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SELF CARE - Look After Yourself

Self Care Forum


Self Care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long term health problem such as asthma or diabetes. 
Further information can be found on the Self Care Patient Portal. Please click below: 

SELF CARE FORUM PATIENT PORTAL

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 will talk to you about what you do to maintain and improve your health. 

Self Care for Healthy Living     

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. To find out more on how you can improve your health and wellbeing, click on the links below: 

I Want To Lose Weight

I Want To Stop Smoking

I want To Get Fit

I Want To Drink Less Alcohol   

Self Care For Common Conditions    

Did you know that 1 in 5 GP visits are for common conditions, such as backache, headache or coughs? 

For most people, these are not serious health problems - you just want to know how long you are 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. 

The Self Care Forum has produced Factsheets to help you take care of the most common ailments. These provide useful facts about your condition, what you can expect to happen, how to help yourself, when you should see your GP and where to find out more information. Research shows that people using these Factsheets felt more able to manage their common conditions. Please click on the link for the Factsheet you need. 

LOW BACK PAIN

ECZEMA

HEARTBURN & INDIGESTION

EAR INFECTION

CONSTIPATION

HEADACHE/MIGRAINE

COUGHS

SORE THROAT

SPRAINS/STRAINS

SINUSITIS

COMMON COLD

ACNE

HOW TO KEEP COOL DURING A HEATWAVE

For information on other common conditions, visit the PATIENT UK website. If you need more advice or 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. 

Self Care for Long Term Conditions    

Research also 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. To read about help available for long-term conditions please CLICK HERE



 
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