The Health Improvement Service is part of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, an integrated acute and community trust. The Health Improvement website provides information about healthy living, our programmes and services and partnership work that aims to improve the health of the local population.
Difficulty swallowing food? Indigestion or heartburn for 3 weeks? Be clear on cancer. Let's be clear..... about cancer of the stomach and oesophagus. There are almost 13,000 new cases of these two cancers in England every year. Together, they cause over 10,000 deaths annually. Both cancers affect men and women, but are more common in men. More than nine out of 10 people who get cancer of the stomach or oesophagus are over 55.
Pass It On raises awareness of the suicide risk amongst men and encourages help-seeking behaviours. This taboo subject is rarely discussed; however, it is the biggest killer of men under 35. Nationally there is one death by suicide every two hours and 75% of those are men. Locally this is even higher.
There are now more than 1000 activities on the IMPACT social prescribing website. Members of the public and professionals can access information on activities that aim to improve the population's health in County Durham and Darlington. Most of the activities are free and the majority do not require medical referral. The website welcomes organisations in County Durham and Darlington to submit activities for inclusion on the site. Activities on IMPACT include physical activity, arts and creativity, learning, volunteering, befriending and self help.
Completely confidential mobile textback services are available for young people. You can ask a sexual health question and get an answer quickly and confidentially,