As the four-day Easter break approaches (from Friday 14 until Monday 17 April), Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) are asking people to Choose Well and help their local NHS by using the most appropriate local healthcare service over the Bank Holiday.

Cornerstone Surgery and Ridgeway View Family Practice Surgery in Swindon became one GP practice on 31 March 2017.

A public consultation regarding the future of the Place of Safety in Swindon and Wiltshire  is being held on Tuesday 4th April at 0930 – 1230 at The Pilgrim Centre, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1PX.

People with diabetes in the Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire area will benefit from a new diabetic eye screening programme.

Public Health England has launched its annual Act FAST campaign in the South West to remind people of the key symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 999 immediately if they notice any single one of the symptoms themselves or in others.

The local NHS is asking people in Swindon to seek help early if they feel unwell and not wait until their condition gets worse.

A handy information leaflet with details of local healthcare services which can be accessed without an appointment has been produced, to encourage people to seek help sooner. It can be downloaded here.

Nursing staff at the Great Western Hospital have launched a campaign to remind families, friends and carers what they can do to ensure patients can leave hospital as soon as they are well enough.

NHS Swindon CCG is proposing changes to its current IVF policy and is keen to explain to the public why we are doing this. We are committed to seeking the views of local people, to understand any potential impact the proposed changes may have.

• Children in England consume almost 3 sugar cubes at breakfast time alone,  which equates to half their recommended daily amount 

• Over 8 in 10 parents surveyed consider their children’s breakfast as healthy 

• New Change4Life Be Food Smart app shows families see how much sugar, saturated fat and salt and is in their food and drinks 

Illness and injury rarely take time off at Christmas, but neither do many of the medical establishments in Swindon and Wiltshire.