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Beware risk of carbon monoxide poisoning this summer

Carbon monoxide (CO) can be a hidden killer during the summer months, and with many of us heading away on camping, caravanning or boating holidays, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging holidaymakers to be aware of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning ...

Local communities encouraged to apply for PHA small grants

Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for small grants which can be used to improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of local communities. Funding is being provided by the Public Health Agency (PHA) for a small grants scheme to ad ...

Public health Â'revolutionÂ' at heart of NHS success at 70

As the National Health Service marks its 70th birthday, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is celebrating the dramatic improvement in the health of our population over the past seven decades, from an era where polio and TB blighted society to one where we enj ...

Report aims to empower communities and improve lives

Working closely with local communities to tackle health inequalities and help everyone live healthier lives is the central theme of a report published today as part of the work progressing under the Health and Social Care Transformation Programme.  Public ...

Alcohol Â- its impact on you: Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

During Alcohol Awareness Week (18-24 June) the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Northern IrelandÂ's Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (NIDACTs) are highlighting the impact alcohol can have on people who drink too much and those around them. The week ...

Precautionary recall of patients at two GP practices for cervical screening

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) have been made aware of possible shortcomings in the technique used to take cervical screening tests (commonly referred to as cervical smears) at two GP practices. This issue affects a ...

World Cup 2018 Â- get active and snack healthy

With less than a week to go to the start of the World Cup in Russia, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to use the competition as inspiration to kick off some healthy habits. Mary Black, Assistant Director for Health and Social Wellbeing ...

SchoolÂ's out for summer Â- time to talk about alcohol and drugs

With thousands of young people finishing school for the summer, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the risks associated with drinking alcohol and taking drugs. The PHAÂ's Drugs and Alcohol lead Micha ...

World No Tobacco Day- Free pharmacy services at the heart of stop smoking support

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging smokers to think about making use of the tailored, free, one-to-one support that community pharmacies can offer to help them stop smoking. The call comes on World No Tobacco Day as the agency highlights over 600 PH ...

PHA helps celebrate Â'I Am ResearchÂ'

Each year the HSC R&D Division of the Public Health Agency, along with Health and Social Care (HSC) partners, celebrates the Â'I Am ResearchÂ' campaign to mark International Clinical Trials Day. This year the national campaign on 25 May is r ...

PHA promotes Take 5 steps to wellbeing in local council areas

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has hosted an event to promote good emotional health and wellbeing amongst the residents in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council areas. The community planning event held in the ...

A-Level students urged to add MenACWY vaccine to the checklist ahead of university

With exam season in full swing, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging everyone currently doing A-Levels to think next about getting the meningococcal ACWY vaccine ahead of starting university in September. Public Health Agency With exam season in full ...

Sun Awareness Week Â- be UV aware

During Sun Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2018) the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are reminding people to be ultraviolet (UV) radiation aware and take appropriate care in the sun according to the UV level. To help with this th ...

Focus on rural mental health support at Balmoral Show

Living in the countryside brings many benefits but the particular challenges faced by rural communities can often have an impact on their emotional health and wellbeing, whether itÂ's as the result of rural isolation or the stresses of farming life. ...

Spotlight on stress for Mental Health Awareness Week

The coming week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using it as an opportunity to raise awareness about stress and the steps we can take to tackle it. Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 14-21 May and this year shines ...

Clean your hands while on days out with the family

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the need to clean your hands thoroughly and regularly on days out with the family. The call comes on the World Health OrganizationÂ's World Hand Hygiene Day [5 May], which this year highlights h ...

Libraries join Breastfeeding Welcome Here

All of Northern IrelandÂ's 96 public libraries are joining the Public Health AgencyÂ's (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme. The new members will take the number of businesses, council facilities and popular tourist attractions signed up to t ...

Public Health Agency statement on breast screening programme

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is aware of issues identified with the breast screening programme in England.We have taken this opportunity to review the systems and processes, through which women are invited for screening in Northern Ireland, to ensure th ...

Vaccines: still the first line of defence against killer diseases

Vaccines are a part of everyday life during childhood, and help our kids stay well, but itÂ's easy to forget the devastating impact that many illnesses used to have.This World Immunisation Week, Dr Lucy Jessop from the Public Health Agency highlights ...

Set yourself a challenge this Walking Month

May is Walking Month and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is setting everyone a challenge to count their steps and then try to do a bit more. There are many health benefits of walking and adding a brisk pace to your step can help you feel good, reduce anxie ...