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Health News Spot - Health warning! Clicking any item will take you to the full BBC news item which can be distracting!

Covid: 82% of positive rapid tests 'were correct'

There had been concerns that large numbers would have to self-isolate after a false positive result.

Psilocybin: Magic mushroom compound 'promising' for depression

A study of 59 people compared the drug with a conventional antidepressant.

Instagram fixes ‘mistake’ promoting harmful diet content

Some users said they were offered "appetite suppressants" and "fasting" by the search feature.

Covid jab could be required for England care home staff

Nearly half of all older adult care homes do not meet recommended vaccine thresholds, the government says.

Click on Medical and Medical Research Charities on the Charity Choice website charity selector
Very good general health website from the NHS information about illnesses, diseases, finding your BMI, growing old gracefully, care of the elderly, over 50s health, children's health, mens' health, women's health, addictions and much more. Really important stuff. Give it a browse and you might live longer!
British Medical Acupuncture Society. Contains information about meetings and advice for patients and health professionals plus search facility to find acupuncturists in GL5 or anywhere in the UK


5 Valleys Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic (STROUD)

Ebley Wharf, Ebley Mill, Ebley, Stroud GL5 4UB, UK – 01453 755948

I came here after suffering from back and neck pain for years, I was really impressed and felt the results almost straight away. Very professional and helpful staff, I would highly recommend :)

MFL Sports Clinic

Anytime Fitness Gym Stroud Unit H Merrywalks Shopping Centre, Stroud GL5 1RR, UK – 07340 076844

Would highly recommend, seen a noticeable difference in my range of movement during training from regular maintenance sports massages.

Really great massage and sports therapy!

The Lansdown Clinic

1 High St, Stroud GL5 1AU, UK – 01453 755799

Professional service and good client relations.

Complementary Healthare Information Service UK with information about all sorts of alternative therapies from Acupuncture to Bowen technique to Reiki and Yoga.  Search for alternative health practitioners in Gloucestershire.

Alternative Medicine

St Luke's Therapy Centre

53 Cainscross Rd, Stroud GL5 4EX, UK – 01453 763755

I didn’t know I can live pain free. Dr. Andrew procedures helped me enormously. I am able to go down the stairs with no pain now. I can do so many things,that I thought, I would never be able to do again. I am writing this review, so other people can live pain free too and enjoy their lifes. Highly recommend Dr Andrew Evans. Thank you Dr. Evans, I can enjoy my life again!

A peaceful setting, quiet and harmonious, a beautiful garden and rooms. Individual therapists, working seemlessly together.This outer, space reflects the inner space, the centre provides. Thankyou.

Elgiva Tiptaft Aromatherapy Massage

London Road, Stroud GL5 2AT, UK – 07944 163736

I regularly see Elgiva for one of her amazing massages. It helps keep me on the straight and narrow. Elgiva knows exactly what I need and I always come away feeling totally renewed and nourished.

Elgiva is amazing! She is very experienced, deep, intuitive, extremely nurturing and holding. Every move is flowing and seamless. I recommend her wholeheartedly.

Chi-Fit Discover Qigong

67 Orchard Rd, Ebley, Stroud GL5 4TZ, UK – 01453 828000

I have had a number of injuries over the years and find that after Chi Fit session that I feel more relaxed, the pain of the injuries subsides and I sleep really well. Chris has excellent knowledge of what he is teaching and I thoroughly enjoy the session. I am looking forward to getting back to Chi Fit in January. Another member of the group, complimented me on how my posture had changed so its a very big positive step for me Chi Fit. Thanks Chris

I have been attending Qigong classes with Chris for over 2 years now.When Chris suggested I try the new Chi Fit session,to be honest I was not that interested. On Fridays I am usually tired out but I made the effort. There was a great gentle warm up ,relaxing movements, and some massage for all levels. I felt "full of beans" ready for the weekend. I've signed up to start in January, I can`t wait !

Useful NHS site with information for every type of carer. It provides details of the services or benefits affecting carers, carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others. Find out if you will have to pay for your own long term care, research money and financial implications, the wellbeing of all carers, the needs of young carers. Search for carer services such as dementia care and respite breaks around Rodborough or anywhere in the UK with the search facility.
This is a good NHS site for finding doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals and urgent care in GL5 or anywhere in England. It also lists Dentists accepting NHS patients!

BBC Healthy Lifestyle Website - the importance of exercise, exercise for children, diet and finess plans.
This is the NHS website with information about all sorts of mental health issues including depression, breakdowns, phobias, self-harm, over-eating and more.
Search for mental health services in GL5 or anywhere in England.
Health A to Z, conditions and illnesses, symptom checker. Online discussions and communities, news and topical articles.
NHS site for England and Wales. Health A to Z of conditions and illnesses. Information about the NHS and its services and management. Search for NHS services in GL5 and Rodborough.
Health companion for travellers - offers customized medical kits and advice on medication. Check the tablet and vaccination requirements and tips.
The NHS website with advice for healthy travelling - inoculations required for travel, inflight health. Lots of stuff that you did not Know you did not Know - some of it really important!
Useful travel health website from NHS with travel advice and search facility to find where to get a yellow fever innoculation around Rodborough.
For many conditions and symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Emotional recovery after breast cancer, redundancy, confidence & self esteem, anxiety and many more. Many on offer. Professional, caring and thoughtful company.