Health Guidance

Doctors and nurses are busy people, which means we've all had experiences where the service we get falls short of our expectations. Take control of your health and wellbeing with our guides to GPs, hospitals and private healthcare.

Home visits and out-of-hours care

Many people have private healthcare as part of a work-based private health insurance package. Others simply pay directly for private treatment. This is known as self-pay. Before you can arrange private treatment, you will usually need a referral letter from your NHS GP.

Your doctor will recommend a specialist consultant and will write a private patient referral letter on your behalf (NHS GPs can't charge you for this). If you have medical insurance, you should then check this referral is covered by your insurance policy and get an authorisation reference from them. An appointment time will then be arranged with your consultant, following which the consultant will write to your GP to update them on what they have found. The consultant then produces an invoice, which the insurance company settles apart from any excess on the policy that must be paid separately.

If inpatient treatment is required, then admission is arranged, after which a follow-up appointment with the consultant will take place. Again, the insurance company will settle all bills apart from any excess to be paid. For those who self-pay, it's likely you will have to pay for treatment in full upfront, before you are admitted to hospital.

What is health promotion?

1.  What the work involves

Health promotion is a term that has been applied to a wide range of approaches to improving health of people, communities and populations. But whatever the particular focus of health promotion work, health promotion needs to be grounded in firm principles and philosophy.

2.  The wider healthcare team

Staff in the wider healthcare team provide a massive back-up operation around the clock in all NHS organisations, including hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics and nursing homes. Compared with other staff in the NHS, those working as part of the wider healthcare team have less direct contact with patients.Staff in the wider healthcare team provide a massive back-up operation around the clock in all NHS organisations, including hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics and nursing homes.

3.  Why lose weight and how to do it correctly

If you want to lose weight but do not know where to start then this article is for you. Learn why you need to lose weight, understand what is fat and learn about the factors affecting weight loss and weight gain. Furthermore read our 5 tips on how to lose weight correctly.

4.  Health protection legislation

The Department of Health and the Health Protection Agency, in consultation with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, has published guidance on updated health protection legislation covering the recently amended Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and new regulations made under it.

5.  Children's Environment and Health Action Plan

This environmental health indicators toolkit will provide a tool to assist in assessing the distribution of children’s environmental health issues, highlighting priority areas for improvement and monitoring the impact of appropriate interventions. The information provided in the report should be regarded as a basis on which the impact of the environment on children’s health can be assessed and can be widened or narrowed as necessary to reflect the specific needs of the region undertaking the assessment.


All exercise is good for health

Increasing the amount of fat burning exercise you do on a regular basis is an effective way to improve your health and fitness and help you make the most of the benefits of alli. When you consume fewer calories your body has to use its fat stores for energy and as it does that, you lose weight.

Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body uses up calories. So, if you take in 2,500 calories a day, and burn all those 2,500 calories a day, you’ll stay the same weight. If you burn only 2,000 of those calories, you’ll put on weight. Becoming more active is an effective way to speed up your metabolic rate so that you can burn more calories than you eat.




Regular exercise has a great many health benefits too, including helping to combat diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoporosis. Also, as your body releases natural feel-good chemicals when you exercise, this can boost your mental and emotional wellbeing, helping you to combat stress and feel happier. Remember to consult your doctor before you start an exercise programme.