Public health updates

The launch of ‘Slough in Motion’

The public health team is pleased to launch the new ‘Slough in Motion’ physical activity referral programme, working in partnership with the council’s Active Slough and Better by teams, along with our leisure provider Everyone Active.

This new programme will allow residents to be referred directly into physical activity by their GP or healthcare professional. The scheme will provide three levels of support to residents.

  1. General information and advice on how to reduce your levels of sedentary behaviour.
  2. Advice and local physical activity programmes with the Active Slough team.
  3. Tailored formal exercise referral with Everyone Active for people with a long term health condition. This includes free Slough Cycle Hire use.

For more information, email 

HPV has been rolled out to year 8 boys

The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school Year 8 for more than 10 years. This helps to protect them from being infected by the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV).

As of September 2019 the vaccine will also be offered to Year 8 boys.

This is because the evidence is clear that the HPV vaccine helps protect both boys and girls from HPV-related cancers.

This virus increases the risk of developing some cancers later in life, such as:

  • cervical cancer
  • some mouth and throat cancers
  • some cancers of the anus and genital areas.

The HPV vaccine does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections. 

In time it is expected the vaccine will save hundreds of lives every year in the UK. A recent Scottish study has already shown a 71% reduction in pre-cancerous cervical disease in young women.

For more information, evidence of the success of the HPV vaccine and myth busting head to the Slough public health website or email

Stoptober: Thinking of quitting smoking this October?

Quitting tobacco can be tough, but it is completely achievable with the right support. Did you know you are four times more likely to quit with the support of your local NHS service?

Quitting tobacco smoke this October (or anytime) can make a drastic improvement to your life and your health. It’s not always easy, but thinking about the reasons to quit is a brilliant way to motivate you.

SmokefreelifeBerkshire is a commissioned stop smoking service operated in Berkshire by Solutions4health. It offers a free NHS stop smoking service to help you quit smoking for good.

Visit the Smokefreelife website and join the thousands of people who have used Smokefreelife support to help them stop smoking.

You can also visit the East Berkshire CCG website or the Slough public health website for more help and advice.

Public health website

Visit the public health website for more useful information.


No comments have been left for this article

Have your say...

Your name will be published alongside your comment but we will not publish your email address.

All comments will be reviewed by a moderator before being published.

Please ensure you complete all fields marked as mandatory.