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New look Sparcells surgery will be more family friendly

Improvements under way at Sparcells GP surgery, West Swindon, marking next phase of development for this popular practice.

Improvements are getting under way at the Sparcells GP surgery in West Swindon marking the next phase of development for this popular practice. Carfax Health Enterprise has now formally taken over th...

More carers needed to open up their homes

Home & Away Scheme - information evening on 26 March

We are doing a big push to spread awareness of the Home & Away Scheme, in advance of an information evening at the end of the month, writes Cheryl Keller at the Swindon Council Family Placement Te...

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Kerry gives up her golden tresses for Little Princess Trust

Kerry's long blond curls will help provide wigs for children who have lost their hair

When Kerry Rutherford, 9, from Toothill saw a story online about Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions such as a...

Ladies Pamper Night - 21 March

Fundraising in aid of Mammography Biopsy Chair Project, Great Western Hospital


New group to support parents with post natal depression

Having suffered with post natal depression herself, Lesley Hughes passes on tips and hits to those experiencing the same difficulties.

Having suffered herself with post natal depression Swindon mum Lesley Hughes has set up a support group for other parents and relatives experiencing the same difficulties, or who are worried about a f...

Swap fags for swag on National No Smoking Day

Swindon smokers urged to give up smoking on 13 March and consider the financial benefits of quitting.

Thousands of smokers in Swindon are being encouraged to ‘swap fags for swag’ and consider the financial benefits of quitting, this month on the 30th anniversary of No Smoking Day. Nearly ...

Autism Awareness Day: Saturday 16 March

Free Autism Awareness Workshop, Uplands School, North Swindon, 9.30am-3pm

Free Autism Awareness Workshop hosted by members of the Rotary District 1100 eClub in association with Uplands School and Uplands Educational Trust Saturday 16 March 2013, 9.30am-3pm at Uplands Schoo...

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Take a new approach with a two day a week fasting plan

LighterLife counsellor Deborah Cripps is offering a new way to lose weight

LighterLife counsellor Deborah Cripps is offering a new way to lose weight based on the principles of intermittent fasting, a programme gaining a lot of attention in the media. Well known journalist,...

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Shirley Garman, a sure Swindon treasure and certainly worth a million

Juliet Platt recalls a woman who inspired many others to help Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Enter the Mad March Hare on 24 March in aid of Breakthrough. Ladies Pamper Night on 21 March

Swindon Link writes about people we call a Swindon Treasure, those with inspirational stories who do so much for the town, or should be remembered as outstanding individuals. Juliet Platt recalls a w...

Public invited to find out more about dementia

Free health talk by dementia expert at Great Western Hospital on Wednesday 6 March

Local people are invited to learn more about dementia from a local expert at a special open evening being held on Wednesday 6 March, 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Lecture Hall 1, The Academy, Great Western Hos...

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Vet’s Klinic Raise Awareness of Heart Disease in Pets

Look out for the signs of heart disease in your pet.

February is Heart Awareness Month for humans and Vet’s Klinic, Swindon’s newest vet practice in Bridgemead, is raising awareness of heart disease in pets too. As well as being common in hu...

Healthy advice on offer at the Central Library

Health and well-being at the centre of two events taking place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February.

The library in Regents Circus will be hosting two talks on Friday 22 February from 7.15pm in the 2nd floor reading room as a prequel to a free health and well-being event the following day. Lizzie Ca...

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Ideas wanted to help celebrate MS Therapy Centre's 30th year

Give us your fundraising ideas to help make 2013 a memorable year.

Thirty years is a really long time for a charity to survive - especially if it has managed to grow without any state funding. And with cutbacks ripping through the voluntary sector, the Swindon Thera...

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Become a Yoga Teacher, connect with nature

Thinking of changing your career to become a yoga teacher? Go for the yoga teacher training that will make you stand out.

Thinking of changing your career to become a yoga teacher? Go for the yoga teacher training that will make you stand out. With hundreds of yoga styles and yoga teacher training schools out there, it'...

NICE comes to Swindon - 23 January

Public Board Meeting and Question Time session at Great Western Hospital, Swindon

On Wednesday 23 January 2013 NICE will be holding its Public Board Meeting and Question Time session at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. A question time session with Chief Executive Sir Andrew ...

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Rock Up In Red for British Heart Foundation

Help raise vital funds on 1 February as part of National Heart Month

An estimated half a million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the South West   Did you know that heart and circulatory disease is one of the UK’s biggest killers? There ...

Do you and your kids want to get fitter, healthier and happier?

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) is a free, fun, 10 week healthy lifestyle programme for 5 to 13 year olds who are above a healthy weight.

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) is a free, fun 10 week healthy lifestyle programme for 5 to 13 year olds who are above a healthy weight. Participants learn about healthy eating, nutrition an...

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Get fit and make friends at new women only gym

SwanS - one-stop shop for ladies' health, fitness and beauty needs based in West Swindon

Having suffered a heart attack in 2010 Linda Scarrott, 56, knew she needed to do something about her health and fitness. But after failing to find a comfortable gym environment to get the exercise tha...

Burn off that festive food for free by joining a health walk

Feel fitter, have fun and meet new people, and its free

Led by trained volunteers and open to everyone, the friendly groups organised by Challenge Swindon meet once a week and step out at a fairly brisk pace to cover two to three miles in 45 minutes. It&r...

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Jack shines a light on Swindon fluency

A young man who has learnt how to manage his stammer to help Swindon children with similar problems has picked up two awards.

Jack Fradgley has been named Young Person of the Year and been handed an Outstanding Achievement award from sponsors Pearson Assessment at The Communication Trust’s Shine a Light Awards after ju...

Christmas is coming…..get it covered

Christmas campaign continues with a message to young people

The Swindon Community Safety Partnership has teamed up with other agencies and community partners to send out a strong message to young people who will be celebrating this Christmas Using the slogan ...

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Have you noticed NHS changes? asks Jo Osorio of Swindon LINk

Latest NHS reforms coming thick and fast and more to take effect from April

Have you noticed? The latest reforms of the National Health Service are coming thick and fast – some have already happened and more take effect from April, writes Jo Osorio of Swindon LINk. But...

Food hygiene ratings in Swindon available from new app

New app will help you choose where to eat out or shop for food.

Consumers can check hygiene standards at food outlets in Swindon even faster thanks to a new app from the Food Standards Agency. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) came into force in Swindon earli...

Free therapy day at Yoga Centre

Get some pre-Christmas TLC at Swindon Yoga & Massage Centre - Saturday 15 December

Receive some pre-Christmas TLC to keep warm and well nourished at Swindon Yoga & Massage Centre at Bradbury House, Westmead Drive on Saturday 15 December. Book in advance for a free 30 minute tas...

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MS Therapy Centre offers oxygen therapy to aid recovery

Hyperbaric chamber available to people recovering from injury or surgery.

Breaking a bone can spell disaster for any sportsman or woman at any level - from the loss of income for professionals to the disruption to everyday life for amateurs. Anybody recovering from injury o...


Artwork marks 10 years of Great Western Hospital opening

Photos by Richard Wintle of calyxpix.com from 3 December 2012 and opening day on 3 December 2002

A giant framed 10 made up of faces of 300 babies born at Swindon's GWH was unveiled on the tenth anniversary of the hospital opening on 3 December 2002. One of the first babies to be cared for at t...