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Your Health

We have been working in partnership with health and other agencies to help promote physical activity, healthier lifestyles and improve health inequalities across Borough.

We are working with the NHS on a life-saving campaign called 'Sittingbourne and Sheppey Beats and Breathes' to raise awareness of heart and lung disease. The population in Sheppey and parts of Sittingbourne is shown to have more occurrences of preventable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancers.

Beats and Breathes campaign logo.This project is looking to improve identification, capture, management and a review of two key diseases; coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the top two causes of preventable deaths in the Swale area.

This campaign is being run in conjunction with the National Health Service Health Check campaign which aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, and invites everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 every five years for an assessment.

GPs in Sittingbourne and Sheppey will be supporting this campaign by inviting sufferers of both diseases in for check up, reviewing their medication and supporting them to make lifestyle changes.

For more information please email swale.ccg@nhs.net and put Beats and Breathes in the subject line.

We have been working with partners to launch the healthy passport scheme. This scheme encourages the residents of Swale to lead a healthier lifestyle. It is part of the Department of Health Change4Life project which is a national campaign to help people eat better, move more and live longer.

Move Ourselves

Get active, be healthy, have fun! Sport and Physical Activity Framework for Swale 2012-2017.

What is it all about?

We have recently launched Swales first Sport and Physical Activity framework. This framework has been to give partners involved in sport and physical activity in Swale a framework and a lead from which to develop their own strategies for action to help create the step change that Swale needs to get people more active and healthy.

For more information or to view the framework visit the Sports and Physical Activity web page.

Take a look at the Health Walks and Go Sky Ride websites for information on how to get active.

Kent Joint Health and Wellbeing

A Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been launched. It aims to improve health and wellbeing outcomes, delivering better coordinated quality care, improve the public’s experience of integrated health and social care services and ensure that the individual is involved and at the heart of everything. The Strategy will be delivered by the Kent Health and Wellbeing Board, working in partnership with local partners such as Public Health, Clinical Commissioning Groups and District and Borough Councils. Read the Kent Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (PDF 848.8kb).

Specific Health Issues and Topics

The following pages will provide you with the means to search for specific health topics and direct you where to find further advice from certified and specialised Health websites.

For direct medical information and advice contact the NHS website.

Your GP

To find a GP you can use the search available on our website, please click on the Related Pages link 'Find Your Nearest', enter your postcode and find all of your local services, select the Health tab for your local GP.  Alternatively to find a GP call 03000 24 24 24.

Remember to keep your GP up-to-date on your contact details, especially your address so that they are able to contact your when necessary.

Health protection and preparing for emergencies

The area of public health concerned with protecting the public from environmental hazards to health concerns.

Health Checks and Screening

Regular health exams and tests can help to identify problems before they start.

Immunisation Programmes

Vaccinations help to prevent the development of illnesses.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Recovery

Information on where to turn when addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

Stopping Smoking

Stopping smoking is one of the most beneficial things you can do to improve your health.

Obesity and Nutrition

How to eat healthy and live longer.

Sexual Health

Your sexual health can be affected by numerous different factors.

Child Health Promotion

There are different services available at each stage of a babies/childs development.

Elements of the GP Contract

Practices must now provide essential, enhanced and additional services to patients.

Disabilities

Disabilites can be present from birth or occur during a person's life time.
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