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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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