Cricket Green Medical Practice

75-79 Miles Road, Mitcham


Clinical Commissioning Group

Your Health

It’s easy to take your health for granted.

By following a healthy lifestyle you can reduce the risk of getting seriously ill. You will feel better and it will help improve your immune system.


Beer CansIn small quantities, alcohol can actually be beneficial to health. In large quantities, on a regular basis, it can have a very serious negative effect on health. At one extreme it can kill. Cirrhosis of the liver, for instance, is killing an increasing number of people, as are drivers who are over the limit.

  • An accepted safe limit is 28 units a week for men and 21 units for women, a unit being approximately a glass of wine, half a pint of beer or a single measure of spirit
  • This recommended maximum presumes that the consumption is spread throughout the week and not consumed all at once in a binge.


  • Over 100,000 people die each year in the uk from smoking-related diseases
  • Every cigarette you smoke can shorten your life by an average of five and a half minutes
  • Babies of smokers are, on average, 200 grammes smaller than those of non smokers
  • Smokers smell!

How to give up Smoking

Stopping smoking is all about motivation. Without the real desire to give up you are unable to succeed. You must want to give up rather than feel you should give up.

  • Set a date a week or so in the future when you intend to stop
  • Tell all your friends, relations and work colleagues that you’re giving up on that day and ask for their support and encouragement. If at all possible, find someone to give up with you
  • When the big day comes, plan it carefully with plenty to keep you occupied. Avoid situations where the desire to smoke will be strongest such as whilst drinking
  • Finally, carefully put the money you would have spent on cigarettes on one side, each day, to save up for some special treat as a reward

If you’ve tried everything and failed but are still keen to give up, seek help from your doctor.


If your diet is lacking, your body has ways of letting you know, for example, you may be overweight or underweight or you may have a spotty complexion or constipation. Ultimately, a bad diet can lead to serious problems such as heart disease.

  • A good diet helps fight off disease and makes you look and feel good






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The Expert Patients Programme is a free, self-management course that supports people living with, or caring for someone with, one or more long-term health conditions. Common long-term conditions include: diabetes, back pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, asthma, arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The course offers a tool-kit of techniques to enable you to manage your condition better on a daily basis, by increasing your confidence and quality of life. Each course consists of 12 to 16 people, led by tutors who have long-term conditions

By attending a course you will:

  • learn new skills to manage your health condition
  • develop confidence in the daily management of your condition
  • meet others and share similar experiences
  • develop effective relationships with healthcare professionals.

People who have taken part have reported that it has helped them to:

  • feel confident and more in control of their life
  • manage their condition and treatment together with healthcare professionals
  • be realistic about the impact of their condition on themselves and their family
  • use their new skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life.

Who can take part?

Anyone living with (or caring for someone with) one or more long-term health conditions can attend a course. To attend a course you must either live, work or be registered with a GP in Merton.

What is expected of me?

We ask you to commit to:

  • attend one session a week, for six weeks (each session lasts two and a half hours)
  • travel to sessions within Merton.

​Want to know more?

You can contact us if you have any queries or would like to register for a course.

Please call ​020 3880 0267


Merton Uplift – mental health and wellbeing services

Merton Uplift is a FREE service supporting anyone who has a mental health or wellbeing need, whether this is due to emotional difficulties such as anxiety or depression, or life stressors.

If you think we can be of help and are interested in finding out more about or service please call us on 020 3513 5888 or visit our website

You do not need to be referred by your GP or any other professional. Just get in touch with us and we can talk through whether our service is for you. We aim to support people with Wellbeing in many ways so no problem is considered to be too small.

You can complete a self-registration form on our website.

About the service

Merton Uplift launched on 1st April and is a partnership between NHS and local voluntary sector organisations.  It is.accessible to anyone 18 years and over living in the borough of Merton or registered with a Merton GP.

Based on empowerment and building resilience within the community, Merton Uplift is designed to support your health and wellbeing in a number of ways:

  • Wellbeing support
  • Talking therapies
  • Primary care recovery service

You can find more details about each of these support services below.

Wellbeing Support

The Wellbeing service aims to support you to get the most out of life. Our Wellbeing support is provided through a partnership between Focus 4, One Merton, and Wimbledon Guild which means we can reach and engage with a variety of people across the diverse population of Merton.

Our team of Wellbeing experts have a wide range of experience of engaging with young people, older people, Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, carers, people in work, and job seekers.

They work across Merton in community locations as close as possible to your local area. They develop bespoke support for individuals or groups. They will also support you to find and access local activities and community groups which matter to you.

This can include:

  • Accessing activities that help to keep you both physically and emotionally well
  • Developing your confidence to do the things you wish to do
  • Learning to relax and cope with the stresses in your life
  • Achieving healthier lifestyles such as eating or sleeping well

Talking Therapies (IAPT – Improving access to Psychological Therapies)

Talking Therapies are available in line with the national IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) model. We offer a primary care psychological therapy service for people who experience emotional difficulties such as low mood and anxiety. We offer evidence- based psychological therapies, including:

  • Guided self-help
  • Psycho-educational courses and one-day workshops
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Online therapy options, such as SilverCloud and IESO
  • Psychodynamic Counselling

Primary Care Recovery service

Merton Uplift will work with people who have a long standing but stable mental health conditions who may require some short-term support to improve their quality of daily living, or reduce social isolation. We will also offer additional support with changing or reviewing psychiatric medication and support GPs with physical health needs.

A dedicated team consisting of nurses, recovery support workers, senior psychologists /psychotherapists, and led by a consultant psychiatrist will work together to ensure that people with long-standing and complex mental health conditions receive greater support with an emphasis on reducing symptoms and suffering and supporting clients to make changes in order to improve their ability to function and live more meaningful and fulfilling lives without having to be referred to a community mental health team.

The Primary Care Recovery service offers support for people with a stable mental health condition such as Psychosis, Bipolar Affective disorder and complex Anxiety or Depression.

Other ways we can help

Our therapies, both group and individual, are provided either at Cricket Green Medical Practice or in GP surgeries and other community venues across the borough. We also offer individual therapy by audio-visual link (like Skype), as well as other online based interventions, such as IESO and SilverCloud.

Merton Uplift can suggest a range of options to help you to access support, including:

  • Telephone, face-to-face and online support
  • Group sessions in locations across Merton
  • Interpretation facilities
  • Self-help resources

How to get in touch

If you think we can be of help and are interested in finding out more about or service please call us on 020 3513 5888 or visit our website

You do not need to be referred by your GP or any other professional.

Just get in touch with us and we can talk through whether our service is for you. We aim to support people with Wellbeing in many ways so no problem is considered to be too small. You can complete a self-registration form on our website.