The Ellwyn Medical Practice

The Health Centre, Currie Road, Galashiels TD1 2UA
Tel: 01896 661355 Fax: 01896 661357

Health Information

NHS.UK has information on a variety of health matters. We have listed some commonly asked subjects but more can be found on their website.

Planning a pregnancy

If you are planning a pregnancy further information is available at:


For information on Chickenpox:


Further information on the Menopause is available at:

Vitamin D

Stay healthy this winter. Take 10 micrograms of Vitamin D daily.
Did you know that in the winter months (October – March), we are unable to get enough Vitamin D from sunlight? It is also really difficult to get enough vitamin D from food. Food Standards Scotland recommends taking a 10 microgram vitamin D supplement daily throughout the winter months.

Why is this important?
Vitamin D helps improve bone and muscle health. Some groups are at a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency and are recommended to take a supplement year round.

These include:
pregnant and breastfeeding women
infants and children under 5 years old
people who have low or no exposure to the sun, for example those who cover their skin for cultural reasons, are housebound, confined indoors for long periods or live in an institution people from minority ethnic groups with dark skin such as those of African, African-Caribbean and south Asian origin, who require more sun exposure to make as much vitamin D

Support and guidance

Visit the Food Standards Scotland website for more information about the importance of vitamin D

For further information regarding Vitamin D visit:

Back Pain

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