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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...

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Sign up for MEND in September - Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!

MEND is a free, fun 10 week lifestyle programme for 5 to 16 year olds who are above a healthy weight, as well as their parents or carers.

MEND is a free, fun 10 week lifestyle programme for 5 to 16 year olds who are above a healthy weight, as well as their parents or carers. Participants learn about the importance of nutrition and exer...


Swindon diabetics get chance to learn from experts

Leading medical consultants to share their knowledge with people in Swindon at events organised by local Diabetes UK Voluntary Group.

Three doctors will each attend one of the monthly meetings arranged by the Diabetes UK Swindon Voluntary Group between September and November. The voluntary group, which provides support, advice and ...

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Carol Vorderman calls on West Country to 'Run Like A Robot' to save lives

The Big Run for the Future on 8 September will raise vital funds to support prostate cancer research

The Big Run for the Future on 8 September will raise vital funds to support prostate cancer research at the Bristol Urological Institute. People throughout the South West are being urged by televisio...

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Sarah's Slimming World Success

Sarah Rolls decided to join Slimming World when she was turned down for a sky dive - for being too heavy.

Sarah Rolls joined her first Slimming World group when she was turned down for a sky dive, which she had dreamed of doing, as she was too heavy. At University Sarah had gained weight, had attended a ...

GWH starts major emergency department revamp

Works get underway at Great Western Hospital on 14 August

Building work begins on Wednesday 14 August to transform the Emergency Department at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. The result will be a more pleasant, modern and comfortable environment for ...

Opportunities to get your health checked in Swindon this summer

NHS health checks at the Mobility Awareness Day, New College on 17 August and Mela Festival, Town Gardens on 14 September.

There are lots of different ways people can get their health checked, which could help prevent or provide early diagnosis of a range of health problems from heart disease to diabetes. NHS Health Chec...


Campaign raises enough to purchase a cold cot for Great Western Hospital

Mum who experienced still birth helps GWH

After the tragic still-birth of her first grandchild in October 2012, Sue Pullen and her daughter Vicky embarked in May on a campaign to purchase a refrigerated cold cot for the maternity unit at GWH....

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Try the SEQOL footcare service for yourself – for free!

Special offer for Link readers - first appointment free and free nail cutting kit worth £11.

First appointment free and free nail cutting kit* Falling over, whether at home or outside, can have serious consequences for older people or people who have disabilities. There’s the risk tha...


Samaritans talk to customers at Sainsburys West Swindon

Samaritans hold 'Come and talk to us' at Bridgemead store

Swindon and District Samaritans and Sainsburys Bridgemead teamed up on Sunday 21 July for the Swindon Samaritans’ Annual Awareness Day . Volunteers from Samaritans were in store with a stand in...


The Hepatitis C testing roadshow comes to Swindon on 18 July

Charity urges public to ‘Talk, Test, Treat’

The Hepatitis C Trust testing roadshow comes to Swindon on Thursday 18 July, 10am to 4pm, to help identify the thousands of people in England and Wales who have hepatitis C, but do not know they have ...

Wiltshire Veterans now seek mental health support much sooner

New information released ahead of tonight's BBC Panorama special on military mental health

New research from has shown that Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental illnesses far sooner than Veterans of earlier wars. T...


Get ready to help others in Swindon as Heatwave continues

Swindon residents are being warned to be prepared after weather forecasters say the very hot weather will go on

            Swindon residents are being warned to be prepared after weather forecasters say the hot weather will con...


Look out for seniors in sweltering Swindon says SEQOL

Check on your elderly neighbours to make sure they don't become overheated or dehydrated

Check on your elderly neighbours and make sure they are coping in the heatwave. SEQOL, which provides adult social care and community health services to Swindon, is urging people who live near older ...

College students go to summer school at GWH

'Dare to Doctor' - Students from across Swindon to get an insight into a career in medicine this week.

A’Level students from across Swindon will be taking part in a special summer school at Great Western Hospital this week to give them an insight into a career in medicine. In its second year, th...


Party marks three decades of Swindon MS Therapy Centre

30 years celebrated in the sunshine

Over 200 members, families, supporters and VIPs came together for a party on 6 July to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the award winning Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis. Starti...

Swindon health professionals offer heatwave advice

Residents are being warned to be prepared for heatwave this weekend

People in the town are being warned to be prepared after weather forecasters predicted a heatwave this weekend. The Met Office has warned that Swindon and the South West has a 60% chance of having he...


New breastfeeding scheme launched across Swindon

Project aims to support breastfeeding mothers when they are out and about

A national promotings which aims to support breastfeeding mothers when they are out and about has been launched in Swindon by Swindon Borough Council. The Breastfeeding Welcome scheme offers a truste...

NHS celebrates 65th birthday in Swindon by offering life-saving screening

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme for men 65 and over will prevent hundreds of premature deaths.

A screening programme that will prevent hundreds of premature deaths is now offered to men aged 65 and over in Swindon and throughout England on the 65th anniversary of the National Health Service. T...

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Mercedes intro-juices health benefits to Swindon employees

Employees sign up to The Core's 5 day Detox with incredible results

A hectic work life can make it difficult to maintain a healthy food habit, leaving the options of fast food and unhealthy snacks as the only convenient option for a lunchtime meal. This is why car de...

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Boy in Swindon accident thanks Great Western Air Ambulance

Family of former patient donate to the cause that helped save his life

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) have received a donation of £3650 from church members and the family of a former patient who have gone on to raise funds for the cause. Max Deans, 9,...

Swindon Libraries launch 'books on prescription'

Scheme will use reading to help people suffering from depression and anxiety

Swindon Borough Council’s library service has signed up to a new scheme which will use reading to help the 6 million people in England who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety. ...

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Struggling to get to your local optician?

VisionVisit mobile eyecare provide a personal service using the latest portable optical equipment in the comfort of your own home.

              Do you, or someone you know, need a sight test but struggle getting to the local optician? If so then you may be entitled to a free NHS sight ...

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North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson supports carers in Swindon

Justin joins forces with Lynda Bellingham to celebrate the launch of Carers Week, 10 to 16 June

To celebrate the launch of Carers Week, 10 to 16 June, Justin joined forces with actress Lynda Bellingham, to recognise the contribution that carers in Swindon make on a daily basis. In a photocall a...

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Prospect Hospice lottery is a win-win

North Swindon women wins £1000 in lottery run by Prospect Hospice which cares for her husband

A North Swindon woman has won the £1,000 prize in the weekly lottery run to raise funds for Prospect Hospice which provides care for her husband. Allison Standley, whose husband John has cance...