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Help and Advice

This page provides helpful links to both national and Sheffield based NHS web pages regarding certain conditions and queries.  We set this page up in conjunction with the “Useful Links” page to help provide further sources of information to our patients.

This page contains information on the following:

Practice Leaflets

Back pain
Heatwave advice
Help to stop smoking
Mental health
Respiratory health
Sexual health
Support agencies
Winter health advice


Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Practice Leaflets

Listed below are a selection of our internal posters and leaflets containing useful patient information.  Please note that these files are designed to be printed in bulk and quickly, so some formatting may be peculiar until printed and placed together.

Smoking - your Guide To Quitting (.docx)

Home Visits Poster (.docx)

Back Pain Exercises (.docx)

Neck Pain Exercises (.docx)

Verrucas and Warts (.docx)


Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol will not do you any physical or psychological harm. However, for some people, social drinking can lead to heavier drinking, which can cause serious health problems.
The more alcohol you drink the greater your risk of causing various kinds of damage to your body.
Because of this, the NHS gives advice on sensible drinking based on evaluation of all the known risks. -
Local NHS Sheffield page for alcohol . - Sheffield Alcohol Services Contacts . - Help for people affected by someone else’s drinking. - NHS choices page - Large selection of helpful information including explaining what a unit of alcohol is, help tracking your unit intake, and tips to help people cut down their alcohol consumption.

Back Pain

Back pain is a common condition and in the UK, it is the largest cause of work-related absence. Back pain can be very uncomfortable, but it is not usually serious.
Back pain can affect anyone, regardless of age, but it is more common in people who are between 35 and 55 years of age.
In the majority of cases, the cause of back pain can be linked to the way that the bones, muscles and ligaments in the back work together. -
Local NHS Sheffield page for back pain that links into: - The main Sheffield website covering both back and neck pain, with links to other sources of musculoskeletal pain (shoulder, hip, knee) -
NHS choices page - Explore this guide to learn more about the different types of back pain, get advice on treatment and understand the ways you can prevent back pain in the future. - help reducing the risk of back pain at work. - video and information.


Information and support for carers in Sheffield who, unpaid, look after relatives or family members who are disabled, frail or severely ill. - NHS sheffield page for palliative care - providing information and help for end of life care. - Main local webpage for providing support and information for carers in and around Sheffield.  Not an official NHS website, but supported by Sheffield Council and NHS Trust. - National homepage for cancer support - Homepage for one of the best known cancer and carer support organisations within Sheffield.

Heatwave advice

Looking after yourself and others during hot weather.  Most of us enjoy sunny weather, but extreme heat can seriously damage your health. During a heatwave, when temperatures stay really high day after day, it can sometimes be fatal.
The safety message is to enjoy the hot weather but be sensible. Knowing how to keep cool during long periods of hot weather can help save lives. - NHS choices page giving more information regarding summer activities – including food safety (barbeques), stings, hayfever and sun protection (skin and eyes).
Local NHS Sheffield page.

Help to stop smoking

Evidence shows that you're more likely to stop smoking for good if you get the right support. The support you need is available free of charge through the NHS and it's right on your doorstep. -
Local NHS Sheffield page -
gives information and contact details for local services and organisations setup to help people quit smoking. - top 10 tips to help quit.


Immunisation is a way of protecting ourselves from serious diseases. There are some diseases that can kill children or cause lasting damage to their health. Immunisations are given to prepare your child’s immune system (its natural defence system) to fight off those diseases when your child comes into contact with them. -
Local NHS Sheffield page -
gives a brief rundown of why we vaccinate, and the normal vaccination timescale for 0-18 year olds. - The main NHS vaccination information page – covers the whole spectrum of vaccinations including children/adult/holiday vaccinations, as well as giving detailed information on specific jabs. - Main page for travel vaccinations. - Helpful NHS website where you input your holiday destination and it tells you what vaccinations you will need to travel, as well as any further health risks you should be aware of. - a more detailed page specifically covering vaccinations for children, including myths and reasons why different types of vaccinations are given. - a vaccination wall planner to help parents know when their child is due certain vaccinations.

Mental Health   

It's easy to think that mental health issues don't concern us but in fact a quarter of us will have problems with our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives.
The links below provide information to some of the local services and organisations in Sheffield and elsewhere. -
Local NHS Sheffield page. - Self help leaflets for mental heath. -
NHS choices page - large selection of helpful guides and information for a wide range of mental health issues…including mental health, stress, financial stress, fears, and addictions. -
Top 10 stress help guide. - 5 steps to mental well being.

Respiratory Health

Breathing problems affect many people across Sheffield. Two of the most common respiratory illnesses are asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). -
Local NHS Sheffield page. - Looking after your COPD. - Keeping your asthma under control

Sexual Health The Sheffield Sexual Health Services website has all the information you'll need about local sexual services, plus information and advice about sexual health issues.

Support agencies - Local NHS Sheffield page containing useful links and contact details for the main support agencies within Sheffield. -
Help yourself is a database of over 5,000 community, public and other services that are available in Sheffield.

Winter health - Local NHS Sheffield page - A more detailed government webpage about keeping warm over winter. - Main NHS Choices webpage. Main official information leaflet on how to stay warm over winter.


Gastroenteritis is an infection of the gut.  It causes diarrhea, and may also cause vomiting. abdominal pain and other symptoms.  For more information please see this word document provided by the RGP website.


Sometimes known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. It is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food or water.

IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS is a long term medical illness. It includes symptoms of abdominal discomfort, either abdominal cramping or bloating, and a disturbance in bowel habit, which might be diarrhoea or constipation or a pattern that alternates between both.

But people with IBS also experience other symptoms like urgency (needing to rush to the toilet), indigestion, frustrated defaecation (where you want to go but can’t), and backache, headache, tiredness, muscle pains, heartburn and needing to pass urine a lot.

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