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Ask the GP: smoking Q&As

GP Dr Michael Apple answers some of your queries about quitting and the health risks of smoking. I smoke fewer than five a day. What's the harm in that? Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often don't see the point…

Beach safety

Every summer, lifeguards respond to thousands of incidents on UK beaches. To stay safe at the seaside, be informed about the dangers and follow these simple tips. In 2014, lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) responded to 17,050 incidents, helping more than 19,350 people in difficulty on some…

Does the 'five-second rule' really work?

We've all done it - dropped some food on the floor, picked it up, given it a quick wipe and put it in our mouth. The theory is that if food dropped on the floor is picked up quickly enough, it's safe to eat. While some people are…

Health Visitors

Health visitors are registered nurses/midwives who have additional training in community public health nursing. We provide a professional public health service based on best evidence of what works for individuals, families, groups and communities; enhancing health and reducing health inequalities through a proactive, universal service…

Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF): Information for Families

Oxfordshire County Council has been awarded funding from the Department for Education to deliver a Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme in 2022, as part of a national scheme.  The programme provides organised holiday activities for children who are in Reception-Year 11 and who are…

Oxfordshire Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme helps boost the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. It provides fun activities and access to a healthy meal for children in Reception to Year 11 who are in receipt of benefits related…

Recognising the signs of domestic violence

Anybody can experience domestic abuse. Find out how to recognise the signs.  If you're worried someone might see you have been on this page, find out how to cover your tracks online. Anybody can be affected by domestic abuse and anybody can be an abuser. "Domestic…

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. But it's also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Smoking, anxiety and mood Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because…