Looking after yourself
The services below will help to provide support so you can look after yourself, self manage and stay healthy.
The Community Navigator service is designed to offer one to one coaching and support for individuals aged 18 or over, who have been diagnosed with one or more long term health condition.
The Navigators work with clients for up to 8 sessions, encouraging them to self-manage their condition and improve their quality of life through participation in community life. This is a social prescribing service, commissioned by Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and clients are referred by their General Practitioner (GP).
Swindon Circles matches local volunteers with lonely and isolated people and encourages them to access activity and social networks in their local community. The service is not designed to replace care services, but add value through companionship.
The service is open to anyone aged 18 or over and we accept self-referrals. We are always looking for new volunteers, and offer support and training to anyone who would like to register as a volunteer befriender.
There is no minimum commitment and we make every effort to match individuals with similar interests. Volunteers need to be 16 or over.
NHS Health Checks
The NHS Health Check is part of a national scheme helping to prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attack, kidney disease or diabetes.
Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 who have not been diagnosed with conditions such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, stroke and diabetes, will be invited for a check once every five years.
Your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and kidney disease increases with age but there are certain things that will put you at even greater risk.
- being overweight
- lack of exercise
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
If you are eligible for an NHS Health Check, your General Practitioner (GP) or Swindon Borough Council will send you an invitation letter. You can then book it at your GP Practice or at any pharmacy offering this service.
Further information about the NHS Health Check is available from the NHS Choices website. If you would like more information on the local NHS Health Check Programme, please call: 01793 465512.