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The great Christmas stuffing

GWH dieticians offer handy dietary advice ahead of the big festive feast!

With less than three weeks to go till Christmas Day, Dieticians at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have put together some handy dietary advice ahead of the big festive feast. The average...

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Swindon SEQOL highly commended in national awards

Success at Philip Baxendale Awards for social enterprise

SEQOL, the social enterprise that delivers community health and adult social care in Swindon, has been highly commended in the employee innovation category of the national Philip Baxendale Awards. Th...

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MEND Swindon. Time to make a New Year’s resolution

Sign up for MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) for free

Christmas will be with us soon, but do you and your children want to get fitter, healthier and happier in 2014?  MEND is offering a free, fun 10 week healthy lifestyle programme for 5 to 16-year...

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Local Businesses support Kidney Charity Event

Delicious Indian food and entertainment on offer at Ladies' Charity Night - 13 December, Supermarine Sports and Social Club

A small business based in Swindon is holding a charity fundraising dinner and disco to raise awareness of altruistic kidney donation (the act of giving a kidney to a stranger). Jasie Rai, Director of...

Support given to Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service helps promote awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide

The charity Carbon Monoxide Awareness is holding its eighth National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week from Monday 18 November.   The group supports the many victims of carbon monoxide (CO) poison...

Taking action over undernutrition in Swindon

Awareness Day, Eldene Health Centre, Thursday 14 November.

Community Dietitians at Great Western Hospital are raising awareness of the problem of undernutrition with an ongoing campaign to encourage people at risk to recognise the signs. Undernutrition is ve...


National Trust's OakMobile brings magic to Swindon

Mini-mobile theatre visits Heelis

After launching in Birmingham earlier this year, the magical OakMobile made a half term visit to the town on Wednesday 30 October to provide an intriguing, interactive theatrical experience and free f...


Swindon head shave helps abused women in Goa

Bollywood tutor now suffering from rare auto immune disease wants greater awareness

Dorothy Clarke, surrounded by well wishers drawn from her many community links across the town, smiled and laughed as her long black hair was cut off and her head shaved in public on Friday 25 October...

SEQOL wins prestigious national award

Swindon social enterprise wins Health Services Journal award for high-tech Tele-health system

SEQOL wins prestigious national award for using technology to improve patient care and make efficiencies. SEQOL, the social enterprise that delivers a range of community health and adult social care ...


Swindon Puppy Skool boosts total for CLIMB

Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases supported by members of dog training business

Well over 200 people enjoyed an open day with lots of competitions at Janet’s Puppy Skool in Haydon Wick in September and raised a record breaking £2005 for CLIMB (Children Living with Inh...

GWH hosts Twitter Q&A on breast cancer awareness: 21 October

Consultant breast surgeon Mr Nathan Coombs to answer tweeted questions

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Great Western Hospital will be raising awareness of breast cancer care by hosting an online Q&A session on Twitter on Monday 21 October, 1pm ...

Fundraising for Swindon Therapy Centre for MS

Localgiving.com to match £10 donations made online

Local Giving.com Match Fund Starting on 15 October local giving will match £10 donations made to Swindon Therapy Centre for MS online at www.localgiving.com. There is a £500,000 pot avai...


Bollywood dancer Dorothy to shave head: 25 October

Charity event to take place in the Brunel Centre

Dorothy Clarke, known by many across the town as the face of the Bollywood Dreamers dance group, as seen at Swindon Mela and many other public events has been diagnosed with a serious and rare auto-im...

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Is your life missing something? asks Swindon therapist

It's important to find time for yourself every day, writes Jane Child.

If you're always giving your energy to others and never taking time for yourself, then you may feel stressed and even become ill. Signs of stress included disturbed sleep, increased blood pressure, n...

Smoker stops in the Nick of time

Sign up for Stoptober - the 28 day challenge to quit smoking.

Giving up smoking was a life or death decision for Nick Sheppard - he chose to stop and is encouraging others to sign up for Stoptober, the 28-day challenge to quit smoking. The 47-year-old, from Wal...

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Swindon mum's slimming sky high success

A slimmer from Swindon has told of how her life “changed forever” after joining Slimming World sessions at Abbey Meads.

A slimmer from Swindon has told of how her life “changed forever” after joining Slimming World sessions at Abbey Meads. Sarah Rolls lost a remarkable 6.5 stones (41kg) and shrunk from siz...

Medical experts offer free diabetes advice

7.30pm on 1 October and 5 November at Broadgreen Centre.

Leading medical consultants will be sharing their diabetes expertise with people in Swindon at two events organised by a local Diabetes UK Voluntary Group which provides support, advice and education ...

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Joe’s a picture with Lewis

Joe now has a picture to remember the day his hero came to St Francis Primary School, Swindon

Joe Wilding, who was pictured with former England rugby captain Lewis Moody on the June front page, now has the picture to remember the day when his hero came to school. Lewis agreed to put on a spec...

Free well being day at Swindon Yoga and Massage Centre

An Autumn opportunity for nurture and rest on Saturday 5 October.

An Autumn opportunity for nurture and rest on Saturday 5 October. Try out therapies and classes with professional therapy practitioners and teachers. Free sample treatments include Shiatsu massage,...

Swindon Tamil group takes the road to a healthy heart

Cycling to Devizes and back to raise money for Heart Research UK.

A group of cyclists from the Swindon Tamil Association are taking the road to a healthy heart by cycling to Devizes and back as part of World Heart Day weekend to raise money for national charity Hear...

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North Swindon MP makes pledge in the fight against dementia

Justin Tomlinson will take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK. Justin joined 200 other MPs, representatives from Alzheimer’s Soci...


Royal patron for Prospect Hospice Swindon

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is to become the new President of Prospect Hospice

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is to become the new President of Prospect Hospice, the charity which provides end-of-life care to a community of over 300,000 across north Wiltshire. Her Royal Highness ...

GWH staff launch lifesaving campaign against sepsis

'The Sepsis Six' lifesaving campaign to launch on World Sepsis Day, 13 September

Staff at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon are celebrating World Sepsis Day on 13 September with the launch of a lifesaving campaign - ‘The Sepsis Six’ - to tackle the condition which ...


GWH calls for youngsters to come up with Emergency Department art work

Great Western Hospital wants your ideas for decorating their new children’s ED

Great Western Hospital have launched a competition to get local children to come up with ideas for decorating their new children’s Emergency Department. Last month building work began to transf...

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Ladies Pink Pamper Night - Marriott Hotel, Swindon

Indulge yourself and raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer on 3 October

The month of October each year is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) and each year Lynn Parfry organises a fundraising Pamper Night. To raise awareness of Breast Cancer to the community of Swindon,...

Discover more about your local health trust

Annual Members Meeting, Great Western Hospital - Wednesday 11 September, 5.45pm

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to find out about their latest developments and improvements in patient care at their upcoming Annual Members Meeting taking place...