Do you know someone who has diabetes?

Finger prick glucose test

The CCG in partnership with South Warwickshire Foundation Trust is hosting a Diabetes Education Peer Group Event on 27th February 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. This event is aimed at new and existing diabetes patients who wish to learn more about the condition or share their experiences. A podiatrist, dietician and nurse will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about diabetes care. Take advantage of the opportunity of meeting a multidisciplinary team to assist you with self-care.

The event will take place at:

Wolston Village Hall, 72 Main Street Wolston, Rugby, CV8 3HJ

Refreshments and free onsite parking will be available during the event.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:

Alison Flynn ( – Tel: 024 76 246131)
Michelle Park ( – Tel: 024 76 246169)

Cancer Awareness Month

February is Cancer awareness month and 4.2.17 is World Cancer Day.

Cancer doesn’t just affect the individual, it pervades the lives of those who care for them.
Whether its signing up for a charity run for the local hospice, doing a cake sale, or making time for someone who’s been affected… Why not do something special this month?

Raise your awareness… some facts about cancer:

Cancer is not one condition. There are over 100 types and it can affect any part of the body.

The commonest cancers in men are prostate, lung and bowel. In women its breast, lung and bowel.

Genetics can be relevant to some cancers but for many it plays only a small role.

Your immune system isn’t just for fighting off infections. It recognises all things in the body that are “not right”. A healthy immune system is important as it can find abnormal cells and destroy them before they make a cancer.

40% of cancers in the UK are believed to be preventable (CancerResearchUK). Factors that you have power over include: Smoking; being overweight; alcohol; exercise; food choices; and sun exposure. Some things are less easy to control including: pollution; infections (e.g hepatitisB, HPV); hormones; and work-related factors (chemical dyes, night shifts).

Sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week 6-12th February

With February comes Valentines day. A time traditionally for telling the one you love how you feel. Sadly not everyone is made to feel cherished by their loved ones.

#itsnotokay is the hashtag for joining the social media discussion about sexual abuse & violence.

Every year in England and Wales, nearly half a million adults are sexually assaulted, with approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men being raped.

90% of people are victims of people they know.

Only 15% of victim of sexual violence report the crime to the police. The low conviction rate of only 5.7% of reported cases is often quoted as a key reason.

The long term effects on a victims health can be devastating including self-harm, suicide, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and sexually transmitted infections. If you need help with any of these issues, seeing your GP can be a good place to start. Be it for medical treatment or just support and signposting to other sources of advice, sharing can be a positive first step.

CRASAC is the local coventry centre for victims of sexual abuse. They provide confidential information and support for female and males from the age of 5 years old. If you have been affected or would like more information, visit their website

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 22-28 January

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged under 35.

75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear) but 1 in 4 women do not take advantage of this free test.

Every week over 60 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, with 3 women loosing their lives from the disease every day.

Check out  NHS Choices to find out more about having a cervical smear or the symptoms of cervical cancer.

If you are between 25 and 49 years old you should have one every 3 years. Between 50 and 65 years old its every 5 years.

Don’t put it off. Book in with your practice nurse.

Health for Teens and Children

We are delighted to share with you two new websites specifically designed for young people across Coventry!

The Children, Young people and Family Services team have launched them to provide useful information about important health issues relevant both for young people and their parents / carers. offers a fun way for children to learn about health through games, activities and quizzes. hosts videos and articles to educate teenagers on topics such as contraception, mental health, drugs and alcohol.

NHS school nurse services remain the same with face-to-face clinics as well as the texting service for 11-18 year olds ( send a confidential SMS text and a nurse gets back to you with advice and support ) on 07507331949

Parent line connects parents and carers to school nurses and is open 5pm -8pm Monday to Friday on 01926 626590.



EXTRA APPOINTMENTS are being made available at Woodside Medical Centre every day for the rest of winter!
It seems you cannot read an article on-line, in a newspaper or watch the news without hearing about lack of GP availability and the NHS struggling with winter demand.
Woodside will therefore be providing ADDITIONAL appointments between 11.30am until 1pm Monday to Friday for the rest of the winter season.

Are you pregnant?

Pregnant woman

Please spread the word – book in early!

Pregnant women should see our midwife Julia for their first appointment when they are about 8 weeks pregnant.
There has been a big rise in our number of pregnant ladies meaning there can be a wait for midwife appointments so booking in advance (ideally 3 weeks) or as soon as you know you are pregnant is helpful.

Call us or come into the surgery to book.

If you have a positive pregnancy test, you can find out how far along you are by using the NHS pregnancy calculator.

We appreciate that finding out you are pregnant if it was unplanned can be a shock and you may need support and advice. If you need to discuss your pregnancy, please book in with your GP.

January Blues?

Man holding head in hands

2016 was far from what you’d hoped. 2017 has arrived. Its now January… miserable short days, debt from Christmas, everyone enjoying themselves with their loved ones except you.

It may feel difficult but there is good evidence that you can help yourself by getting more physically and mentally active – stop dwelling and ask yourself how not why.

5 important points about January blues… Read more 

Flu Vaccinations

Flu graphic

Still not had your flu jab yet?

Asthma, COPD, diabetes, long term health problem, a carer or aged over 65?

It’s still worth coming in to have you FREE flu vaccination! Ask when seeing your GP or nurse or book in.