Regular eye tests are important, not only will the optometrist tell you if you require glasses or have a change in prescription, but they will also carry out eye health checks to spot any early signs of eye conditions before they become a problem.
Optometrists are highly trained and can recognise abnormalities and conditions that could be causing eye problems.
The NHS recommend you get an eye test every two years (more often if advised by your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist).
How can I tell if my child is having issues with their eyes?
Children often do not complain about their sight, but they may show signs of being unable to see properly such as:
• Sitting closer to the TV
• Holding objects very close to their face
• Blinking a lot
• Eye rubbing
• One eye turning in or out
If you think your child has any sort of sight problem, book and appointment at the opticians for further investigation. Children so not have to be able to read letters to have their eyes tested.
Children under 16 years of age or 16, 17 or 18 year olds in full time education are entitled to free NHS eye examinations.
You can find your local opticians by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/opticians/
Youth Mental Health Day encourages understanding and discussion of mental health in young people, enabling them to live happy and healthy lives all year round.
Mental Health concerns for young people have multiplied in recent times. Today, 1 in 6 5-16 year olds have a diagnosable mental health disorder. If you are a parent, carer or a young person looking for advice, support and more information, visit:
Migraine is the third most common disease in the world and despite being recognised as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions, awareness and understanding is low.
You can learn more about migraines, their symptoms, causes and possible treatments at
Every September people come together from around the world to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and challenge the stigma around dementia.
Dementia is often perceived as a condition that is an inevitable part of getting older, but in fact anyone can get dementia.
You can find out more information and support at
Please note that we will be closed for the Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 29th August 2022. We will reopen as normal on Tuesday 30th August.
If during this time you require medical advice or treatment you can:
Visit your pharmacy. Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. Opening times for local Pharmacies can be downloaded or you can visit NHS Choices.
Access NHS 111. To access the service online simply visit https://111.nhs.uk/ and enter your age, sex, postcode and main symptom, and then you will be guided through a series of questions about your health problems.
To access the service via phone, simply dial 111 from any mobile or landline free of charge and you will be put through to an operator who will run through a few questions regarding your health problem in order to get you the right care.
A&E or 999. For a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and or/severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.
Staffordshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service is here to support children and young people from 5 to 18, with their mental health. Find out more on the action for children website.
Action for children also run the Blues Programme, which gives young people, aged 13 – 19, the tools to look after their emotional wellbeing. Over 6 weeks it teaches emotional resilience, and reduces low mood and anxious thoughts. Find out more about ‘The Blues Programme’.
An official 999 service has now been launched in British Sign Language.
Using a dedicated smartphone APP or the 999 BSL website, callers will be connected to a 999 call handler via a BSL interpreter.
The service can be accessed at 999bsl.co.uk – you can also download the iOS or Android app there.