“The 12-18th November is ‘Self Care week’. As a practice one of our aims is ‘To provide high quality health care while encouraging patients to take responsibility for their own health and illness.’ Clearly with the demands currently facing the NHS it is really important for patients to be able to help themselves when appropriate. We have listed below a number of resources which we feel may help you to do this more effectively.”
Dr Nick Woodward, Senior Partner, St Augustine’s Medical Practice.
On our practice website there is very useful information in the “Treatment room” section. The list of conditions is updated to reflect the most common conditions affecting patients at the time eg hayfever in spring/summer and coughs/colds in the winter ( www.st-augustinessurgery.co.uk/digitalpractice/treatment-room). There is also a great array of further information in the Wellbeing Section relating to range of different problems patient and their relatives face (www.st-augustinessurgery.co.uk/digitalpractice/wellbeing-centre)
For Acute illnesses
What to have in your medication cabinet and why: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy
For parents with children
Very good app available to smart phones called “HandiApp” which gives advice on common childhood conditions.
Also a very good Wessex website: www.what0-18.nhs.uk
Explains common childhood illnesses including:
High Temperature/Fever, Breathing difficulties and wheeze, Cough and Cold, Sore Throat, Earache, Diarrhoea and Vomiting, Tummy ache, Rashes in babies and children and Common infections.
For those that have young babies
There is an app called ‘Baby buddy’. This gives advice for parents with new babies- what is normal and what is not.
Very good website called the self care forum
Good fact sheets on:
- Common cold
- Headache and migraine
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Low Back Pain
- Otitis media
- Sore throat
- Sprains and strains
- Urine symptoms in men
For patients that have difficulty swallowing tablets
There are helpful hints at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/swallowing-pills