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Talking Therapies

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, excessive worry, or low mood? NHS Talking Therapies is a free and confidential service, for those 16 years and over, which you can self-refer into by visiting or phoning 0330 0534 230. They provide advice and support via experienced therapists, workshops, and online therapy.

Prescriptions: Who pays what?

Prescriptions: Who pays what? In England, there can be a cost when you need prescribed medication. Prescriptions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are free. Some items are also free, such as contraception or medicine prescribed when you are staying in hospital. Standard Costs As of 1st May 2024, the standard cost of an NHS … Continued

Fast-Track Suspected Cancer Referrals

Fast-Track Suspected Cancer Referrals A fast-track referral means you will be offered an appointment within 28 days of your GP’s referral. Why am I being urgently referred? Your GP feels that you have symptoms that require investigation by a hospital specialist as soon as possible. This is so that your illness can be diagnosed and … Continued

Ear syringing

Ear syringing   Ear irrigation – also known as syringing – is no longer considered the first-line treatment for clearing ear wax. This means the NHS no longer funds it in General Practice as other methods are preferred.   Self Help options Current guidelines are that ear drops should be used to soften the wax. … Continued


What is screening? The NHS has a comprehensive screening plan designed to identify if you are at higher risk of developing several health problems. Risk factors can exist without symptoms, so screening targets otherwise healthy people. Screening means increased risk can be identified and treated early, reducing the chance of the conditions developing.   When … Continued

Sexual Health

Sexual Health The NHS has a range of free, confidential sexual health services. These services cover contraception, testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), and advice on unplanned pregnancies. You can use any of these services even if you are under 16 years old. If you are aged 13 or older, you have the same rights … Continued

Sick Notes, Fit Notes and Self-Certification

Sick Notes, Fit Notes and Self-Certification A fit note is a letter from a Doctor, usually your GP, telling your employer you are not currently able to work due to your health. The technical terms for a fit note is a Statement of Fitness for Work, but you will also hear them referred to as … Continued


Referrals What do we mean by referrals? A referral is when your GP wants the help of a specialist to decide how best to treat you. Specialists can carry out tests and investigations that we cannot do in practice. The Doctor will discuss the reasons for referring you and if you are happy to be … Continued