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Health advice

We want to help people in Haringey live healthier lives. Our colleagues in public health, who work for Haringey Council, have lots of information on their website about healthy living and avoiding disease.

You can also search for a whole range of conditions and treatments using the interactive app on the NHS Choices website.

In this section you will find a summary of some key public health issues and links to further information:




If you could see what's really there, you wouldn't smoke. Your chances of quitting with our stop smoking service, and then staying smoke free, could never be better. You are over four times more likely to quit using our service than if you quit alone. For help and support, contact Haringey's stop smoking service on 020 8885 9095. You can also visit Haringey Council's website for more information.



Cutting down on alcohol can bring some great rewards. Not only will it mean a reduced risk to your health, but you could lose weight, feel better and have more time and cash to spend on doing other things. Why not find out more about your drinking by going to the Don't Bottle It Up website. For advice and support to cut down on alcohol call 020 8885 9095 or visit Haringey Council's website.


If you or a friend/family member have issues with drugs there are a wide range of services to support you to make the changes that you want. Further information on drugs services in Haringey.

Mental health and wellbeing

mental health

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is an NHS programme that aims to help people with depression and anxiety disorders. You can learn more about Haringey's IAPT service at the 'Let's Talk' website.

Five steps to mental wellbeing

Scientific evidence points to five steps that we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. Click here for more information.

Time to Change

Time to Change is a national campaign aimed at reducing the stigmatisation of people with mental health problems. You don’t have to have a mental health problem to start a conversation about mental health. You don't need to be an expert - you can be there for someone you know. Click here for more information.

Dementia support for people in Haringey

If you’re living with dementia, Dementia Support Workers are here to give you practical and emotional support. The Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Support Workers give personalised practical and emotional support to people with dementia who live alone, as well as those who have family or other carers who would also like some support. Contact the Alzheimer's Society (Haringey Office) for more information on 0203 725 3001 or haringey@alzheimers.org.uk.

Maternity services


As soon as you’re pregnant, tell a midwife or your GP!

The earlier you do this, the better, so that you can be booked in for your first scan. You don’t have to tell your friends and family at this stage if you don’t want to, but you should tell a midwife or your GP. You can self-refer directly to a midwife by ringing your local antenatal clinic or by visiting the hospital’s website (using links below) and filling in the self-referral form:

There is a full pregnancy guide on NHS Choices which includes information about getting pregnant, pregnancy, labour and birth, your newborn and babies and toddlers.



Ethnicity, family history and weight are some of the factors that place you at higher risk of developing diabetes. The main activities that individuals should undertake to reduce the risk of developing diabetes are physical activity and healthy eating. For more information on diabetes visit the Diabetes UK website.

Sexual health

There are lots of different sexual health services available for people in Haringey.  Full details are available on Haringey Council's website. 

Immunisations and vaccinations


Immunisation is a way of protecting ourselves against serious diseases. Once you have been immunised (vaccinated) your body should be able to fight those diseases against which you have been vaccinated. Find out more on the immunisation frequently asked questions page on the public health website.

Many vaccines are given during childhood. A full list of childhood immunisations and advice on where to get information on the diseases they protect against is included in the childhood immunisations page. A list of recommended vaccines is included, as well as being available on the NHS choices website.

Cancer screening

cancer screening

Breast screening

Breast screening is a method of detecting breast cancer at an early stage. The first step involves an x-ray of each breast - a mammogram. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor.

Breast Cancer Screening Services in Haringey are provided by the North London Breast Screening Service (NLBSS). For further information on local breast cancer screening services, including at what age women are invited for screening, visit the NLBSS website.

Cervical screening

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer. It is a method of preventing cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities which, if left untreated, could lead to cancer in a woman's cervix (the neck of the womb). View further information, including at what age women are invited for screening.

There is also a video on NHS Choices where a gynaecologist explains what cervical screening involves, why you should have it and how often.

In Haringey, eligible women (aged 25-64) will receive a letter in the post from their GP practice inviting them to make an appointment for cervical screening. If you are not registered with a GP, find your nearest GP by using the online search at NHS Choices or call NHS England on 0300 311 22 33 who will help you find and register with a local GP.

Bowel cancer screening

The aim of bowel cancer screening is to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective.

Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.

See further information on bowel cancer screening, including who is eligible for screening and how screening is conducted.

Healthy lifestyle programmes

Healthy start

Healthy Start

Healthy Start provides eligible families with vouchers to receive fruit and vegetables, milk and vitamins.

It also provides encouragement, information and support about topics such as healthy eating, breastfeeding, vitamin supplements and nutrition for pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children. To find out more, and to see if you qualify visit the Healthy Start website.

Change 4 life

For tips and help to make changes for a healthier future visit the Change4life website. 

Active for Life

'Active for Life' is a partnership between the NHS and Haringey Council and is a programme designed to help people to become more physically active. If you have any of the following conditions you may be eligible to join the scheme:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Very overweight
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Mental health problems

Find out more information on Active for Life.

Live Well

Live well

The 'Live well' section on the NHS Choices website has so much information about how to live more healthily. Find out more about Live well.

Health A-Z

Body map

You can search for a whole range of conditions and treatments using the interactive app on the NHS Choices website. There is also a symptom checker and much more...