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If you’re stressed, the first step towards feeling better is to identify the cause if you can, so that you can start to feel in control again. It may simply be a matter of time management, choosing your goals and prioritising what is important to you. Making decisions about those things can make you feel you’re back in control as well as more focused and relaxed.

Here are some more tips that can help to reduce stress and increase your sense of wellbeing and happiness. If it’s hard to work out why you feel stressed these ideas could still help you.

Its free, easy to take and has an immediate effect. It lowers a whole range of health risks, raises the level of feel-good hormones in the brain and can help you to clear your thoughts. And if you don’t feel like doing it, that’s a good reason to go for a walk and get your energy flowing!

Connect with people. Having a laugh with friends is a great stress-reliever, and talking things through with someone you trust can help you find solutions to your problems.

Have some quality time doing things you enjoy and find relaxing.

Challenge yourself and build confidence by learning or doing something new. It can be anything you choose – some new recipes, a sport you haven't tried before, a new language or skill, visiting a new place… whatever appeals to you.

Avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive drinking. Those things won’t solve your problem and may create new ones.

Help other people. It can be a small thing – a smile or a kind word – or a bigger commitment such as volunteering, depending on how much time you can spare.

Manage your thoughts by deliberately looking for the positives in life and things you appreciate. You could even make a habit of writing down three things you’re grateful for at the end of each day.

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High blood sugar can lead to serious health problems if left untreated, as it can lead to diabetes or be a sign that you already have it. Symptoms include:

increased thirst

peeing more frequently

blurred vision

weight loss

recurrent infections, such as thrush, skin infections or cystitis

cuts or wounds that heal slowly

breath that smells fruity.

 As the symptoms could be caused by undiagnosed diabetes it’s wise to see your GP and have a test. You may be advised to use a testing device to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly at home, and you may be given an appointment every few months with a nurse or a doctor for monitoring purposes.

 A number of things can increase your blood sugar level:


an illness such as a cold

eating too much, snacking between meals

lack of exercise

missing a dose of your diabetes medicine or taking an incorrect dose

overtreating an episode of low blood sugar.

 You can also help to lower it yourself by eating healthily, especially keeping sugar, fat and salt to a minimum, and by losing weight and staying active. Your GP or practice nurse will advise and support you.

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Cervical screening is a test which checks a sample of cells from your cervix (the neck of your womb). It looks for certain types of human papilloma virus (HPV) which can cause abnormal cells to develop. If these types of HPV are found, the cells are then checked for abnormal changes which could turn into cancer if not treated.

The test is carried out by a female nurse and should take less than 5 minutes, and the whole appointment only takes about 10 minutes. When you go for your test, you’ll need to undress from the waist down and will be given a sheet to put over you. As you lie on the bed a small smooth tube will be put into your vagina so that a small sample of cells can be taken from your cervix using a soft brush. It is then removed and you can get dressed.

Don’t be put off by this. It may feel a bit uncomfortable but isn’t painful, and there’s no need to be embarrassed as the medical staff who perform the test do lots of them and are used to it.

You will get a letter inviting you to attend your GP practice for cervical screening at regular intervals depending on your age. It starts just before you turn 25, and then from:

  • 25 to 49, it’s every 3 years
  • 50 to 64, it’s every 5 years
  • 65 or older, you will only be invited if 1 of your last 3 tests was abnormal.

There is no need to go for cervical screening if you have had a total hysterectomy to remove all of your womb and cervix.

You can find more information on cervical screening and cancer on the NHS website.


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What is Social Prescribing?

We know that taking care of your health and wellbeing involves more than just medicine. With Social Prescribing you can get specialist support for more than medical issues. Your Social Prescribing Link Worker, who is linked with your GP practice, can spend time with you exploring what matters to you. We will assist and support you to plan your next steps and goals that you want to address and achieve.

Link workers can see you or speak to you in a way that you feel comfortable. They could chat to you on the phone, meet you at a community venue or sometimes visit at home. We have the time to get to know you and use our local knowledge to ensure that you are linked in with others that can help.

Together we can explore;

Your perspective of a situation.

What is important to you

What you would like things to be like

How we can move closer to what you would like to achieve by considering what has worked for you in the past, who you know and who we know that can help. Our links include support services provided by the NHS, the local council, Leicestershire County Council, local voluntary and community groups and so many more.



How Link Worker have supported others linked to your practice;

By giving time to people to express and explore their feelings to really find out what the concerns are.

Help with knowing who to talk to about housing, benefits, financial problems.

Advice on who can help with employment, training and education

Help with exercise, sports, gym, fitness classes or simply knowing your local walking groups are.

Finding outdoor activities, creative spaces, arts or music groups.

We can also support those who are looking to volunteer locally or wanting to start a new group in their community.


People have said that it has made a difference because..

They feel less isolated,

They feel that they have more choices,

They feel listened to and understood.

Our Social Prescribers help you to look after your health and wellbeing your way. We all need help sometimes; your link worker can help you to create your own social prescription using their knowledge of local support networks. 

If you would like to know more please watch the video below. If you think that a link worker is the right person to help you then please ask any member of your staff at your GP practice.

COVID Booster Vaccinations

A booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.

It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

You can get a booster dose if you had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago and:

  • you are aged 18 or over
  • you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • you are a frontline health or social care worker
  • you live or work in a care home
  • you are aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • you are aged 16 or over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.


Although we continue to see patients face to face, please do not come to the surgery if you have symptoms of Coronavirus or have recently been in contact with someone who has had the virus, unless you have had a negative PCR Test.  You must telephone the practice in the first instance.  NHS 119 can offer support and advice regarding COVID-19. 


  • We are open and continue to see patients

  • If you are asked to come in to the surgery, you must wear a face mask or face covering, worn before entering the premises. 


  • ORDER YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS ONLINE: via our online service OR you can order them via the NHSapp. For more information visit:

  • DROP OFF YOUR PRESCRIPTION REQUEST OUTSIDE: in the large grey post box outside the practice. 

  • STAY UPDATED: via our website or Facebook page

         Welcome to our website!         

Dr. S. Virmani & Dr. G. Bedi


Whitwick Health Centre

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We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.

Serving You

Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology we use also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.

Partners in Care

Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction. You can read our Patient Charter Standards that we have set for the benefit of our patients.

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