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Healthy Living


Keeping fit and healthy can be a challenge if you have a long-term condition, but it will make a big difference to your emotional wellbeing, and could ease your physical symptoms too.

In this section you’ll find articles and interactive tools that explain how to make positive changes to your lifestyle. These changes include stopping smoking, losing weight, eating healthily or doing more exercise. There’s also information on the help and support that the NHS can give to help you make these changes.

Small changes to your lifestyle

Do you want to stop smoking, lose weight, or be able to walk to the shops? Thereís help available, whatever changes you want to make in your life.

Keeping fit and healthy can be a challenge if you are living with a long-term condition, but it will make a big difference to your wellbeing. If you’ve been thinking about making changes to your lifestyle, such as stopping smoking, losing weight, eating healthily, drinking a little less alcohol, or doing more exercise, there’s plenty of help and support available.

Talking to your GP or pharmacist, is the first step. They’ll help you look at your lifestyle and suggest changes that are suitable for your condition and any treatment you’re having. Your pharmacist can also let you know about local services that can help you.

For example, if you want to start exercising but you're unsure how to, your GP can put you on the exercise on referral scheme. These schemes are run with local gyms and fitness centres and can include swimming. Ask at your GP practice for more information.

Your Pharmacist can also help you if you want to stop smoking, for instance by enrolling you in a clinic where you’ll get support from other people who are also trying to stop. Nicotine replacement therapy and other stop smoking treatments provided by your pharmacist can also help you resist cravings and boost your chances of quitting successfully.

Read more about how the NHS can help you to:

Other NHS Funded services that Walton Pharmacy can offer our patients for FREE are:

NHS Free medicine check

Sometimes, making small changes to the way you take your medicines can help them work better. If you take two or more medicines for the same condition, a free NHS Medicines Check Up Service can make sure you're getting the best from them.

The Medicines Check Up is a free NHS service conducted by your WaltonPharmacy pharmacist, which can help you make sure you're getting the most from your medicines and understand as much as possible about your condition to help you manage it as best you can.

So, for example, if you have asthma or high blood pressure, you might have been prescribed several medicines to help, and may have questions you would like to ask about them.

New Medicine Service

This is a free NHS service to help you get the most out of your newly-prescribed medicine. If you have recently been given a prescription for a new medicine to treat a long-term condition such as asthma or type 2 diabetes, it can help you feel more in control of your health if you understand more about the condition and how to get the most out of your medicine.


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