Healthy Living

We all have a responsibility to look after our own health and wellbeing and to use NHS services wisely. 

You can find information on healthy living and service to help you stay well in the sliders below

Health trainers

Do you want to make healthy changes but are not sure where or how to start? Health trainers are available to support and encourage you and help you to set goals and achieve them. Provided by Brighton and Hove City Council, this service is free and confidential and can improve your health and wellbeing by helping you to:

  • eat more healthily
  • become more physically active
  • drink less alcohol
  • quit smoking

To contact a health trainer, visit the Health Trainers page on the Council's website.

Speak Up Against Cancer leaflet

You can find a leaflet on staying healthy and reducing your risk of cancer on the Brighton and Hove City Council website.  This leaflet, produced in partnership with Albion in the Community, tells you how to reduce your risk of cancer, what to look out for, and what to do if you're worried.

Healthy Diet and Weight

The Eatwell Plate shows the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a well balanced and healthy diet.

One way to check if you are a healthy weight is to measure your body mass index, known as BMI, using the NHS Choices BMI healthy weight calculator. NHS Choices also has lots of ideas and support on switching to a healthy diet, active living, and other ways to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise

You can find information on exercise and becoming more active, including the Couch to 5k programme, on the NHS Choices website.

Smoking

Smokefreeme

The CCG's six-week SmokeFreeMe programme is free to people living in Brighton and Hove.

The six-week programme is based on a psychological approach that helps people change the habits that drive their compulsion to smoke. The programme includes:

  • An online questionnaire so texts are tailored to the individuals’ own smoking habits
  • A ‘Do Zone’ where participants can share their quit journey with other people in the city on the programme.
  • Text messages with specific references to pharmacies in the city offering free nicotine patches and stop smoking advice.

Further support

Your GP can help you quit smoking by referring you to local stop smoking services, prescribing nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and gum, or stop smoking medication. For more steps you can take to stop smoking, visit the Live Well section of the NHS Choices website.

Alcohol and Drugs

Adults

Pavilions runs an adult drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service in Brighton and Hove. It is available to anyone concerned about their drug or alcohol use, or for families and carers supporting those living with substance misuse issues. 

Services provided by Pavilions include:

  • Flexible drop-in sessions from various locations, including some evening and weekend support
  • Dedicated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Support
  • Women-only support services
  • Support for the families and carers
  • Peer mentoring and volunteering opportunities

Follow the link for Pavilions contact details and opening times.

Young people

For people under 18, the ru-OK? website has details of available local help for young people who are experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol.

Self-care

Many minor illnesses and injuries can be treated at home.  

Family medicine cabinet

Your pharmacist can help you put together a basic family medicine cabinet, so you can care for minor injuries and illnesses at home.

See the NHS Choices webite for details on what to include.

Information and support

If you're worried about an illness or injury, you can always call NHS 111. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can give you advice and direct you to the best service.

You can also find information about health conditions on the NHS Choices website.

Self-Referral

The Self-Referral and Active Signposting page has information about services you can refer yourself to, without needing to see a GP first.

Healthy Living for Older People

Care at home

You can find more information about care at home on the Brighton and Hove City Council website.

Eating Well

Please follow the link to find information on Eating Well to Stay Healthy

Preventing falls

With a little planning it's possible to reduce the risk of falling, and there are ways to make a fall less serious.

You can find helpful information on preventing falls by following the links below:

Carers

If you are looking for information on Continuing Health Care, Personal Health Budgets or Funded Nursing Care, please see the Continuing Healthcare page.

Further information

You can find information for carers on the Carer's Centre website.

Eating Well

Please follow the link to find information on Eating Well to Stay Healthy, including information on preparing food for the person you care for.

Stop Look Care Booklet

The Stop Look Care booklet ( Download Stop Look Care booklet 310117.pdfhas been designed to support Care Workers/Carers who work in any registered service in Brighton & Hove. It is aimed to support carers with undertaking the National Care Certificate. Alternatively it can be used as a reference guide for families and personal assistants to promote awareness of certain needs and encourage referral if concerns are identified.

Care workers and Carers are in the ideal position to recognise changes in an inpidual’s condition by monitoring them and or recognising any deterioration in a person’s wellbeing, this book aims to increase awareness and supports the Care worker/Carer to refer on when appropriate. It highlights:

  • Why different aspects of observation and care are important
  • What to look for
  • What action to take

NHS Health Checks

A free NHS Health Check is a simple appointment that could save your life. Taking action now can help prevent the onset of life-affecting conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and stroke.

You can find more information on the HS Health check on the Brighton and Hove City Council website.

Screening

The NHS runs national screening programmes to detect the early signs of breast, bowel and cervical cancer. It also provides a prostate cancer risk management programme for men aged 50 and over.

Breast Screening

About one in eight women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There's a good chance of recovery if it's detected in its early stages.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they are too small to see or feel.

Women aged 50-70, registered with GPs in Brighton and Hove, will automatically receive invitation letters and appointments to be screened every three years. Anyone registered with a doctor will be invited for breast screening before their 53rd birthday.

If you are over 50 and have not had a mammogram in the past three years, contact the Breast Screening service on 01273 664966 and ask for an appointment.

If you are over 70 and want to be screened, contact the Park Centre for Breast Care (177 Preston Road BN1 6AG) on 01273 664966 and ask for an appointment.

If you are worried about breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump or area of thickened tissue in a breast, don't wait to be offered screening – see your GP.

Bowel Screening

Faecal Occult Blood Screening

Bowel screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms) when treatment is more likely to be effective. If diagnosed early, over 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully.

Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. Polyps can develop into cancer over time. They can easily be removed reducing the risk of bowel cancer.

The test is looking for hidden blood in the stools which could mean bowel cancer. 20 out of 1,000 people who take the test have a positive result and are invited to go for a bowel scope (colonoscopy) at a local screening unit. Two out of every 1,000 who complete the test will have cancer.

The NHS Bowel Screening programme is targeting men and women aged 60 to 69. Every two years they will be automatically sent an invitation for screening. This is followed by a screening kit, so you can do the test at home. The completed kit is sent off to a laboratory.

People aged over 70 can request screening by contacting the freephone helpline on 0800 7076060.

Find out more about the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme 

If you are concerned about any symptoms please see your GP. The NHS Choices website includes information on symptoms

Bowel Scope Screening

Bowel scope screening is a new free test to help prevent bowel cancer. It does this by finding and removing any small growths, called polyps, in the bowel that could eventually turn into cancer.

For every 300 people screened, it stops two from getting bowel cancer and saves one life from bowel cancer. 
Taking part in bowel scope screening is your choice. You can find out more information from your GP or by calling the freephone helpline on 0800 707 60 60

Please visit it the NHS Choices website for more information.

Find out more about the Bowel scope Screening Programme

If you are concerned about any symptoms please see your GP.  The NHS Choices website includes information on symptoms

Cervical Screening

Cervical cancer screening checks for cervical cell changes and involves taking cells from the cervix.The biggest risk for cervical cancer is not attending for cervical screening.

This screening programme is for all women aged 25–49 every three years, and aged 50–64 every five years. You will receive a letter in the post informing you that your cervical screening is due so you need to make an appointment with your Practice Nurse at your GP practice or at the Contraceptive and Sexual Health Clinic (CASH) at Morley Street, Brighton.

For more information on CASH visit Sussex Community NHS Trust's website

You can request that your cervical sample is taken by a female practitioner. New technology has made this programme more effective and efficient. Results are received within two to three weeks.

Find out more about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme 

For information on causes and symptoms of cervical cancer, visit the NHS Choices website

Prostate Cancer Risk Management

Instead of a national screening programme, there is an informed choice programme on prostate cancer risk management for men in the UK. It aims to give men information on the pros and cons of testing your  prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

If you are aged over 50 and decide to have your PSA levels tested, your GP will be able to arrange for it to be carried out for free on the NHS.

If results show you have a significantly raised level of PSA, your GP may suggest further tests.

For more information on PSA testing, visit the NHS Choices website and Prostate Cancer UK's website

Screening for Transgender people

Trans patients are entitled to cancer prevention screening, which can be accessed via their GP.  

Automatic recall systems use a patient's current gender to make lists of people to contact for sex-specific screening.  This means that trans patients may not be included in recall lists.  

Trans patients can ask their GP to make special arrangements for the appropriate screening.

The document attached contains more information about screening for trans people in Brighton and Hove

For trans people elsewhere in England, Public Health England have published a leaflet about screening here.  

Click here for more about Trans Health.

Guidance for GPs on how to support screening for trans patients can be found here.