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Health News Spot - Health warning! Clicking any item will take you to the full BBC news item which can be distracting!

Long waits 'leave mental health patients in limbo'

NHS leaves patients stuck on 'hidden' waiting lists for months, a BBC investigation shows.

Norovirus closes 1,100 hospital beds in England

Don't go to work or send children to school until 48 hours after symptoms have gone, NHS bosses say.

Once-a-month oral contraceptive pill in tests

Researchers say the prototype pill could ultimately offer women more contraceptive choice and control.

Seizures of illegal diazepam tablets double in a year

Doctors warn people cannot trust the authenticity of drugs bought from rogue online pharmacies or dealers.

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Very good general health website from the NHS information about illnesses, diseases, finding your BMI, growing old gracefully, care of the elderly, over 50s health, children's health, mens' health, women's health, addictions and much more. Really important stuff. Give it a browse and you might live longer!
British Medical Acupuncture Society. Contains information about meetings and advice for patients and health professionals plus search facility to find acupuncturists in CR7 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

Hannah Pearn Acupuncture Streatham

89 Ellison Rd, London SW16 5DB, UK – 07761 648441

Hannah is truly amazing at what she does. She supported me getting pregnant with my now 10 week old. I really believe Hannah's knowledge and expertise were instrumental in being able to conceive and having a healthy pregnancy. I always left Hannah's feeling incredibly positive, calm and stress free. She really is wonderful. I couldn't recommend her highly enough.

Hannah worked with me for over a year supporting the process to getting pregnant and even on the day I gave birth...As a natural skeptic, I was really surprised at how helpful her knowledgeable input has been and we now have a five month old baby as proof that specialist acupuncture really can improve many areas of your physical and emotional Heath. What a friendly face, her patience, sense of humour, empathy and general loveliness have been a pleasure. Strongly recommend.

Qi clinic

35 Westow Hill, London SE19 1TQ, UK – 020 8761 2910

Excellent -I am a regular devotee of Chinese medicine and went in for high stress levels and a neck/shoulder injury. The doctor is professional, kind and treatment rooms are warm, clean and soothing. I felt better within a session and go once a week or fortnight to maintain good health.

I was suffering with horrible hay-fever this year having tried everything that the chemist had for hay fever I decided to look up alternatives and found that acupuncture was recommended. I contacted the qi clinic and arranged a session of acupuncture this was £30 for half and hour, the practitioner set me at ease and explained the process. the process was painless and resting in a quiet room with relaxing music was nice. the immediate noticeable change was a clear head and a feeling of strength. I had two sessions of acupuncture and my hay-fever symptoms are completely gone. also I don't have to avoid nature any more as I am no longer reacting to high pollen area's

DR TCM

Unit 160, Whitgift Shopping Centre, Croydon CR0 1UT, UK – 020 8681 7700

Made an acupuncture appointment as had a terrible sciatica/lower back spasm, taking diazepam and codiene , however back was still incredibly painful and stiff. Staff suggested I have an hour of acupuncture followed by 10 minute massage. I have had two sessions so far, both acupuncturists were very good, pain is almost completely gone and mobility is back, I can touch my toes again. Highly recommended in Putney area as I have tried others and this is by far the best results. A

I visited this acupuncture clinic with a £12 online deal for a 40 minute acupuncture session and a 10 minute massage. Obviously, for £12 this is a five star deal. I am ranking this as three stars on the grounds that I walked up and down, in and out of Whitgift looking for Dr. TCM only to discover it was in the back of The Chinese Herbal Medicine Shop. That's perfectly fine, but it wasn't anywhere on their website or voucher, nor was it relayed to me when making the appointment or (more importantly) when I called twice from inside Whitgift because I couldn't locate them. The atmosphere: Not nice. Acupuncture and massage are done in back rooms (think mop closet and storage) with a massage table and a few Chinese medicine posters up. If you want sterile and clinical, this isn't the place. If you want relaxing, this isn't the place. If you want £12 acupuncture, this is the place. The acupuncture: Standard. I've had much better and I've had not as good. It was effective. The massage: Very good. I would go back just for this. At the end of the 10 minutes I paid an additional £28 for 30 more minutes. The therapist (a different person from the acupuncturist) was skilled at deep tissue and acupressure. If you are going with a prepaid voucher be prepared for a heavy pressure sale at the end for acupuncture packages. Not the best ending to what should be a relaxing experience, but on a £12 voucher I didn't expect to not hear a sales pitch.

Complementary Healthare Information Service UK with information about all sorts of alternative therapies from Acupuncture to Bowen technique to Reiki and Yoga.  Search for alternative health practitioners in Surrey.

Alternative Medicine

Kambo Medicine

78 Turnpike Link, Croydon CR0 5NY, UK – 07477 446072

Excellent holistic approach.

The Osteopathic Clinic - Croydon

20 Cheyne Walk, Croydon CR0 7HJ, UK – 020 8662 1155

Have been treated by Paul for over 25 years, starting as a teenager with problematic knees. In to my late 30's, Paul is still the only person who you know 100% gives you the full picture, doesnt sugar coat the severity or treatment path. Ive seen quite a few practitioners, and always come back to Paul as he's the person who you can trust 100%. Highly recomended

I am pleased to say Paul has been my osteopath for the last 25 years. Two years ago I moved to Willingdon, Eastbourne, three osteopaths and one chiropractor later I have returned to Paul for treatment because I can't find anyone who can treat my back when it plays up in the way he does. It is well worth the 90 minute drive each way. Over the years I have recommended many people to Paul and they have all been pleased I have. Thank goodness I didn't move to Australia.

Quiet Medicine Clinical Hypnotherapy

43 Capri Rd, Croydon CR0 6LG, UK – 020 8655 2161

Useful NHS site with information for every type of carer. It provides details of the services or benefits affecting carers, carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others. Find out if you will have to pay for your own long term care, research money and financial implications, the wellbeing of all carers, the needs of young carers. Search for carer services such as dementia care and respite breaks around Thornton Heath or anywhere in the UK with the search facility.
This is a good NHS site for finding doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals and urgent care in CR7 or anywhere in England. It also lists Dentists accepting NHS patients!

BBC Healthy Lifestyle Website - the importance of exercise, exercise for children, diet and finess plans.
This is the NHS website with information about all sorts of mental health issues including depression, breakdowns, phobias, self-harm, over-eating and more.
Search for mental health services in CR7 or anywhere in England.
Health A to Z, conditions and illnesses, symptom checker. Online discussions and communities, news and topical articles.
NHS site for England and Wales. Health A to Z of conditions and illnesses. Information about the NHS and its services and management. Search for NHS services in CR7 and Thornton Heath.
Health companion for travellers - offers customized medical kits and advice on medication. Check the tablet and vaccination requirements and tips.
The NHS website with advice for healthy travelling - inoculations required for travel, inflight health. Lots of stuff that you did not Know you did not Know - some of it really important!
Useful travel health website from NHS with travel advice and search facility to find where to get a yellow fever innoculation around Thornton Heath.
For many conditions and symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Emotional recovery after breast cancer, redundancy, confidence & self esteem, anxiety and many more. Many on offer. Professional, caring and thoughtful company.