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Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.

Women 'deserve apology' over vaginal mesh implants

Hundreds of women say the vaginal implants left them in pain and unable to walk, work or have sex.

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Experts say the findings are exciting but unlikely to explain the causes for all dyslexia.

Pre-sex HIV drug 'no-brainer' for NHS

Prep treatment could prevent a quarter of new HIV cases and save the NHS millions, experts calculate.

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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 ST18 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

Acuherbs

9 Mill St, Stafford ST16 2AJ, UK – 01785 257686

Dr Li treated my frozen shoulder and I felt the difference after just a couple of sessions. It has completely healed and he has now started acupuncture on my knees to help the long standing pain of arthritis. I have had 2 sessions and noticed a huge differerence already the pain has eased and the movement is a lot better. He is very knowledgeable, puts you at ease and will give you advice on your condition. I would highly recommend him.

Dr Li has been treating my 9yr old son for neuropathic pain with acupuncture. When we first visited 3 months ago my son was experiencing unbearable pain every 20 seconds of every waking minute. Following the first session this was reduced to every 3 minutes and now, after 3 months, he experiences very mild pain approximately 4 times daily. Dr Li has been our saviour and without his help I cannot imagine what the past months would have been like. He is a compassionate and respectful professional who has worked very hard to help us. I would recommend him to anyone who is struggling to manage a health condition.

Rowley Hall Hospital

Rowley Ave, Staffordshire, Stafford ST17 9AQ, UK – 01785 223203

I've just had a total hip replacement done at Rowley Hall Hospital and cannot praise the hospital and staff enough. I was kept informed of each procedure and given information on the medication I was taking. Exceptionally clean, very well organised, extremely pleasant nursing staff/doctors. I felt like I received 5* treatment. A huge thank you to everyone for the excellent treatment I received. Well done.

After an initial disappointment through a postponed operation I had my surgery on 30th Dec 2016. From the moment I arrived for my surgery I was treated so kindly, everyone I was in contact with was friendly and caring. Both the anaesthetist and the Surgeon came for a chat prior to the operation, this really put me at ease. I found the standards throughout the hospital are very high. My stay was made as comfortable as possible, nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Rowley Hall Hospital is indeed an incredible hospital, one that I would fully recommend.

One Recovery Staffordshire

10 Browning St, Stafford ST16 3AT, UK – 01785 270080

I have recently engaged with One Recovery as I have several major issues. I have a very professional and caring keyworker named Paul. I am sure working together and through my issues, I can and will get to where I want to be. It is going to be a very rocky road ahead, I have faith and feel comfortable talking to Paul and staff at One Recovery. I will beat my demons.

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 Staffordshire.

Alternative Medicine

Acuherbs

9 Mill St, Stafford ST16 2AJ, UK – 01785 257686

Dr Li treated my frozen shoulder and I felt the difference after just a couple of sessions. It has completely healed and he has now started acupuncture on my knees to help the long standing pain of arthritis. I have had 2 sessions and noticed a huge differerence already the pain has eased and the movement is a lot better. He is very knowledgeable, puts you at ease and will give you advice on your condition. I would highly recommend him.

Dr Li has been treating my 9yr old son for neuropathic pain with acupuncture. When we first visited 3 months ago my son was experiencing unbearable pain every 20 seconds of every waking minute. Following the first session this was reduced to every 3 minutes and now, after 3 months, he experiences very mild pain approximately 4 times daily. Dr Li has been our saviour and without his help I cannot imagine what the past months would have been like. He is a compassionate and respectful professional who has worked very hard to help us. I would recommend him to anyone who is struggling to manage a health condition.

Time to Float

146 Marston Rd, Stafford ST16 3BT, UK – 01785 747654

Took my first Flotation session this morning and found it, Incredible!. Personally wanting a safe way to experience Sensory Deprivation i found that trying a session at Time to Float was the best choice i could have made. Not only did it allow me to access deeper thought and concentration but it left me renewed both physically and mental after only an hour in which flew by. I would personally recommend this for anyone wanting to revive themselves physically, mental and even spiritual then Time to Float is certainly the place to go.

Had my first float today which was a bit of a strange experience (obviously not been before it would) difficult to explain how it feels but the experience was not unpleasant very relaxing once you've got the hang of it.

Core Injury Clinic

Unit 1, Carver Business Park, Carver Road, Stafford ST16 3HR, UK – 01785 259157

Great service and with my knee I need it

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 Staffordshire Technology Park 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 ST18 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 ST18 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 ST18 and Staffordshire Technology Park.
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 Staffordshire Technology Park.
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.