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Mini-stroke

A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or "mini stroke" is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain. The disruption in blood supply results in a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can cause sudden symptoms similar to a stroke,…

My Wellbeing Plan

Welcome to Waltham Forest's health and wellbeing planner. My Wellbeing Plan is an easy to use online tool which allows you to create a plan of action to boost your family's wellbeing and make positive changes. Your plans can be as long or short as…

National Eye Health Week

Did you know that 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss? Research shows half of all sight loss is avoidable and there are small lifestyle changes that could make a big difference to your vision and eye health. For National Eye…

NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. It is available to adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition.  The NHS Health Check usually takes around 20 minutes to perform and includes a range of health and lifestyle…

Night terrors

Many children experience nightmares and night terrors, but most grow out of them. They don't cause any long-term psychological harm to your child. Night terrors are very different from nightmares. A child having night terrors may scream and thrash around, and may not recognise you…

Obstructive sleep apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a relatively common condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. This may lead to regularly interrupted sleep, which can have a big impact on quality of life and increases the risk of developing certain conditions. This…

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. The three main symptoms of Parkinson's disease are: involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor)  slow movement stiff and inflexible muscles A person with Parkinson's disease can also…

Public health

Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. We want everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of illness. Learn more about what we…

Public health in Waltham Forest

On 1 April 2013, the Waltham Forest public health directorate formally became part of the Council. This change has not affected how people access health services. You can find out more about the change on the London Councils website. The public health team exists to promote…

Sexual health and family planning

Our sexual health and HIV services include provision of advice and services on contraception, relationships, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).   We offer free and confidential services from the following sites: Waltham Forest community clinics, GP practices and Pharmacies,   Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health…
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