Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time - in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit. Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes. But the government campaign during October will feature vaping in its TV adverts for the first time. It comes after e-cigarettes proved the most popular tool for quitting during last year's campaign. Some 53% of people used them, helping push the numbers of people taking part in Stoptober since its launch in 2012 to over 1.5 million. 10 charts on how smoking ban changed UK E-cigs 'definitely' safer than smoking E-cigarettes are not yet officially prescribed on

NHS told to brace itself for bad flu season

Flu could put much more pressure than usual on GPs and hospitals this winter, health bosses are predicting. It follows the worst outbreak in many years in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking at a health conference in Manchester, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the winter flu season there was a pointer to the pressure which could build up in the NHS this winter. But he insisted measures were being taken to ensure the NHS was prepared. Reports have suggested there has been close to double the amount of flu circulating in Australia this July and August - the country's core winter months - than the average over the previous five winters. Should I worry about flu this winter? Mr St

Public ‘tricked’ into buying unhealthy food

The UK's obesity crisis is being fuelled by businesses pushing unhealthy food and larger portions on shoppers, according to health experts. The Royal Society for Public Health warned consumers were being tricked by a marketing ploy known as upselling. The tactic involves shops, cafes and restaurants encouraging customers to upgrade to larger meals and drinks or adding high-calorie toppings and sides. A poll suggested eight in 10 people experienced it every week. How upselling fuels obesity 78% of people experience upselling each week 106 upsells per person per year 35% added sides like chips to a meal 34% bought a larger coffee 17,000 extra calories on average over a year Source: Royal Socie

NHS launches £100m drive to recruit foreign GPs

The NHS in England is to pay recruitment agencies £100m as part of a huge international drive to boost the number of GPs. Contracts have been put out to tender that could see half of the extra 5,000 GPs promised by 2020 brought in from abroad. It comes as the NHS continues to struggle to train and retain its home-grown GPs. Support staff, including nurses and therapists, will also be targeted. NHS bosses said the move was needed to relieve the pressure on the service. Extra investment The international recruitment is part of a £2.4bn investment in GP services by 2020. The boost in funding - a rise of 14% once inflation is taken into account - was announced after the 2015 election, during whi

One in three 'sick notes' for mental health, says NHS

Nearly a third of fit notes issued by GPs are for psychiatric problems, says an NHS report. This makes them the most common reason for people to take time off work, ahead of musculoskeletal diseases. There was a 14% rise in notes relating to anxiety and stress between 2015-16 and 2016-17. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said the findings were "alarming" and pointed to a need for more to be done to help get people back to work. Fit notes is the formal name given to what were once called sick notes. The new data analysed more than 12 million of them, issued over almost two and a half years from GP practices across England. Around half of the notes had a known diagnosis. It was the first tim

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Yew Tree Pharmacy

Yew Tree Pharmacy, 20 Redwood Road, Yew Tree Estate, Walsall, West Midlands, WS5 4LB.

Tel: (01922) 62 6918 
Fax: (01922) 63 7542 

Opening Times:

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm;

Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm;

Sunday Closed;

Open Over Lunch

Bank Holidays 2020

Aug 31 - Closed
Dec 25 - Closed
Dec 28 - Closed

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