Aged 14-19 and finding it hard to maintain your weight? Join our new programme.

Aged 14 to 19?

Are you feeling tired, having difficulty concentrating, breaking out in spots or

acne – maybe experiencing bad breath, body odour or mood swings?

Are you finding it difficult to maintain a healthy weight?

If so then the Confident YOU programme maybe for you.

Confident YOU is an 8-week Programme for 14 to19 year old’s.

Delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, it is designed to help

young people make new friends, feel good about the way you look, feel

good about what you achieve in school, feel more active and fitter, make

smart choices about your well-being, smile confidently and make positive

changes whilst learning how to achieve your goals

The Confident YOU programme can help YOU make the right choices so

you can feel more in control.

Want to know more about the programme or see if the programme is right

for you?


Tel: 020 8973 3530




Get active for 2015 with free cycle trainer

Happy 2015! If one of your new years resolutions is to get more active, have a look at Hounslow Travel Active. A website for Hounslow residents.

There is an offer of your own cycle trainer. Whether you’re completely new to cycling or want to build your cycling confidence, their cycle training team is here to help!

Click to go onto their website. 

Hounslow Travel Active

Dr Davison Completes Ealing Half Marathon For Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Lizzie Marathon We would all like to congratulate Dr Davison in completing the Ealing Half Marathon. She has trained hard to complete over 13 miles in 2 hours 20minutes on an unseasonally hot and humid day.

She ran ran to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.


Please click on this link to donate to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Give generously!

Bursts of vigorous exercise could improve health of the elderly

Short six-second bursts of vigorous exercise have the potential to transform the health of elderly people, say researchers in Scotland.

A pilot study involving 12 pensioners showed going all-out in very short bursts, reduced blood pressure and improved general fitness over time.

The team at Abertay University believe it could help avert the “astronomical” costs of ill health in elderly people.

Experts said the study emphasised the benefits of exercise at any age.

High Intensity Training (HIT) has attracted a lot of attention for promising some of the same benefits as conventional exercise but in a much shorter time.

Instead of a comfortable half-hour jog or a few miles on the bike, HIT involves pushing yourself to your limits for a short period of time.

The team in Scotland say they were conducting the first trials in older people.

Get a sweat on

A group of pensioners came into the lab twice a week for six weeks and went hell for leather on an exercise bike for six seconds.

They would allow their heart rate to recover and then go for it again, eventually building up to one minute of exercise by the end of the trial.

“They were not exceptionally fast, but for someone of that age they were,” researcher Dr John Babraj said.

The results, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, showed participants had reduced their blood pressure by 9%, increased their ability to get oxygen to their muscles and found day-to-day activities like getting out of a chair or walking the dog easier.

Dr Babraj told the BBC the benefits could be huge: “We’ve got an ageing population and if we don’t encourage them to be active, the economic burden of that is going to be astronomical.

“A lot of diseases are associated with sedentary behaviour – like cardiovascular disease and diabetes – but if we can keep people active and functioning then we can reduce the risk.

“Also on the social side, they are less likely to be socially active and will interact with people more.”

More than 10 million people in the UK are over 65 and that figure is set to rise.

Dr Babraj says older people struggle to exercise as many are full-time carers, but argues High Intensity Training would be easier to fit in.

He said people could try it at home, but should see their doctor first to ensure there were no underlying health issues.

“Then the easiest way to do it yourself is to run up a hill, the steeper the hill, the harder it’s going to be, give it everything you’ve got for six seconds.”


There is an argument that short and strenuous exercise may be safer than conventional exercise.

A higher heart rate and blood pressure caused by exercise can be a trigger for heart attacks and stroke.

Dr Babraj said running for a long time “puts a greater strain on the heart overall” even if it is worked harder in the short-term in High Intensity Training.

Larger trials are now planned.

Dr Adam Gordon, a consultant and honorary secretary of the British Geriatrics Society, told the BBC: “This is a brilliant, fantastic piece of work challenging assumptions about what the right type of exercise is in old age, but I’d encourage them to investigate the benefits in even older and even more frail people.

“The broad message is that you’re never too old, too frail, too ill to benefit from exercise, as long as it’s carefully chosen.

“We know even into your 80s and 90s there’s a benefit from developing a very slight sweat by exercising on multiple occasions per week.”

BBC News

Back Pain

Back Pain

About 8 in 10 people have one or more bouts of low back pain. In most cases, it is not due to a serious disease or serious back problem, and the exact cause of the pain is not clear. This is called nonspecific lower back pain. The usual advice is to keep active, and do normal activities as much as possible. Painkillers can help until the pain eases. In most cases, the pain disappears within six weeks but may come back (recur) from time to time. Chronic (persistent) pain develops in some cases and further treatment may then be needed.

Back Pain Advice
Click here to download back leaflet Back Pain – Advice
Back Pain – Exercises
Click here to download back pain exercises – Back-pain-pamphlet


Policy and guidance

Below is the new clinical policy for the treatment and management of Low Back Pain, based on the guidance from NICE published in 2017.

Low Back Pain and Sciatica_Policy v4.1 

Letter to NWL GPs_Practices PPwT Policy and Appdx Lower back pain 29Sept17

My Goals

Walking Is Best Medicine

This is a really useful video which outlines the health benefits of going for regular walks.

Hounslow Health Activities

Here is a document which outlines health walks organised by London Borough Of Hounslow.

Click here to download
Local Activities – All are free of charge

Advice On Stopping Smoking

Here is a helpful video which you may want to watch to begin your journey to stop smoking.

Hounslow Smoking Cessation Clinics

Here is advice on local stop smoking clinics. We also run clinics in the practice. Please book an appointment for our healthcare assistant.

Smoke Free Leaflet
Click here to download Leaflet smokefree_leaflet

Healthy Eating

Lots of helpful information on healthy eating may be found on this website link. Click Here.

Eat Well Plate
This shows the proportions of food groups for a balanced healthy diet.
Click here to download information –Eatwellplate