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Local health advice

This section contains useful information for local people on how to stay healthy and live a healthier lifestyle.


  • 'Managing the cancer experience' course to begin shortly Learn about cancer management in a supportive and welcoming environment.A free course created to offer people support and guidance about how to live with and manage their experience of cancer is set to begin at Epsom Hospital at the end of April.
  • Farewell winter, hello hay fever Dr James MarshSpring has officially sprung, and although the blossoming trees and sunshine may be brightening the lives of many people, for some the warm weather only means one thing: the start of hay fever season.
  • Give flowers or chocolates - not a STI this Valentine's Day! Dr James MarshLove may be in the air at this time of year, but our Joint Medical Director Dr James Marsh is urging people to 'play it safe' this Valentine's Day, and be responsible when it comes to sexual activity.
  • Health teams join forces to gear up for winter From left: Brendan, Jackie, Chris, Chrisha and MatthewNHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group, the group of GPs that commission health services in the area, and our hospitals are working together to encourage local people to only visit accident and emergency if they really have to, following a surge in the number of patients coming through the hospitals' doors.
  • Busy A&Es urge people to 'choose well' this winter St Helier Hospital in the snowOur experts are urging local people to only come to accident and emergency (A&E) if they have to, following a surge in the number of patients coming through the hospitals' doors. Yesterday, our A&E units saw 457 patients - compared to an average of 370 patients per day during November last year.
  • Join our 'flu fighters' and have your jab Joint Medical Director Dr James Marsh having the flu jab.Our senior doctors, nurses and medicines experts are joining forces this year, to urge local people to protect themselves against flu by having the vaccine. For most people, flu is an unpleasant but not serious illness. However, for people considered 'at risk' - including pregnant women, over 65s and those with long term health conditions, the impact can be devastating.
  • Local doctors urge children to scoot safely to school Boy on a scooterNow that the summer holidays are over and local pupils return to school, experts from Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals are urging parents to keep a close eye on their children as they ride their scooters to and from the school gates - especially beside busy roads and pedestrians.
  • Don't bounce your way to A&E this summer, warn Epsom and St Helier experts Ruth CharltonThe trampoline craze - just try spotting a garden without one - is resulting in a surge of accidents, as youngsters hurt themselves during unsupervised play and tandem jumping. With summer holidays now well underway, Dr Ruth Charlton, a consultant paediatrician and Joint Medical Director for the Trust, is speaking up to highlight the need for greater public awareness of the dangers of trampolining.
  • Have fun in the sun - but take steps to stop heat-stroke, urges senior doctor Dr Martin StockwellDoctors and nurses from Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals are urging local people to enjoy the sun safely over the next few weeks, as high temperatures are set to stay.
  • Top doctor joins calls for tougher restrictions on cosmetic surgery An operating theatreOne of the most senior doctors at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals has welcomed recommendations from an independent review of cosmetic surgery, which include proposals to make sure people who give Botox injections have relevant qualifications, and creating new laws around injections to 'plump up' the skin (known as fillers).
  • Go compare! See how your local hospitals measure up against each other Hospital comparison pageDo you know how your local hospital is rated by mums-to-be, patients, staff and the Department of Health? Well, now you can find out at just the touch of a button, thanks to a new online service from Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals, which compares hospitals in south west London and Surrey against a number of official standards.
  • Top hospital doctor calls on smokers to quit No Smoking Day - stubbed out cigaretteNational 'No Smoking Day' takes place next week and a top doctor at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals is calling on smokers to kick their habit and save themselves a 'small fortune'. This year the theme for the annual event is 'Swap Fags for Swag' and aims to raise awareness amongst smokers of the many benefits of giving up.
  • 'Give blood and save a life' urges local doctor Dr James MarshA leading doctor at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals is urging local people to help save a life, by giving blood in 2013. As people start making plans for the year, such as birthdays, summer holidays and other trips, Dr James Marsh, the Trust's Deputy Medical Director and renal (kidney) consultant, is challenging local people to spare an hour of their time to donate blood.
  • Doctors and nurses call for neighbourhood watch as cold spell looms St Helier Hospital in the snowDoctors and nurses at Epsom, St Helier and Sutton hospitals are calling on local people to look out for elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours during the impending cold weather spell. Every winter in the UK, there are more than 25,000 deaths linked to the cold weather, including older people who can find themselves increasingly vulnerable during wintery spells.
  • Our A&E departments are very busy Accident and emergency departmentDoctors and nurses at Epsom and St Helier hospitals are urging local people to only use our accident and emergency (A&E) departments if they need to, as both units are currently very busy, with an unprecedented number of people needing urgent hospital treatment.
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