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General health advice to support you while you wait

We know that because of the impact of the Covid pandemic, sometimes patients are waiting longer than we would like and it is not always possible to identify when treatment will take place.

While you are waiting, it is important that you keep healthy and well. This can also help you to recover better after you have had your procedure.

This document provides you with information to help you stay healthy while waiting to attend hospital and should be read in conjunction with the specialty level guidance appropriate for your condition.

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Fit 4 Surgery

Our Fit 4 Surgery programme is for patients due to have major surgery at our hospitals. Please speak to your clinical team to discuss a referral.

Fit 4 Surgery

Access to support where you live

While Addenbrooke's and the Rosie hospitals are based in Cambridge, our patients come to us from many different counties.

Here you will find further support available to you in the location you live.

Cambridgeshire

www.bewellcambridgeshire.co.uk

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Smoking
  • Active living
  • Healthy eating
  • Alcohol
Suffolk

Healthy Suffolk

www.healthysuffolk.org.uk

  • Blood pressure
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Eating
  • Exercise
  • Mental health
  • Smoking

OneLife Suffolk

www.onelifesuffolk.org.uk

  • Stop smoking
  • Adult weight management programme
  • Health walks
  • Get active
  • NHS health checks
Norfolk

Health and Wellbeing – Adults health

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health

  • Healthy eating
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Help with weight management
  • Getting active
  • Smoking
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Mental health
  • Later life – Advice on staying healthy and active in later years
Hertfordshire

Health in Herts

www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts/health-in-herts.aspx

  • Wellbeing and mental health
  • Healthy weight
  • Keep active
  • Stop smoking
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Long term conditions
Essex

Live Well

https://www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/

  • Local activities
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Ageing well
  • Stop smoking
  • Staying active
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Patient education videos (diabetes, back pain & dementia)

Wellbeing service

https://www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk/lifestyle

  • Stop smoking
  • Improve physical activity
  • Strength and balance
  • Mental health
  • Alcohol reduction
  • Healthy eating – Weight management
  • Health checks

Bedfordshire – Public health

Public health

https://www.bedford.gov.uk/social-care-health-and-community/public-health/

Lincolnshire

One You

https://www.oneyoulincolnshire.org.uk/

  • Smoking
  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol
National – One You

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/ (NHS Hub)

  • One You provides tips, tools, support and encouragement every step of the way, to help improve your health right away.
  • You are not alone – One You can help you make small changes yourself, or with friends and family.

Lifestyle and health advice

When you're preparing to have surgery, you will likely have been advised on the areas of your health and wellbeing that would be beneficial for you to focus on.

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Cancer support

Macmillan – www.macmillan.org.uk

Maggie’s – www.maggiescentres.org

Cancer Research UK – www.cancerresearchuk.org

Healthy eating

British Heart Foundation – Healthy eating - https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/healthy-living/healthy-eating

British Nutrition Foundation - https://www.nutrition.org.uk/

Stop smoking

CAMQUIT – www.camquit.nhs.uk

Smoke Free Norfolk – www.smokefreenorfolk.nhs.uk

One Life Suffolk – onelifesuffolk.co.uk/services/stop-smoking

Essex Lifestyle Service – https://www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk/lifestyle/stop-smoking

Smoke Free Bedfordshire – www.smokefreebedfordshire.co.uk

Quit51 – Lincolnshire – www.facebook.com/Quit51

Exercise classes/ groups/ organisations

Forever Active – Cambridgeshire – www.forever-active.org.uk

Pos+Ability – Cambridgeshire - https://posability3.wordpress.com

Active Norfolk – www.linkedin.com/company/active-norfolk

Get Help to Get Active – One Life Suffolk – www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk/services/get-help-to-get-active

Diabetes

Diabetes UK – www.diabetes.org.uk

COPD and lung disease

British Lung Foundation – www.blf.org.uk

Surgical specialties

Dr Ifti Hossain in the surgical theatre with his team
Colorectal

Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Association - www.iasupport.org

Bowel Cancer UK - www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

Colostomy UK - www.colostomyuk.org

Crohn’s and Colitis UK - www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk

Gynaecology - oncology

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – www.jostrust.org.uk

The Eve Appeal - www.eveappeal.org.uk

Target Ovarian Cancer – www.targetovariancancer.org.uk

Vascular

The Circulation Foundation – www.circulationfoundation.org.uk

Vascular Society – www.vascularsociety.org.uk

Urology

Urostomy Association - www.urostomyassociation.org.uk

Fight Bladder Cancer – www.fightbladdercancer.co.uk

Action Bladder Cancer UK – www.actionbladdercanceruk.org

Kidney Cancer UK – www.kcuk.org.uk

Hepatobiliary and pancreatic (HPB)

Pancreatic Cancer UK - www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Psychological well-being service

Waiting for treatment can be extremely challenging psychologically and we all need support at times. If you or a family member needs psychological wellbeing support, patients can self-refer to the Psychological Wellbeing Service run by CPFT

  • Tel: 0300 300 0055 9am-4pm
  • Email: selfreferiapt@cpft.nhs.uk