Aches & Pains. Don’t let life’s niggles wear you down
Arthritis isn’t a single disease, but rather a term used to describe a range of diseases that affect the joints. Common symptoms of arthritis include: joint pain, swelling, and stiffness, reduced movement of the joints, warmth and redness of the skin over the affected joint, muscle wasting and weakness around the affected joint.
A muscle sprain occurs when there is an injury such as a stretch or tear to a ligament. Ligaments are tough, band-like structures that connect 2 or more bones to a joint. Muscle sprains most commonly affect the ankles, but can also occur in the wrists, thumbs, and knees.
Back pain, particularly lower back pain (lumbago), is a common condition that affects around a third of the UK population each month. There are many different causes of back pain, and it often goes away without treatment, but it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
Allergies. Protect your peace-of-mind
Itchy Eyes Health Guide coming soon!
House Dust Allergy
A dust allergy is an allergy that is triggered by dust. Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts to a harmless substance it perceives as a threat, triggering the release of a chemical called histamine. Dust allergy is commonly caused by house dust mites. It may make symptoms of asthma or eczema worse.
An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance, triggering a process in your body called an allergic reaction. The substances that trigger an allergic reaction are called allergens.
Coughs & Colds. Nasty colds & everything in-between
A chest infection can affect your windpipe, bronchi (the tubes taking air into the lungs), or the deeper parts of your lungs.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a common viral infection that affects your nose, throat and lungs.
Covid 19. Check out our latest Covid blog posts
When Should Passengers Take covid Tests UK
Find out when you need to test for COVID-19 once you have arrived to the UK from abroad.
New UK Travel Test Rules February 2022
The UK government has announced new Covid-19 Travel Testing requirements for entry into the UK
Lateral Flow Test Guide
Lateral flow testing is now widely used to help us travel more conveniently and are quick, easy and hassle-free.
International Airports Covid Rules Requirements
With different countries, airports, and airlines following different COVID regulations, it can be difficult to travel these days.
Fully Vaccinated vs Partially Vaccinated
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting ill
EU Travel Update
Unvaccinated travellers or those who are still testing positive for infection are still eligible to travel to some countries within the EU
Covid Travel Checklist International Trips Pdf
This guide is a complete COVID-19 travel checklist to help you to make those important international trips
Australia Border Reopening
Australia's borders are re-opening for international travel but what does this mean if you have tested positive for COVID-19? Find out how you may still be able to travel to Australia here.
Antigen vs Antibody Test
Antigen and Antibodies - you've heard those before. But what do they really mean and how do they work?
Accuracy of Rapid Covid Test
Rapid Covid-19 tests are lateral flow antigen tests that provide quick results without the need for laboratory analysis like a PCR test does
Check out our latest Covid Blog Posts
Ear Nose and Throat. Whatever it is, we’ve got you covered
Ear infections are very common in young children but you can still get an ear infection as an adult.
Laryngitis symptoms often get worse during the first 3 days but can usually be managed at home.
Acute sinusitis is a common condition affecting up to 10% of UK adults. Symptoms can vary in severity, ranging from a painful condition to a mild irritation.
A sore throat is a pain, scratchy feeling or irritation of the throat that feels worse when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, like a cold or flu. Whilst they can be irritating, sore throats usually resolve on their own and usually aren’t anything to worry about.
Eye Problems. We treat a number of eye-related conditions
Blepharitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids. It is a common condition that is more likely to affect people with oily skin or conditions like seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), acne rosacea, dry eye, and allergies that affect the eye.
A stye (also known as a hordeolum) is a small abscess on the eyelid. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection.
Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. It is a common condition that normally affects both eyes. It is also known as red or pink eye.
A red eye occurs when tiny blood vessels beneath the surface of the eye become inflamed making the eyes appear red and bloodshot. It can affect one or both eyes and is usually caused by something irritating the eye. In most cases, a red eye is not a sign of anything serious and clears up on its own once the irritation is removed. It does not usually cause permanent damage to your eye.
Infections. See how to spot an infection early
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common in women - some experts predict that around 50 to 60% of women will develop a UTI at least once in their lifetime.
Lyme disease occurs following a bite from an infected tick and can drastically affect people’s lifestyles and daily activities when left untreated.
Cystitis is an infection and inflammation of the bladder. It is most commonly caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI) and occurs when bacteria travel up the urethra (the tube you pee from) and enter the bladder.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that affects the feet and usually forms between the toes. It is typically treated with creams, powders or sprays which you can buy in drugstores or in pharmacies. In some people, it can cause burning, stinging, redness, and itching as well as flaking of the skin.
Fungal nail infections are common and typically aren’t too severe but can take a while to treat. They usually affect your toenails, but you can get them on your fingernails, too. Nail infections can sometimes start at the nail's edge and often spread to the middle of the nail, making the nail appear discoloured, resulting in some parts of the nail becoming thicker.
Mental Health. We're here to help
Stress is an emotional and physical response to pressure, adversity, or demanding circumstances.
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Anxiety is a sense of unease or worry and can be mild to severe.
Depression is a mood disorder that negatively affects the way you think and feel, and can impact daily activities like eating, sleeping, and interacting with others.
Phobias Health Guide coming soon!
Other Health Guides.
Sick Notes – also known as fit notes, doctor’s notes, and med3s – can be complicated to navigate. Read our Guide to find out everything you need to know.
Fatigue is the main health issue for 5-7% of people attending primary care (seeing their GP).
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is when you don’t have enough vitamin D in your body to be healthy. Vitamin D is responsible for keeping your bones, muscles, and teeth healthy, supporting your immune system, and maintaining the balance of electrolytes in your body.
Many people need repeat prescriptions for a variety of conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hay fever and other chronic health conditions.
Antibiotics work by killing bacteria or preventing them from spreading further. They are sometimes prescribed by your doctor to treat or prevent some types of bacterial infection
Antibiotics are a type of medication used to treat bacterial infections. Read on to find out what antibiotics are, how they work, and what kind of infections they are used to treat.
Period Delay Health Guide coming soon!
Smoking Cessation Health Guide coming soon!
Being overweight or obese can have serious implications for your health and increases your risk of many diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, oestoarthritis and some cancers. Being overweight can also affect your psychological health as it can lead to feelings of depression and low self-esteem and may contribute to social isolation.
Urinary incontinence is a condition where you pass urine involuntarily (when you don’t want to). It is a common condition, but the exact number of people with urinary incontinence is unknown. Many people feel embarrassed by their condition or assume it’s a normal part of getting older and cannot be treated. For this reason, many people don’t talk about their condition, even with their GP.
A fever, also known as a high temperature or pyrexia, is when your body temperature is higher than normal. Normal body temperature varies between people and may fluctuate throughout the day, but it is usually around 37 °C.
Reflux happens to most people from time to time and is usually nothing to worry about, but if it happens frequently, you may have a condition known as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD or GORD). While GERD itself isn’t dangerous, it is unpleasant and can lead to serious health problems such as oesophagitis (inflammation of the oesophagus), and rarely, oesophageal cancer.
Sexual Health. It happens to the best of us
Erectile dysfunction, otherwise known as ED, or impotence is a condition where a man is unable to get or keep an erection long enough to have sex. This happens to most men on occasion, but if it happens often it may be a sign of an underlying health problem.
Menopause is a natural process that happens when your hormone levels change, you no longer produce eggs in your ovaries, and your periods stop.
Male fertility is the ability to father a child naturally through unprotected sexual intercourse.
Birth control (also known as contraception) is any method used to reduce the chance of becoming pregnant.
The combined contraceptive pill is the most popular method of birth control in the UK. With perfect use, it can be up to 99.9% effective.
Heavy periods are menstrual periods that last for more than 7 days or involve particularly heavy bleeding.
STI is the abbreviation for a group of infections known as sexually transmitted infections. They may also be called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STI is the abbreviation for a group of infections known as sexually transmitted infections. They may also be called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Ejaculation is when semen is expelled from the penis during male orgasm. Premature ejaculation is when this happens earlier than you or your partner would like; it may also be described as “cumming too soon”. It is the most common sexual health problem in men and affects between 30 to 50% of men.
Skin Problems. Whatever it is, we can support you
Acne When Pregnant
More than one out of every two women can expect to develop acne during pregnancy. However, managing this can be tricky.
For most teenagers, the stress of school and growing up is enough to handle. But roughly 8 in every 10 preteens and teens have acne.
Acne Myths Debunked
With the rise of social media, many people adopt skincare advice given to them by influencers.
Though difficult to prevent, there are many steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of acne.
Acne Signs and Symptoms
Acne is a very common condition that causes spots, oily skin and inflammation
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that causes sores or blisters on the skin. It is most common in young children, but anyone can get it. Impetigo is highly contagious, meaning it is easily spread from one person to another.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes patches of scaly skin on the body. The patches may be sore or itchy. It is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes flare-ups (where symptoms are more severe) throughout a person's life.
It’s normal for some hair to fall out and on average we lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day which are usually replaced with new hairs. As we age, this regrowth can slow, causing our hair to become thinner.
Ringworm is a common skin infection caused by fungi. It is called ringworm because it causes a circular, ring-like rash on the body. Despite the name, it is not caused by worms.
Rash Health Guide coming soon!
A cold sore is a sore or blister that develops on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores normally clear up on their own within 7 to 10 days, but you can treat symptoms like itching, burning and pain and speed up healing with antiviral creams like aciclovir (Zovirax).
There are a few things we can’t help with:
Severe chest pain or suspected heart attack
Neurological defects or seizures
Sudden or heavy bleeding
All controlled drug prescriptions, benzodiazepines, opiate pain-killers and alcohol detoxification
NHS referrals or prescriptions
Observation for Covid Testing / Covid Test Certificates
Health Declarations, Fitness Assessments, Certification of Health Conditions
Dental Treatments or Advice
Severe sudden onset of pain
Severe mental health issues (such as psychosis or suicidal thoughts)
Major trauma on any part of the body, including head and neck injuries
Fever for more than 3 days associated with confusion or disorientation
Suspected stroke (slurred speech, facial droop, arm weakness)
Sudden onset of difficulty in breathing
Persistent breathlessness including asthma attacks
Patients on chemotherapy with suspected neutropenia
Note: this service is not for ongoing chronic care - it is not a replacement for your own GP.