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Groin Strain

A groin strain is a pain in the groin/inner thigh area which occurs as a result of overstretching one of the muscles/tendons on the inside of your thigh.

Self Help Booklet For Groin Strain

Illustration of where you'd get groin strain

Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects your joints and is common in the knee.  When a knee joint develops OA, some of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones gradually roughens and becomes thin. Associated features include stiffening and weakening of the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Self Help Booklet for Osteoarthritis knee

Illustration of Osteoarthritis knee

Knee Sprains

A knee sprain can occur when you injure or twist your knee awkwardly. This may cause damage to the tissues in and around the knee such as the muscles, ligaments and/or cartilage.


Sexual Health

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so its worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you’re tested, the sooner treatment can be given if its needed.

An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. You can get or pass on an STI whoever you’re having sex with.

STIs can pass between men and women, and from women to women and men to men.


Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is the greasy, yellow scaly patches that sometimes appear on the scalps of young babies.

It is common, harmless and doesn’t usually itch or cause discomfort. Do not pick at the scales as this can cause an infection. Cradle cap is not contagious and is not caused by poor hygiene or an allergy.

It usually appears in babies in the first two months and clears up without treatment within weeks to a few months.

A babys head with cradle cap
Image courtesy of NHS Choices

Children & Young Peoples Advice Line

If you are worried or concerned about a young persons mental health, you can now access mental health advice and support outside if usual working hours by calling the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts advice line.

Children and Young Persons Mental Health Advice Line Information Poster

Children and Young Persons Mental Health Advice Line Information Leaflet



Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, although you can get it at any age. It usually gets better by itself within a week without needing to see a GP.

Chickenpox starts with red spots, they can appear anywhere on the body. The spots fill with fluid and the blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area.The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over.


Tiredness and Fatigue

Tiredness and Fatigue

Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for “tired all the time”.

We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually obvious and include:

  • too many late nights
  • long hours spent at work
  • a baby keeping you up at night

But tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal and can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life.

Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP.




Sunburn is damage caused to the skin by UV rays (sunshine).

The skin becomes red, warm, sore and tender. It may start to flake and peel after a few days, and will usually fully heal within 7 days.

Sunburn is usually mild and short-lived, but it’s important to try to avoid it because it can increase your risk of developing skin problems in later life, such as ageing (wrinkling) and skin cancer.

It can be easy to underestimate the strength of the sun when you’re outside. The wind and getting wet, such as going in and out of the sea, may cool your skin, so you don’t realise you’re getting burnt.

You should always be aware of the risk of sunburn if you’re outside in strong sunshine, and look out for your skin getting hot.


Optician Services

Optician Services

If you are having problems with your eyes, visiting an optician is the best place to start.

Optometrists are highly trained to recognise abnormalities and conditions that could be causing your eye problems. They will prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses, and, if necessary, they will refer you to a GP or a hospital eye clinic for further investigations.

Selection of glasses