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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!

Coronavirus levels 'burning quite hot' in some of UK

Infection rates are declining overall, but some regions are seeing a rise in cases.

Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab rollout

Over-40s will be first in line from mid-April after the top nine priority groups receive one dose.

Coronavirus spread slowed by vaccines, study suggests

There was a 75% reduction in staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital testing positive after a vaccination.

Queen urges people to 'think about others' by taking Covid jab

The monarch, who had her first dose of the vaccine in January, said it "didn't hurt at all".

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 RG20 or anywhere in the UK


The Alternative Therapy Clinic

83 Newtown Rd, Newbury RG14 7DD, UK – 01635 550056

Brilliant. qualifications: 5 stars pricing: 5 stars trustworthiness: 5 stars facilities: 5 stars effectiveness: 5 stars Lesley is just the nicest person, as well as being a hugely well qualified acupuncturist, having studied in China, and she also provides a whole host of other treatments for which she is also extremely well qualified - her waiting room walls are filled with certificates and qualifications. She offers a professional yet kind and understanding service, and takes a whole body approach to her healing services. I was a little dubious about acupuncture before going to Lesley, as a scientist I have a deep need to understand all the medicines and treatments I get and I understood very little about acupuncture, it was recommended by my pain clinic doctor so I thought I would give it a go - and was rather surprised and impressed. I would also highly recommend acupuncture with Lesley for digestive issues - which I had serious issues with and the GP advised there was nothing more they could do - a couple of treatments with Lesley and things already "moved" in the right direction ;-) The pricing is very reasonable, I have looked at other services not just in the area but also further afield, and none of them had her qualifications, OK acupuncture is not cheap, it is available on the NHS but try getting your GP surgery to agree to it ( apparently it is up to each surgery, and my Newbury surgery said no), however the service that Lesley offers just includes so much, and is really effective. The advice Lesley offers is so wide ranging and effective, all based on proven treatments - I just cannot recommend her enough, although as I am writing this review I hope I am not selling myself out of a slot with Lesley, as the treatments make such a big difference to my quality of life. She will Listen to you, investigate, try to understand all your issues and work out how they interact and make a treatment plan for you, which she adjusts as and when you need it to - her clinic is a calm sanctuary, where you can be still and just take some time to benefit from the treatments, or have a chat about anything from issues and concerns, to how your children are doing - the choice is yours. When it comes to medical care, especially something you have not tried before, qualifications and trust are important, as well as someone who will listen to you and take on board all of your symptoms. Lesley is extremely trustworthy, hugely well qualified,offers a wide range of services ( not just acupuncture), and is genuinely interested in fixing what ails you, and if it not fixable ( like me) on making you as comfortable as you can possibly be.

Highly recommend from all points of view, suffered for 1 year and after 1 session of colonic therapy I saw big improvement .Shame I didn't go earlier . Defiantly I will go back.

Marcus Senior

27 Craven Rd, Newbury RG14 5NG, UK – 01635 31679

Being under alot of stress had taken a real toll on my health. I had never considered acupuncture before but when traditional medicines didn't work, I did some research online and contacted Marcus. After one session the improvement was simply amazing. Even my father, a sceptic, had to agree. After a second treatment the problem was virtually gone. I attended a third session and thankfully am free from what was a debilitating condition. I would highly recommend Marcus. He not only cleared me of something I was worried might never go, but he put me completely at ease during the treatments. Thankyou.


15 Market Pl, Newbury RG14 5AA, UK – 01635 582882

Very good professional. A miracle to my husband's back problems. Very friendly. Thanks

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 Berkshire.

Alternative Medicine

Mike Overend Holistic Therapies

15 Charles St, Newbury RG14 6QP, UK – 07881 527947

I would thoroughly recommend Mike. I have been having treatments with him for the past five years and am always very impressed with his work.

The Little Acupuncture Clinic - Annmarie Gabriel

2 Essex St, Newbury RG14 6QN, UK – 07765 255560

Amanda Lee

52 Rectory Cl, Newbury RG14 6DD, UK – 01635 45012

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 Newbury 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 RG20 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 RG20 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 RG20 and Newbury.
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 Newbury.
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.

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