Health Charities

Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.

1. Greener Practice

Our Values – : Our People, Our Place and Our Planet!

The core purpose of Narrowcliff Surgery is to ‘support your health” – which means helping you stay well, emotionally and physically.

This means looking after the places we live and work in.  We’re working to bring our carbon impact down and helping us all see the connections between the health of us all as people, and the health of the planet we all live on.

We know that the climate crisis is also a health crisis – and we’re working on the Kernow Primary Care (i.e. all surgeries in Cornwall) commitment to getting to net zero by 2030.

This means we’re going to try and reduce our carbon right down, and compensate for what we can’t reduce further, by doing things like planting more trees and habitat.

We’ve done all sorts already – including working towards the Green Impact Award [ have a hyper link to more info on this here] .

 This includes things like:

  • improving our energy efficiency
  • buying local and seasonal food and avoiding packaging and plastic
  • recycling everything we can
  • encouraging everyone to walk, cycle and use local buses
  • thinking about what we buy so we treat the planet more kindly
  • making sure we don’t waste things like paper
  • making sure people are only taking the medicine they need to feel better
  • helping our staff stay well
  • working with great partners like Healthy Cornwall
  • being great at talking with patients about their ideas to help us do more!


Our People, Our Place and Our Planet: - what can patients do?

Find out what you can do to help!

There is so much you can do to help – and we can’t wait to hear your ideas to help us be even better at looking after our people, place and planet.  We know that looking after our place and our planet is often the best way to look after our health – and vice versa. Walking is great for us, and great for our planet; eating more fruit and vegetables does the same!

We’ve got some ideas brewing below: what can you add?


Good food for people and planet

  • Refills are great! They’re convenient, means you can fill up everywhere, create little rubbish and keep you properly hydrated. Look for the Refill logo or look here:



  • When you go shopping, take your own bag, and buy loads of our fabulous Cornish grown vegetables, fed with Cornish sunshine and watered with Cornish rain. We’re doing this here in the surgery: here is Dr (ADD PHOTO OF GP)  with his lunch made from local salad!


  • We’re cutting our meat on Monday here at the surgery! Try for fantastic recipe ideas:  It's GREAT for your heart, your tummy, your digestion, your weight and your ability to sleep well. Send us your fave recipes!



Our very own Rubbish Revolution!

  • Did you know you can recycle your inhaler? Just take it back to the pharmacy when empty. You can also recycle your blister packs at some Superdrug stores in Cornwall.
  • If you have asthma the Practice Nurse will advise you if you are suited to a dry powder inhaler. These are great for us, and for our environment – they’re becoming more and more used these days, ask us  and we can chat! If we decide together you should continue to use the Metered Dose Inhaler, it’s a great idea to use it with a spacer, and then you can recycle it at the pharmacy when it’s empty.


  • We know some people are taking more tablets and medicine than they need. It’s better for you and the planet if we sort that out! Our practice pharmacist can chat with you to see if there are medicines you’re taking you don’t need any more, or aren’t helping you. We can come up with more fun and interesting ways to stay well, and manage anxiety and other conditions, like finding groups in the community you want to connect with, activities you want to join and ways of looking at what you’re eating. Just ask you GP or nurse about this next time you see them … we can help! Or check out our social prescribing section on the Watergate PCN website (INSERT LINK)



Moving around!

  • We have cycle racks at the Practice! You can walk or cycle here – and if you get thirsty and need a drink of water when you get here, we can absolutely help with that. You might even have your own refillable bottle!
  • Check out the local bus routes. You can find out more at the Library, or online here:
  • Train is easier than driving, and if you do fly regularly, cutting that down has the most fantastic carbon benefit! You can find more about national and international train travel adventures here:


Paper, paper, everywhere!

  • We only use leaflets when useful. Keep your eye on the screens in the waiting area – we share our best ideas there!
  • Have a browse on our website for great ideas – and do send us more! Maybe you would like to join our Patient Participation Group?
  • We’re trying to encourage people to use online forms – but if you can’t, don’t worry, we will offer a paper version if you need that.


Making sure we’re all well

  • We’ll go the extra mile to help you stay well, including working with Healthy Cornwall and making sure our social prescribers help you find the route to wellbeing that’s spot on for you
  • Have you tried ParkRun? We do it! You can join in every Saturday morning at 9am in various locations around Cornwall. You can find out where here. It’s a chance to get fitter, enjoy the outdoors and meet new people – or just volunteer!
  • Volunteer! Just contact VolunteerCornwall and they can help you find something you love to do!
  • Have you had a go at a beach clean? They’re fantastic for planet, and for meeting people -  find out more at Beach Guardian and Surfers Against Sewage.
  •  We’re helping people find out more about plastic free menstrual products: saves money, and waste!. You can find out more at City to SeaMooncup and Earth Wise Girls – and just ask us during your appointment if you want to have a chat.

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