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Tuberculosis Infection - what you need to know

What is Sleeping Tuberculosis?    Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious but treatable disease –TB incidence in Reading has doubled from 20 per 100,000 populations in 1999 to 41.4 per 100,000 in 2013 and has continued to increase.  Three-quarters of all cases occur in people born outside of…

Are you looking for a life changing career?

What about home care? Home care is a rewarding job that gives you the chance to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Reading. Why not work for a care provider that: Pays the living wage (£8.25 per hour) Pays travel time and travel expenses…

Shingles Vaccination - Information page

The NHS resource on Shingles gives information on: Eligibility for the shingles vaccine What is shingles? How long does it last and how serious can it be? What causes shingles? How do you catch shingles? How safe is the vaccine? Are there people who shouldn't…

Power Cuts - new 105 emergency number

105 - a new emergency number if you experience a power cut Message from SSE: We do everything we can to keep your electricity supply on. That said, power cuts can sometimes happen. Read through the information on this page to find out what to…

Addiction - information page from the NHS

Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity, such as gambling. It becomes the most important thing in your life and leads to problems at home, work and school. There's no single reason why addictions develop. Some…

Care Act 2014 and the pets of people taken into hospital

FROM THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT Legal situation Until 2014 section 48 of the National Assistance Act 1948 has provided for local authorities (LA) to make provision for the protection of property (e.g. pets) of people who are taken into hospital. This means they must board…

Free health checks for over-14s with a learning disability

Reading Mencap has run the 'Being as Healthy as We Can’ multi-disciplinary Learning Disability Health Working Group this year and is focusing on Annual Health Checks. They have designed this flyer to raise awareness that children and young people with Learning Disability, from age 14…

Community Activities and Support Services - Factsheet

There are lots of community based activities and support services that can help you stay well and maintain your independence. This factsheet provides information about some of the key services available and where you can find more details. It can be downloaded and printed.  …

Have another drink: The important of hydration

Hydration is a key component of maintaining a healthy body system. Last summer an increase in E. coli blood stream infections (BSIs) suggested that there may be a link between dehydration and increased numbers of urinary tract infections, which in turn led to higher numbers…

Support to help vulnerable residents stay warm this winter

Winter Watch Winter Watch offers advice and help to older people, people with disabilities or long term health conditions and families with very young children whose health and well being is most at risk because their homes are cold and damp. This includes: a home energy…