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GPs in Lewisham are supporting Health Information Week 2016

​Quacks are for ducks – not for your health. So, get yourself some good health advice this summer.

The TV, radio, newspaper, magazines, Internet, celebrities and family/friends all provide plenty of health information. A survey[i] of young people aged 11-19 years reveals that over half of children and young people today get their health advice from school/teachers and parents, and just under half turn to the Internet (47%) for advice. For nearly one in four (24%) friends play a key advisory role.

But do these sources always offer the best possible health advice? 

Health Information Week, which takes place between July 4-10, is an annual campaign involving Lewisham which encourages families, schools, workplaces and other organisations to spread the word about the best sources of good quality healthcare advice and to promote a healthy community.

Dr Marc Rowland, Chair of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "Whether you are employed or voluntary, everyone has a responsibility to direct people to the best quality information and this week is a good time to step up that effort."

Fairs, health promotions, displays, competitions and newsletters are all great ways to help signpost people in Lewisham to the best health information and advice available locally and nationally. 

Resources to support Health Information Week 2016 in Lewisham are available from the Health Information Week website. Good quality healthcare advice is also available from

Among the health topics that are important to people in Lewisham are:

  • Stop smoking
  • Lose weight and get more active
  • Sensible drinking
  • Safe sex
  • Happiness and wellbeing.

Health Information Week is run by Health Education England.

To find out more about Health Information Week, visit Health Education England.  

[i] National Children's Bureau survey (2012). Teenagers' views on their health and local health services