Chair's Column​

Our CCG chair, Dr Jonty Heaversedge, writes a regular health column in the local newspaper, Southwark News

In his column, Jonty offers advice on a wide range of health matters; from ensuring residents get any symptoms checked out early by a health professional, to signposting people to the most appropriate local health services. 

He also keeps readers up-to-date with the work of NHS Southwark CCG and our health and care partners across Southwark and south east London.

You can read Jonty's latest columns below. 

 Latest articles

Why I Love My NHS

At this time of year, around Valentine's Day, you start to see people tweeting using the #loveMyNHS hashtag

Dr Know – Happy New Year

This is usually the time of year at lot of us start thinking about our health, whether that be New Year's resolutions to lose weight, exercise more or stop smoking

Dr Know – keeping well over Christmas

Many of us are preparing for Christmas – making lists, going shopping and organising festivities

Get well without antibiotics

The cold weather brings common illnesses like coughs, colds, tummy bugs and ear infections

Quit smoking for good this Stoptober with the right support

Whether you've tried to quit before or are trying for the first time, you're more likely to give up smoking with the right support.

Potentially life-saving HPV vaccine available to girls and boys in Southwark

Extending the vaccine to boys builds on the success of the girls’ programme and could prevent over 100,000 cancer cases.

Let's talk weather – useful tips for coping with the heat

Many of us welcome periods of warm summer sunshine, but when temperatures do start to soar – as they’ve done recently – it’s important to be prepared so that hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know.

It’s never too late to have your MMR vaccine – make sure you’re up to date

With measles and mumps circulating, it is crucial to make sure you and your family are up to date with your MMR vaccine. It's never too late to do so!

Harnessing the power of digital technology in the NHS

Digital technology in the NHS: we want tech innovation to complement the personal care that patients want and value.

Looking in the mirror - body image and mental health

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, Jonty focuses on body image and how overwhelming pressure to look 'perfect' can sometimes lead to more serious health and wellbeing issues.

Prevention is better than cure - reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes

In his latest Southwark News column, Jonty puts Type 2 diabetes in the spotlight; explaining that the condition can be prevented altogether with small lifestyle changes and support from your local NHS.

Cervical screening saves lives – don’t skip your smear test!

In her guest column, Dr Zoe Williams urges women and people with a cervix to attend their smear test when invited. She also outlines ways to reduce any anxiety, fear or embarrassment and make the test more comfortable.

​Kooth – a new online counselling service for young people

Jonty introduces readers to Kooth - a free online counselling service for young people, which offers users a whole range of tools to help and support them with mental health and wellbeing concerns.

Join #SmearForSmear and help prevent cervical cancer

Jonty urges local people to take part in the #SmearForSmear campaign to raise awareness of and help prevent cervical cancer. He and the CCG team lead by example - donning the lipstick themselves!