Looking after your own health

Information on how to look after your health.
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Appointment Form

If you have been given an outpatient appointment at the hospitals and are unable to attend for whatever reason you can use the form below.

It is really important that you let us know of any changes as soon as possible. This means we can offer the original appointment to another patient.

Please complete the form below with your contact details and as much information as possible. You can find most of the information we need on your appointment letter.

If you have any problems using this form, please call the number on your appointment letter and we will do our best to help you. You will receive a response from us so you know it has been received and actioned.

If you wish to change the date and time of your appointment you, you can click the re-book option and state any dates that are not suitable for you, or you can contact us using the number on your appointment letter.

Looking after your own health is especially important in winter. Cold weather can be very harmful for the over 65s, it weakens the immune system and can make many pre-existing conditions worse. It may be cold outside but winter doesn't have to be the unhealthiest time of year - here are our top self-care tips:

  • Banish winter tiredness – You might feel tired and sluggish, especially after being discharged from hospital. This is due to the lack of sunlight, which disrupts our sleep and waking cycles so see if you can manage to get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible.
  • Get a good night's sleep – a good night’s sleep is essential to your health and wellbeing so try to make sure you get 7-8hours sleep a night and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Eat more fruit and veg - When it's cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. However, it's important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day.
  • Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal – don’t be afraid to try varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.
  • Drink more milk – You’re more likely to get a cold in winter, so make sure your immune system is in tip-top condition. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of protein, vitamins A and B12 and calcium, which helps keep our bones strong
  • Have a hearty breakfast - even if you don’t feel like cooking or eating too early. Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn't just a delicious way to start your day and it also helps boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre. Make your porridge with milk or water but try not to add sugar or salt. Try a sliced banana, berries or other fruit for extra flavour and to help you hit your 5-a-day.
  • At the first sign of a cough or a cold get help from your pharmacist before it gets worse. Make sure you tell your pharmacist about any medicines that you are already taking, they can help you stock up to help you through the winter.