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Ronapreve: 'Most vulnerable' to get new Covid drug next week

Antibody therapy Ronapreve, given to Donald Trump, will be given to eligible NHS patients in hospital.

Covid calculator spots people vulnerable despite jabs

An online tool could help doctors identify those who would benefit from boosters or early therapy.

Long Covid less common than feared - ONS study

One in 40 people has some long-lasting symptoms, Office for National Statistics data suggests.

Women threatened over maternity care bills

A debt collection company told some women that future visas for in the UK would be refused if they did not pay.

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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 CF64 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

Barefoot Medicine Acupuncture, herbs & Nutrition Clinic

Wellfield Clinic, Stangate House, Stanwell Rd, Penarth CF64 3HA, UK – 07715 239999

As a nutritionist I have been a raving fan of Acupuncture for some time but having treatments and working with Simone has been even better than I anticipated. She has a wealth of experience not just as a practicing acupuncturist but in holistic health including nutrition and herbal medicine. She has an intuitive and thorough way of working and I have had great reports form clients I have referred to her. When your body is blocked with stress and long term underlying problems messages, hormones and enzymes can’t do their best to keep us mentally and physically healthy. I feel so fortunate to have such a brilliant health practitioner in my area.

Simone is a truly amazing practitioner. A serious upper back injury had left me with severe muscle triggers (knots or sticky muscles as one Physio called them), causing the muscles to contract to such a degree they caused a curvature of the spine. Although there was a great deal of relief through conventional medicine in the year immediately following injury, there remained a significant amount of pain and still the spine curvature. Over the next five years I saw a variety of physiotherapists, a chiropractor and an acupuncturist practicing traditional Chinese medicine only. There were some improvements, but all were short lived and in some instances the treatment made the condition positively worse. I was convinced in my own mind acupuncture was still my best chance for significant improvement.. I came across Simone through internet search and attended her clinic in Penarth. She listened attentively to my long story and began treatment. After a few sessions it was predominantly the combination of deep massage (she uses her elbow so be prepared), and electro acupuncture which seemed to provided the most promise. At first there did not appear to be a significant improvement, but this changed after about five treatments. Then after about the the eighth treatment the major triggers were just gone and my spine was more or less straight again for the first time in almost six years. She was also able to provide me with significant relief for hip pain. Simone is a dedicated, passionate and in my opinion highly skilled professional whom I have no hesitation in recommending.

Yvette Haines Acupuncture

Active Health, 32 Cardiff Rd, Dinas Powys CF64 4JS, UK – 07443 428380

I was recommended going for accupuncture to help with stress and trying to conceive. I met Yvette and she immediately put me at ease. She is easy to talk to and has a calm presence. I explained we had been trying for a 2nd child for nearly 2 years and in that time I had 2 early miscarriages, a failed iui and failed IVF also. I knew that Yvette specialised in fertlity and felt that she could really help me. I am now 12 weeks pregnant and conceived naturally after seeing Yvette for my 1st session of accupuncture in January 2017. I continued weekly initially and now have fortnightly treatments. I highly recommend Yvette, she is professional but also kind and easy to talk to. Thank you! ☺

Wellfield Osteopathic Clinic (Penarth)

5, Stangate House, Stanwell Rd, Penarth CF64 2AA, UK – 029 2070 1872

I had reached desperation point with a trapped nerve in my neck causing sleepless nights from intense pain down my right arm. Louise Cooke arranged an appointment at short notice, on a bank holiday, and the improvement over just a couple of weeks was remarkable. Within six weeks I was back on a badminton court. Superb, friendly service. I cannot recommend highly enough. Outstanding!

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 Glamorgan.

Alternative Medicine

Dinas Powys Chiropractor

Dinas Powys Medical Center, Murch Rd, Dinas Powys CF64 4RE, UK – 07399 079035

Love this place!! Am a keen boxer but I'd been having back issues for ages. Went there. Back pain gone. Simple as. It just makes me annoyed I didn't get it looked at by a professional much sooner. I tell anyone who will listen to go there.

Suffered lower back pain and had problems with flexibility for years. Visited Hannah and have felt an almost immediate relief. Wish I had sought help before! She has an approachable but professional approach, and I was put at ease immediately. Everything was thoroughly explained to me throughout. Each process of treatment was explained and I was given advice on after care and given an ice pad to take home to alleviate any aches and pains. Her clinic is now in the new Dinas Powys medical centre, which has a lift to her first floor treatment room. Would highly recomend Dinas Powys Chiropractor.

Barefoot Medicine Acupuncture, herbs & Nutrition Clinic

Wellfield Clinic, Stangate House, Stanwell Rd, Penarth CF64 3HA, UK – 07715 239999

As a nutritionist I have been a raving fan of Acupuncture for some time but having treatments and working with Simone has been even better than I anticipated. She has a wealth of experience not just as a practicing acupuncturist but in holistic health including nutrition and herbal medicine. She has an intuitive and thorough way of working and I have had great reports form clients I have referred to her. When your body is blocked with stress and long term underlying problems messages, hormones and enzymes can’t do their best to keep us mentally and physically healthy. I feel so fortunate to have such a brilliant health practitioner in my area.

Simone is a truly amazing practitioner. A serious upper back injury had left me with severe muscle triggers (knots or sticky muscles as one Physio called them), causing the muscles to contract to such a degree they caused a curvature of the spine. Although there was a great deal of relief through conventional medicine in the year immediately following injury, there remained a significant amount of pain and still the spine curvature. Over the next five years I saw a variety of physiotherapists, a chiropractor and an acupuncturist practicing traditional Chinese medicine only. There were some improvements, but all were short lived and in some instances the treatment made the condition positively worse. I was convinced in my own mind acupuncture was still my best chance for significant improvement.. I came across Simone through internet search and attended her clinic in Penarth. She listened attentively to my long story and began treatment. After a few sessions it was predominantly the combination of deep massage (she uses her elbow so be prepared), and electro acupuncture which seemed to provided the most promise. At first there did not appear to be a significant improvement, but this changed after about five treatments. Then after about the the eighth treatment the major triggers were just gone and my spine was more or less straight again for the first time in almost six years. She was also able to provide me with significant relief for hip pain. Simone is a dedicated, passionate and in my opinion highly skilled professional whom I have no hesitation in recommending.

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 Penarth 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 CF64 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 CF64 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 CF64 and Penarth.
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 Penarth.
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.