Past campaigns

Past campaigns

Every year we run a number of health campaigns on topics ranging from flu and winter health to smoking and cancer. Click on the links below to find out about our past campaigns.

Be Clear on CancerStay Well This WinterCatch it. Bin it. Kill it.Healthier snackingMissed appointmentsBe clear on cancer - respiratoryCover up mateAct FAST10 Minute ShakeupsBlood in pee

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1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don’t assume you’re past it!

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England with around 44,300 women diagnosed each year. The older you are, the more likely you are to get it – one in three women who get breast cancer are aged 70 and over.

If breast cancer is detected early, it is more treatable. Finding it early could save your life.

We are encouraging women to be breast aware. It is important to get to know how your breasts look and feel normally, so that you’ll find it easier to spot something unusual. Feel the whole of your breasts and your armpits. Does anything seem different? Look at your breasts in the mirror. Do they appear to have changed at all? If you notice an unusual change, tell your doctor.
 
Click here to find out more.

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Stay Well This Winter

Winter can be challenging and as the days get colder and bugs and illnesses become more common, it’s important to take care of your health. Together with our health and local authority partners, we’ve put together lots of advice and tips to help you stay well this winter.

Protecting against flu

The flu virus occurs every year, usually in the winter and it can be far more serious than you think. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. The best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by protecting yourself against flu and have the flu vaccination.

Those aged over 65, pregnant women, carers and people with a long-term condition can receive a free flu jab from their GP surgery or pharmacist.

You should consider having a flu vaccination if you:

  • have a long-term health condition
  • are aged 65 years or over
  • live in a residential or nursing home
  • are the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • are a household contact of an immunocompromised person
  • are a frontline health or social care worker
  • are pregnant
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    Click here to find out more.

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Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours. To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • use tissues to catch germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible
  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap to kill germs

 
Click here to find out more.

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Change4Life launches new healthier snacking campaign

Change4Life has launched a new campaign to help families choose healthier snacks and reduce their children’s sugar intake. Children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar. Too much sugar is bad for their health.
 
To help you reduce the amount of sugar your children are consuming and choose healthier snacks while shopping, Change4Life is encouraging you to use the new simple tip – ‘Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!’
 
Click here to find out more.

 

In just one year, there were 76,402 missed appointments in Wiltshire GP practices.

Between July 2016 and June 2017, Wiltshire’s 50 GP Practices were recording an average of 29 missed GP, Practice Nurse and Healthcare Assistant appointments every week. Known as ‘Did Not Attends’, missed appointments have a huge impact on the health economy, prevent other patients from being seen and wastes practitioners’ valuable time.

We’re urging patients to take a few minutes to cancel their appointments if they are no longer required, or if they are unable to attend. Practices will then be able to offer those slots to other patients who require them and help to reduce appointment waiting times.

Click here to find out more.

Been coughing for 3 weeks or getting out of breath easily?

Did you know that having a cough for more than three weeks or getting out of breath doing things you used to be able to do, such as vacuuming could be signs of lung disease, heart disease or even cancer?

Our Be Clear on Cancer campaign encourages people to go to their doctor if they experience any of the above symptoms. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable. So don’t ignore it, tell your doctor.

Click here to find out more.

Spend lots of time outdoors? Cover up mate! 

As part of NHS England’s Cover Up Mate campaign, we are encouraging men who spend a lot of time outdoors, such as farmers, builders, gardeners and sportsmen, to take a safer approach to the sun to help reduce their risk of developing skin cancer. 

Click here to find out more.

When a stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. So recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. The sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention, the better their chances of a good recovery.

Click here to find out more.

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Just keep moving!

Kids need at least 60 minutes of activity every day. So Change4Life and Disney have teamed up again to take your kids on a 10 Minute Shake Up summer adventure, inspired by Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory.

Families can once again take part in the 10 Minute Shake Ups as well as enjoying Finding Dory inspired family swim sessions at local pools across the UK, all approved by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). The swim sessions provide an interactive hour of storytelling fun and activity for the whole family.

Click here to find out more.

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Did you know that blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer?

Our Be Clear on Cancer campaign encourages people to go to their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, even if they only see it once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable.

Click here to find out more.