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Arrangements for Visiting your GP

Arrangements for Visiting your GP

If you go to see your GP you still need to wear a face mask and socially distance – this is to help keep you and others safe. NHS General Practice teams are working hard to help you.

If you have a medical exemption for wearing a face covering, please consider whether your medical condition makes you more vulnerable to infection and talk with us about providing alternative options. Please use hand sanitisers provided.

You must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please do not visit if you have COVID-19 symptoms, been told to self-isolate or have received a positive COVID-19 test.

Dementia Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Dementia Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is a group talking activity for people with a diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia. The therapy consists of an individual assessment followed by a series of eight group sessions e.g: food, music, art and creativity and more.

Click on the link below for further information. 

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Information Leaflet

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health & Wellbeing

The need to look after our mental health has never been greater. Whether you are having increased stress or you just want to increase your mental wellbeing, there is a lot of support available. Please have a look at the links to discover what support would suit you best. 

Food and mood

Food and mood

How can food affect mood?

Knowing what foods we should and shouldn’t be eating can be really confusing, especially when it feels like the advice changes regularly. However, evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect the way we feel.

Improving your diet may help to:

  • improve your mood
  • give you more energy
  • help you think more clearly.
How to manage your mood with food

Tips to help you explore the relationship between what you eat and how you feel. 


Eating regularly

If your blood sugar drops you might feel tired, irritable and depressed. Eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly will help to keep your sugar levels steady.

Slow-release energy foods include: pasta, rice, oats, wholegrain bread and cereals, nuts and seeds.


Quick tips:

  • Eating breakfast gets the day off to a good start.
  • Instead of eating a large lunch and dinner, try eating smaller portions spaced out more regularly throughout the day.
  • Avoid foods which make your blood sugar rise and fall rapidly, such as sweets, biscuits, sugary drinks, and alcohol.

"I made a decision that I was going to make positive lifestyle changes to try and live as happily and stress-free as I could. I gave up red meat and try to eat no sugar [and drink] hardly any alcohol."


Staying hydrated

If you don’t drink enough fluid, you may find it difficult to concentrate or think clearly. You might also start to feel constipated (which puts no one in a good mood).


Quick tips:

  • It’s recommended that you drink between 6–8 glasses of fluid a day.
  • Water is a cheap and healthy option.
  • Tea, coffee, juices and smoothies all count towards your intake (but be aware that these may also contain caffeine or sugar).

Getting your 5 a day

Vegetables and fruit contain a lot of the minerals, vitamins and fibre we need to keep us physically and mentally healthy.

Eating a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables every day means you’ll get a good range of nutrients.


Quick tips:

  • Fresh, frozen, tinned, dried and juiced (one glass) fruits and vegetables all count towards your 5 a day.
  • As a general rule, one portion is about a handful, small bowl or a small glass.
  • For ideas on how to get your 5 a day, visit NHS Choices.

Looking after your gut

Sometimes your gut can reflect how you are feeling emotionally. If you're stressed or anxious this can make your gut slow down or speed up. For healthy digestion you need to have plenty of fibre, fluid and exercise regularly.

Healthy gut foods include: fruits, vegetables and wholegrains, beans, pulses, live yoghurt and other probiotics.


Quick tips:

  • It might take your gut time to get used to a new eating pattern, so make changes slowly to give yourself time to adjust.
  • If you’re feeling stressed and you think it is affecting your gut, try some relaxation techniques or breathing exercises.

Getting enough protein

Protein contains amino acids, which make up the chemicals your brain needs to regulate your thoughts and feelings. It also helps keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Protein is in: lean meat, fish, eggs, cheese, legumes (peas, beans and lentils), soya products, nuts and seeds.


Quick tip:

Whatever your diet, why not do some research into other foods that contain protein, and find something new to try? For ideas on healthy recipes, visit NHS Choices.


Managing caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it will give you a quick burst of energy, but then may make you feel anxious and depressed, disturb your sleep (especially if you have it before bed), or give you withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly.

Caffeine is in: tea, coffee, chocolate, cola and other manufactured energy drinks.


Quick tips:

  • If you drink tea, coffee or cola, try switching to decaffeinated versions.
  • You might feel noticeably better quite quickly if you drink less caffeine or avoid it altogether.

Eating the right fats

Your brain needs fatty acids (such as omega-3 and -6) to keep it working well. So rather than avoiding all fats, it’s important to eat the right ones.

Healthy fats are found in: oily fish, poultry, nuts (especially walnuts and almonds), olive and sunflower oils, seeds (such as sunflower and pumpkin), avocados, milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs.


Quick tip:

  • Try to avoid anything which lists ‘trans fats’ or ‘partially hydrogenated oils’ in the list of ingredients (such as some shop-bought cakes and biscuits). They can be tempting when you’re feeling low, but this kind of fat isn’t good for your mood or your physical health in the long run.


Further information can be found on the Mind website -


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Welcome to Crawley Care Collaborative Primary Care Network. We are a group of 4 GP practices working with our local community health and social care providers. Our vision is to ‘share best practice and make meaningful changes together so that we can give better care to our patients’.

- Bridge Medical Practice - Langley Corner Surgery - Leacroft Medical Practice - Southgate Medical Group -

Dr Jude Gunasegaram
Clinical Director, Crawley Care Collaborative PCN

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