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NHS
"Stay Well This Winter"
30s
4 November 2015
UK Health Services

Depending on which news outlet you follow, the winter ahead could be a particularly nasty one, so this ad from the NHS wants the population prepared ahead of time. Appropriately friendly healthcare professionals remind us that getting your flu jab, keeping a warm home, and making use of your local pharmacy are all key to helping people of all ages avoid the sniffles or worse.

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NHS
"Stay Well This Winter"
30s
4 Nov 2015
Depending on which news outlet you follow, the winter ahead could be a particularly nasty one, so this ad from the NHS wants the population prepared ahead of time. Appropriately friendly healthcare professionals remind us that getting your flu jab, keeping a warm home, and making use of your local pharmacy are all key to helping people of all ages avoid the sniffles or worse.

NHS
"Heartburn Could Be Cancer"
30s
27 Jan 2015
Everything gives you cancer these days, or is a symptom of it, it seems. This chap has developed heartburn which he gets as regularly as clockwork... but it could be cancer. Suffering with indigestion for three weeks or more? Get thee to a doctor. That's the message here, though what happens when you can't make an appointment for love nor money isn't broached.

NHS
"F.A.S.T. Barber Shop"
40s
26 Mar 2014
This is part of a continuing campaign to draw attention to the symptoms of a stroke so that people understand the importance of acting quickly when someone has been struck by this dreadful malady. It can't be said that the depicted signs are subtle though, and we suspect anyone would realise that something was seriously wrong if someone looked like the protagonist in the barbers shop.

NHS
"Breast Cancer"
30s
3 Feb 2014
Jenny, 72, tells us there are some things - like high heels - that you're not sorry to see the back of after a certain age, but there are others you're never too old for. Like love, or holidays, or chocolate? Oh no, no, no - like breast cancer, of course. Well, that's a comfort. Not only is fashion off the agenda, so is health. Cheers for that, Jenny.

NHS
"Organ Holiday"
40s
7 Feb 2013
An overcomplicated spot advocating the benefits of cutting down on alcohol consumption. We've all been told of the dangers of having a few too many during the week; and those who haven't been swayed thus far aren't going to listen to this rather patronising addition to the existing campaign.

NHS
"Choices"
20s
4 Feb 2013
This simple animated film tries to remind us that we should reserve 999 calls for genuine emergencies. You'd like to think it isn't necessary, but we've all heard the stories about people dialling 999 because they've run out of cat litter or they can't find the remote control.

NHS
"Be Clear On Cancer"
30s
30 Jan 2012
"Blood in your poo?" Then you need to hotfoot it down to your GP surgery and let your doctor know. This is true of course but we're not convinced that it's necessarily embarrassment alone that holds people back in these circumstances... they also might be concerned that it's something serious and this can cause people to avoid a diagnosis. This film does nothing to calm those fears.

NHS
"Cough"
30s
4 Nov 2011
More alarmist cough-related advice from the NHS. Apparently that persistent cough may mean you suffer from lung cancer. It might not be but it might be... so get along to the doctor and find out. What's the worst that could happen? Oh.

NHS
"Roy"
30s
21 Oct 2011
Is this supposed to be reassuring? A persistent cough may be an indication of "lung cancer" but it's "probably nothing to worry about". Talk about mixed messages. It's been attractively filmed but the message is so off-balance, we suspect it will discourage people from getting a cough checked out.

NHS
"Peter Dunlop"
40s
6 Mar 2010
Peter Dunlop encourages us not to judge him as infirm simply because he's suffering from dementia in this striking film for the NHS (the second in the series). These pleas for patience have a lot of work to do if they are to rehabilitate the image of dementia sufferers.

NHS
"Dementia"
40s
1 Mar 2010
The touching film introduces us to Carol Floyd who is suffering from dementia. She asks for our patience and points out that, with a little help, she is still able to do many of the things that she has always enjoyed... the things that make her who she is.

NHS
"Jack"
50s
20 Feb 2010
This is the best in an engaging series of films funded by the NHS which advises us to take better care of ourselves. We are introduced to Jack who was once lean and fit but has now developed a spare tyre. A few sensible lifestyle choices soon fix his problems.

NHS
"True Or False"
30s
5 Feb 2010
A series of health-related pieces of information are disseminated by a group of actors brilliantly impersonating gormless members of the public. It takes a special skill to deliver a performance that makes it look as though you are reading from an idiot board under duress.

NHS
"Snack Swapper"
40s
20 Oct 2009
Another initiative designed to promote healthy living being funded by the NHS. A plasticine Mum and her young child decide to use something called the 'snack swapper' to avoid unhealthy food in favour of better alternatives.

NHS
"Choose Well"
40s
19 Oct 2009
An informative film designed to remind us of the various options available if we need help from the NHS. Possibly the most worrying aspect of this clarification is that it's deemed necessary to let us know that we should treat a grazed knee ourselves.

NHS
"Let's All Arm"
20s
5 Oct 2009
A teenage girl links arms with others the same age in a show of solidarity against cervical cancer. After the recent ill-founded scare about this vaccine, this is a handily-timed reminder that it's an important development in the fight against a nasty form of cancer.

NHS
"Simpsons Sponsorship"
40s
5 Oct 2009
A series of bumper's advertising the sponsorship of The Simpsons by the NHS's Change For Life campaign. The familiar plasticine figures from a previous advertising campaign sit on a sofa in the style of the cartoon family and eat healthy snacks and exercise.

NHS
"Hand In Hand"
30s
13 Mar 2009
The NHS in the East Midlands has put out this film to remind people of the importance of hand hygiene in the fight against infection. Since an astonishingly high proportion of people don't wash their hands after going to the toilet... good luck with this.

NHS
"Like A Fire In The Brain"
60s
10 Feb 2009
Another alarming film asking us to watch out for the symptoms of a stroke if an acquaintance begins behaving strangely. The point being made here is that the brain will suffer more damage if the condition is left untreated... so act FAST.

NHS
"Act F.A.S.T"
60s
9 Feb 2009
It is genuinely hard to imagine the circumstances in which the symptoms described in this film would not provoke us to seek medical assistance... but, apparently, we might be inclined to think that someone having a stroke is just a bit pissed or something.

NHS
"Chlamydia"
30s
2 Feb 2009


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"Catch It, Bin It, Kill It"
60s
23 Jan 2009


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"TV Chef"
60s
20 Jan 2009


NHS
"Change For Life"
90s
3 Jan 2009
One of the favourite criticisms of modern government is a tendency to 'nanny' the population. This accusation is not going to go away any time soon if the government persists in putting out communications like this animated film warning of childhood obesity.

NHS
"Five A Day"
50s
2 Dec 2008
There's a winning performance from a young actor in this film reminding us of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. Liking the look of a little girl shopping in a market, he adopts the persona of a street trader to get her attention... he then passes on advice on persuading children to eat carrots.

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