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Health News Spot - Health warning! Clicking any item will take you to the full BBC news item which can be distracting!

UK plan to be first to run human challenge Covid trials

Volunteers will be deliberately exposed to the virus in trials due to start in January.

'We had more than 60 calls from test and trace'

One family in London say they received scores of long, repetitive calls from contact tracers.

Covid: Burn-out fears of 'exhausted' unpaid carers

Many of those looking after vulnerable relatives or friends wonder how they will cope this winter.

Covid: Noon deadline for Manchester coronavirus deal

If agreement on new restrictions is not reached, the PM could impose tier three rules.

Click on Medical and Medical Research Charities on the Charity Choice website charity selector
Very good general health website from the NHS information about illnesses, diseases, finding your BMI, growing old gracefully, care of the elderly, over 50s health, children's health, mens' health, women's health, addictions and much more. Really important stuff. Give it a browse and you might live longer!
British Medical Acupuncture Society. Contains information about meetings and advice for patients and health professionals plus search facility to find acupuncturists in KT1 or anywhere in the UK


Contemporary Chinese Therapy - Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine

Contemporary Chinese Therapy, 43 Victoria Rd, Surbiton KT6 4JL, UK – 020 8390 0500

Ever since coming to this place I have been positively impressed. Lili has helped me so much first with a really painful shoulder problem and then with long-lasting lower back pain. I really don’t know what I would have done without the help I found here. The combination of massages and acupuncture did wonders to relieve my problems and really helped my overall well-being. I was especially reluctant to believe in acupuncture to start with and quite scared of needles but Caroline works miracles with them. The practice always tries to accommodate appointments to help as quickly as possible and I was truly amazed to see the recent negative review which clearly must have been for a different place altogether. I warmly recommend the Surbiton Chinese Contemporary medicine practice opposite Sainsbury’s.

I was desperately suffering with eczema which refused with steroids and steroid creams to budge. A symptom of all the steriods was constipation. I heard about Caroline and her team and booked an appointment. Caroline was very through and gave me lots of advice on my diet and how to change my life to better suit my skin. I’ve since had three sessions of medical accupuncture and massage with Joy, Alice and Lilly and I’m already seeing positive results. I’ve stopped the steriods. Caroline has created a great all girl team in Surbiton, they are all interested and keen to help people feel better and move away from prescription medicine. I wholeheartedly recommend Caroline and her team to anyone who is looking for an alternative to western medicine. Oh and they all speak excellent English.

Olivia Shaw Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine

14 Claremont Rd, Surbiton KT6 4QU, UK – 07914 852435

I started treatment with Olivia in May 2005 because I have rheumatoid arthritis which affects every joint in my body and the pain and discomfort can be very severe which only strong medication can help and even then not very much and not without some horrible side effects. Olivia has helped relieve my condition enormously; I have been able to cut my medication by half since seeing her. Olivia takes pride in her work and is extremely dedicated to helping people; she really listens to everything you say - with no judgement of life style choices. Olivia has never ending patience in wanting to help and keeps working until she sees a positive result in her treatment. I would never hesitate in recommending Olivia.

I would recommend Olivia in a heartbeat. She is a highly dedicated, experienced & caring acupuncturist, who really listened to me before carefully assessing my condition. In my particular case, she helped to regulate & to calm my very heavy & uncomfortable periods. Her treatments are relaxing, & more importantly very effective.

Surrey Acupuncture Clinic

6 Electric Parade, Surbiton KT6 5NT, UK – 07808 938223

Despite being sceptical I decided to try acupuncture after 3 years of unexplained secondary infertility. Nuala was great and provided lots of dietary and health advice as well as relaxing acupuncture sessions. She was also a great listener and made me feel supported (sub-fertility can be a lonely journey). In just a few months I finally got pregnant! Definitely recommend Nuala for helping me complete my family.

I went to see Nuala for treatment of Bell’s Palsy. Nuala is professional, knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. She is caring and always makes the time to listen. I would highly recommend her services.

Complementary Healthare Information Service UK with information about all sorts of alternative therapies from Acupuncture to Bowen technique to Reiki and Yoga.  Search for alternative health practitioners in Surrey.

Alternative Medicine

Golden Needle Health Care & Beauty

43 Old London Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6ND, UK – 020 3105 4906

I can't rate Dr Zhang highly enough. The magic wand that you want when you are in pain. And very professional with a gentle manner.

I have had amazing massages here. As someone with a complicated health condition, I was blown away by the medical knowledge and understanding despite the condition being quite rare. My massage was amazing and I am now a return customer!

Dr Ryu Clinic

Unit 4, St.Georges Court, St.Georges Square, New Malden KT3 4HG, UK – 020 8241 7361

Dr. Ryu is gentle, soothing and very patient, and her treatment is very effective. I have seen many chiropractors and acupuncturist for my shoulder and neck problem for a long time. However, Dr. Ryu's treatment is amazing. My shoulder problem improves right away. The pain decreased and my shoulder and neck regain mobility. I will highly recommend Dr. Ryu to anyone who is suffering from shoulder and neck pain!!!

Chinese Acupuncture Kingston

Kingston upon Thames KT1 1SP, UK – 020 8546 3886

I had some sessions for shoulders here, good for acupuncture and cupping, but I don’t like the massage done by “Lee” which lead to spine pain according to the technique he used, on the other hand I had a massage with the acupuncture specialist (forgot his name) and it was great!

Suffered from a bad shoulder and back and after three sessions it was fixed. I highly recommend this place to anyone who is in any sort of pain. The decor is basic but effective.

Useful NHS site with information for every type of carer. It provides details of the services or benefits affecting carers, carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others. Find out if you will have to pay for your own long term care, research money and financial implications, the wellbeing of all carers, the needs of young carers. Search for carer services such as dementia care and respite breaks around Kingston upon Thames or anywhere in the UK with the search facility.
This is a good NHS site for finding doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals and urgent care in KT1 or anywhere in England. It also lists Dentists accepting NHS patients!

BBC Healthy Lifestyle Website - the importance of exercise, exercise for children, diet and finess plans.
This is the NHS website with information about all sorts of mental health issues including depression, breakdowns, phobias, self-harm, over-eating and more.
Search for mental health services in KT1 or anywhere in England.
Health A to Z, conditions and illnesses, symptom checker. Online discussions and communities, news and topical articles.
NHS site for England and Wales. Health A to Z of conditions and illnesses. Information about the NHS and its services and management. Search for NHS services in KT1 and Kingston upon Thames.
Health companion for travellers - offers customized medical kits and advice on medication. Check the tablet and vaccination requirements and tips.
The NHS website with advice for healthy travelling - inoculations required for travel, inflight health. Lots of stuff that you did not Know you did not Know - some of it really important!
Useful travel health website from NHS with travel advice and search facility to find where to get a yellow fever innoculation around Kingston upon Thames.
For many conditions and symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Emotional recovery after breast cancer, redundancy, confidence & self esteem, anxiety and many more. Many on offer. Professional, caring and thoughtful company.

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