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New £12 million Oxford SEND school handed over to academy trust

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are about to benefit from a new £12 million school in the Blackbird Leys area of Oxford.   Oxfordshire County Council has worked closely with The Gallery Trust in delivering the new buildings, which were handed over to…

Paan, bidi and shisha

Tobacco that you don't smoke (including paan, betel quid and chewing tobacco) is not a 'safe' way to use tobacco. It causes cancer and can be as addictive as smoking. Find out the risks and how you can quit. Chewing tobacco and cancer risk Betel quid, paan or…

Questions to ask the surgeon or dentist

Important questions to ask the surgeon or dentist if you're thinking about having treatment abroad. Having all the information you need can help you make an informed choice about having treatment abroad. Questions to ask 1. What are your qualifications and where can I verify them?2. Do you have…

Quit smoking during Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to start some healthy habits and stop some bad ones, such as smoking. Ahmed Rahman gave up smoking during Ramadan with the help of a smoking counsellor at his mosque in north London. The 36-year-old traffic warden had smoked between…

Ramadan health FAQs

Here are some frequently asked health questions about fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. These answers have been put together by medical experts and Islamic scholars and researchers.    Should you fast if you have diabetes? People with type 1 diabetes shouldn't usually fast, but people…

The risks of treatment abroad

Before going abroad for medical treatment, it's important to get enough information to make the right choice. There are several issues that need to be considered.  All types of medical treatment involve some element of risk, whether you receive the treatment in the UK or abroad.…

Services and support for parents

NHS services for new parents Local authority services for parents Local advice centres Websites, helplines and other support for parents Parent and baby groups             NHS services for new parents Registering your baby with a GP Register your baby with your…

Spotting signs of child sexual abuse

One in 20 children in the UK will experience child sexual abuse. Here are the signs to be aware of and what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused.  What is child sexual abuse? What are the signs that a child…

Starting periods

Most girls start their periods when they're about 12, but they can start as early as 8, so it's important to talk to girls from an early age to make sure they're prepared before the big day. Many parents feel awkward talking about periods, especially…

Talking to your child about their autism

Explaining to your child that they have autism can be difficult for some parents. Here an expert gives some tips on how to have the conversation. In her work as a child psychiatrist with Surrey and Borders NHS Trust, Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà meets many parents in her…