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Chinese National Healthy Living Centre

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We aim to promote healthy living and to facilitate access to health services for the Chinese community in the UK. The Centre takes a holistic approach tackling both the physical and psychological aspects of health. We were founded in 1987 to reduce health inequality in the Chinese community, and to offer a positive and holistic approach to healthy living.

The Chinese community is widely dispersed across the country and makes the lowest use of health services of all ethnic minority groups. Language difficulties and long working hours in the catering trade present major obstacles to many Chinese people in accessing mainstream health provision. Language and cultural barriers can result in their being given inappropriate health care.

The Chinese National Healthy Living Centre helps members of the Chinese community to:

- find their way around the National Health Service and receive the treatment they need
- get counselling, information and advice for themselves and for family and friends who are unwell
- enjoy healthier lives through receiving practical encouragement and lifestyle information

From our head office, close to London’s Chinatown, and nationally through our outreach programme, CNHLC provides a range of health and well-being services designed to meet the needs of the UK’s Chinese community.

Our services include:

Surgery and Clinics
Chinese-language surgery, traditional Chinese medicine clinic and hepatitis B screening clinic

Counselling services in Mandarin and Cantonese and counselling for people affected by gambling

Fitness Programme
Tai Chi and walking exercise to improve health, posture and strength

Support for Carers and Disabled People
Advocacy, advice and stress relief for carers, and support for disabled Chinese people and their families

Health Promotion
Outreach, health events,health information and stop-smoking support for the Chinese community in the UK

Helpline and Advice
Interpretation services and health helpline, in English and Chinese community languages

Internet Cafe
Computers with Chinese software are available for members to use in our Centre

Current projects include Pan London Chinese Dementia and Alzheimer's Awareness and Support, HEALTHWORKS, and an Expert Patients Programme.

(Entrance on Frith Street via the NHS Walk-in Centre), 29-30 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QS
(020) 7534 6546
Opening times:
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4pm (Closed on Saturday)
English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Most services are for free, except Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic and Tai Chi classes. Please see website or contact for these details.
7,10, 14, 19, 23, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 98, 176, 390
Tottenham Court Road (Northern Line & Central Line) and Leicester Square (Northern Line & Piccadilly Line)

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