon

102 Whaddon Road

GL52 5NF

514 330

Spa

Rotunda Terrace

12 Montpellier Street

GL50 1SW

522 130

Wymans Brook (Mon & Tues)

Wymans Brook Shopping Centre

Windyridge Road

GL50 4RA

221 988

St. Marks

St. Marks

80 Tennyson Road

GL51 7DB

512 333

Cheltenham Ph. (Weds to Fri)

Springbank Resource Centre

Springbank Way

GL51 0LG

255 061

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If you use the services of NHS Smokefree or a Pharmacy with an accredited stop smoking service (see list above) and you are entitled to ‘free’ prescriptions you will receive Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) without charge. NRTs are also available at a reduced cost to those who pay for their prescriptions via the pre-payment prescription scheme. 

3. Do it yourself – using tools and tips provided by a range of national organisations nad charities. You can use the advice and tips provided by the NHS, Boots Chemist and national charities:

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* NHS Smokefree - personal quit plan and APP

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* NHS Live Well - quit smoking tips

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* Boots Online Stop Smoking Clinic

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British Heart Foundation – Quit Smoking 

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Cancer Research UK

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Review and manage your alcohol consumption

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To minimise health risks from drinking alcohol, the Department of Health recommends that men and women should not exceed 14 units per week, and that it is advisable to spread drinking over three days or more.

What does 14 units look like? To check your drinking, take the quiz

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 The help that is available broadly falls into three areas:

 1. NHS Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles (GHL) – a free programme of one-to-one support from a GHL coach


 2. Use the local alcohol support groups


 3. Do it yourself – using tools and tips provided by a range of national organisations and charities

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1. NHS Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles (GHL) – a free programme of one-to-one support from a GHL coach who will help you to review what you drink, set / achieve your goals to either reduce how much alcohol you drink or become alcohol free.

Full details of this service, call 0800 1223788 or see the website.

You can self-refer – no GP referral required - go to I’d Like Support

2. Use an Alcohol Support Group in Cheltenham

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* Change, Grow & Live (CGL) – CGL offer a range of free alcohol awareness and support groups from their office in Bramery House, Alstone Lane, Cheltenham (GL51 8HE). Their alcohol programmes include a computer based independent workshop, group and women only sessions. CGL will help support you to make changes to your alcohol use.

For full details of these services – call 01452 223014 or visit the website

You can self-refer – no GP referral required.

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* Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – the AA hold a number of group sessions in Cheltenham throughout the week at various venues. The AA has operated since 1935 – this quote from the AA website describes their philosophy: “Who we are - Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions”.

Find an AA meeting near you.

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Al-Anon – is a support group for families and friends affected by someone’s alcohol misuse.

Find a meeting in Cheltenham.

You can self-refer – no GP referral required.

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3. Do it yourself - you can use the advice provided by Alcohol Change UK and Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Lose weight and eat more healthily

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It is important to maintain a:

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* healthy and balanced diet.  Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. Good nutrition can also help reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall good health

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* healthy weight. This will lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and the risk of many different cancers.

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*The help that is available broadly falls into two areas:

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* 1. NHS Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles (GHL) – a free 12 week programme provided by either Slimming World or the one-to-one support of a GHL coach

* 2. Do it yourself – using tools and tips provided by the NHS, national organisations and charities

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1. NHS Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles (GHL) – A free 12 week course of Slimming World sessions is available to you if meet the eligibility criteria - you will need to check with your GP. If you are eligible we will organise for GHL to contact you and get started with your weight loss / healthy eating programme. If you do not qualify for this referral or you prefer not attend Slimming World, you can ask for a GHL coach to support you on a one-to-one basis. Irrespective of what route you choose you will also receive free recipes, guidance and access to an online community to share best practice.


Full details of this service – call 0800 1223788 or visit the website

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You need a GP referral if you want to use the free Slimming World sessions – contact your GP for an appointment.

You can self-refer – no GP referral required – if you want to use the GHL coaching. Go to I'd Like Support

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2. Do it yourself – if you prefer you can use the advice and tips provided by the NHS, national organisations and charities:

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* NHS EatWell Guide – use the Eatwell Guide to help get a healthy balanced diet, with guidance on how much we eat should come from each of the food groups. 

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* NHS Weight Loss Plan – a 12 week structured plan with tips and guidance. 

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* NHS Calorie Counting and Calorie Checker – check the calories of over 150,000 food and drink products and also guidance on calorie counting in practice. 

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* NHS Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator – find out your BMI. 

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* Cancer Research UK – guidance on healthy diet. 

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* Cancer Research UK – guidance on losing weight. 

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* British Heart Foundation – guidance on understanding the risks to your heart and taking control. 

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* Weight Watchers (WW) - The main WW website provides useful tools and tips on weight loss.  There are currently no WW groups in Cheltenham. There are WW groups in Churchdown, Gloucester and Tewkesbury. Find your nearest WW group

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* Slimming World – there are several groups in Cheltenham, and you can find your group on the website.

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Get more active

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Are you active enough? The NHS website contains guidance for the recommended level of physical activity for an adult (age 19 - 64).

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To stay healthy, adults should try to be active daily and aim to do:

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* At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity over a week through a variety of activities such as walking or housework, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity such as running

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* In addition, you should also try to include strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles.

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There are also physical activity recommendations for other age groups:

* Early childhood (under 5)

* Young people (5 – 18)

* Older adults (65+)

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* The help that is available broadly falls into three areas:

* 1. NHS Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles (GHL) – a free 12 week programme of one-to-one support by GHL coach (non-activity based)

* 2. The Re-Active Programme – a subsidised 12 week activity based programme of one-to-one support provided by Leisure@Cheltenham in Tommy Taylors Lane

* 3. Do it yourself – get involved in exercise activities offered by local clubs

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1. NHS Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles (GHL) – a free 12 week programme of one-to-one support by GHL coach (non-activity based) to help encourage you to change your mindset about exercise with the emphasis on being active.

Full details of this service – call 0800 1223788 or visit the website

You can self-refer – no GP referral required. Go to I’d Like Support.

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2. Re-Active Programme from Leisure@Cheltenham – A GP can refer you for this 12 week programme if you meet the inclusion criteria. The cost of joining the scheme is £75 (payment options available) which represents a saving of £12 on the current full membership rate. Those who wish to continue to use the Leisure@Cheltenham facilities after they complete the Re-active programme can join as members at the discounted rate of £25 per month.  Full details of this service.

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Do it Yourself  if you prefer to organise your own plan of physical activity, these are a selection of local groups and facilities available to you.

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* Leisure@Cheltenham – swimming, gym, indoor sports and exercise classes.

Local Walking Groups

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Cheltenham WalkWell – a programme of regular weekly walks in Cheltenham that are free and led by trained volunteers. 

 * Cheltenham Rambling Club

* Cheltenham Social Walking

* Cheltenham Power Walking Meet Up

* Cheltenham Spa Walkers

* Cleeve Ramblers

* Gloucestershire Walking With Dogs

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Local Cycling Groups

Cheltenham Dame Road Cycling Club (female riders only)


* Cheltenham Cycle Touring Club (specific rides available for novice cyclists)


* Cheltenham & County Cycling Club (specific rides available for novice cyclists)

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Fitness Trackers

Some people find that a fitness tracker watch or App helps to encourage their activity.  They can be used to develop a training programme and monitor progress.

For information only (not advice on product purchase), two independent product surveys are provided to help explain the features of these products:

Digital Trends review (14/10/19)

Tech Advisor review of Fit Bit vs Apple Watch (08/10/19)

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Wellbeing (including overcoming isolation and loneliness)

Wellbeing refers to the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy, and is often referred to in the context of our physical, mental and social wellbeing. The following areas are often associated with achieving wellbeing:

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* The help that is available broadly falls into two areas:


* 1. NHS and Gloucestershire County Council based wellbeing related programmes.


* 2. Do it yourself – use the advice and get involved with the services provided by the NHS, local and national organisations and charities.

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* Overton Park Surgery – Social Prescribing Co-ordinator – our team has a Social Prescribing Co-ordinator supplied by the Community Wellbeing Service (see below) – ask any member of our GP Practice to explain how this service works.

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* Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Community Wellbeing Service - A free and confidential service for people aged 16 and above. Their aim is to connect you to local services, organisations and groups that can help improve your general wellbeing and meet your wider social needs in the areas of:
* Mental health and wellbeing
* Long term health conditions
* General health and fitness
* Social isolation
* Housing and environment
* Debt and finance

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They can help you find activities in your local area, help you meet more people in your community or simply provide you with information to help you make an informed choice.

You can self-refer – no GP referral required.

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For full details of this service, call 0300 3656463, email glccg.ccpcommunitywellbeing@nhs.net or visit the website

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*NHS Gloucestershire Self-Management – ‘Live Better to Feel Better Programme’ - a free five week programme to provide tips and help build confidence in how to take control of living with a long-term health condition.  See their website for more information.

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Full details of this service – call 0300 4211623, email gloucestershire.selfmanagement.nhs.net  or www.glos-care.nhs.uk/lbfb

You can self-refer – no GP referral required.

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* Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust - a free range of group courses or one-to-one support for those aged 18 and above, based on the process of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. A counselling type process looking at how thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect our feelings and behaviours. One of the aims is to develop coping strategies for dealing with problem situations.

To contact a Crisis Team member, or to someone in the Trust, go to the Contact Us section.

* Let's Talk - Let’s Talk offers talking therapies to people aged 18 and over, and registered with a GP in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire, who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression.

Full details of this service – call 0800 073 2200, email 2gnft.talk2gether.nhs.net  or visit the website.

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Change, Grow & Live (CGL) – Mindfulness course and Acupuncture based treatments - CGL offer a free 6 week Mindfulness course which covers a range topics to aid relaxation and wellbeing. CGL also offer free acupuncture treatments to help manage stress / anxiety and calm the mind. These are available from their office in Bramery House, Alstone Lane, Cheltenham (GL51 8HE).

Full details of these services – call 01452 223014 or visit their website

You can self-refer – no GP referral required.

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2. Do It Yourself 

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If you prefer you can use the advice and get involved with the services provided by the NHS, local and national organisations and charities:

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NHS guidance on the 5 steps to mental wellbeing.

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* Your Circle is a website maintained by the Gloucestershire County Council to help people local community and support groups, activities and lunch clubs.

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* Inclusion and Community Hubs in Cheltenham – these provide a range of social activities, for all ages, including after school clubs, youth clubs, regular lunch clubs and community events. The hubs also act as a base for other community organisations to deliver regular clubs and workshops.  These Community Hubs are at:

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Oasis Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham GL51 7SY

- St. Pauls Walk, Cheltenham GL50 4GG

- Oakley Resource Centre, Clyde Crescent, Cheltenham GL52 5QL

- Wallace House, Windermere Road, Cheltenham GL51 3PF (for Older People)

- Lynworth Court, Mendip Road, Cheltenham GL52 5DZ (for Older People)

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* Ralph Marx Day Centre (Lilian Faithful Care) St. Faith’s Nursing Home, Malvern Road, Cheltenham GL50 2NR – offers a range of activities, entertainment and an opportunity to socialise with others. Tel: 01242 240 240

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* The Prestbury Day Centre, 236 Prestbury Road, Cheltenham GL52 3ET – offers activities, enablement programmes and lunch clubs. Tel: 01242 584 470

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- The Independence Trust – this charity provides a range of courses at various venues in Cheltenham on arts & craft, gardening, physical activity and health management issues. Tel: 03458 638 323, e-mail cheltenhamhub@independencetrust.co.uk 

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* Quora – a social media platform designed to share information – a user can log in, ask a question (i.e. is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helpful to overcome anxiety) then the user community will respond. The Quora community then votes on an answer either up or down similar to the popular social platform, Reddit. The answers with the most upvotes are highlighted and viewed the most. 

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