Self-care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.
As a Self-care Aware Practice we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when it is right for you. So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.
Did you know that one in five GP visits are for common conditions, such as backache, headache or cough?
For most people, they are not serious health problem – you just want to know how to relieve it and you want a treatment that acts fast. You also want to know how long you’re going to suffer or what you should do if your symptoms change.
The good news is that self-care can help you manage most of these problems. It may mean you don’t have to spend time waiting to see your GP but can get on and start tackling your symptoms. Self-care for common conditions can also help free up some of your GP’s time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Click on the link for the Factsheet you need:
For information on other common conditions, visit the NHS Choices or Patient UK websites. If you are not sure about your symptoms, see the NHS Choices symptom checker where you can get advice on what to do next.
If you need more advice or you are unsure what the right thing for you to do is, ask your pharmacist for advice or call the surgery to speak to a doctor or make an appointment to discuss your problem further.
Staying healthy is important for everyone, even if you are living with a long-term condition. This means eating healthily, exercising regularly, quitting smoking and drinking in moderation.
This practice can offer you an appointment with a Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant who can advise and support you with weight management, smoking cessation and alcohol awareness that can help you live a healthy lifestyle.
If you are not sure what changes you can make to help improve your health, the NHS Choices website offers a LifeCheck. Just answer a few simple questions and LifeCheck can give you advice on what changes may help you.
NHS Choices provides lots of useful information on how you can improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the links to find out more.
Did you know that if you are living with a long-term condition, you will spend, on average, six hours a year with a healthcare professional and the remaining 8,754 hours managing your health for yourself?
Living with a long-term condition brings challenges and it’s important to have the confidence, support and information to manage your health. Self-care can help you make the most of living with your condition, rather than avoiding or missing out on things because of it. Self-care puts you in control.
Research shows that people with long-term conditions who take more control of their health feel more able to cope with their health problem, have better pain management, fewer flare ups and more energy.
We are committed to helping you live your life with a long-term condition. That’s why we run services where you can get advice on the following conditions:
Taking your medicines regularly is an important part of keeping yourself well. Many people have problems taking medicines such as remembering to take it at the right time and side effects. Speak to your pharmacist or practice nurse and they will be able to help you. We will also work in partnership with you to create the right care plan for your needs. It’s important to think about what you want from a care plan – it can help if you know what you want to discuss with your GP. NHS Choices suggests some questions you could ask:
NHS Choices has created some practical tips on living with a long-term condition. Download a leaflet that explains these in more detail.
There is a range of free courses aimed at helping people who are living with a long-term condition to manage their condition better on a daily basis:
These courses usually run over several sessions and will provide advice and tools to put you in control of your condition. Ask your GP or the receptionist for details of courses in this area or visit NHS Choices.
The following websites provide good information that can help you understand more about the common condition or long-term health problem that affects you: