As part of a national campaign, local GPs are encouraging people to make improvements in their lives to protect their health and wellbeing, now and in the future.
Dr Nicholas Woodward, senior partner at St Augustine’s Medical Practice, said: “As Keynsham’s Primary Care Network, made up of the three GP surgeries in Keynsham, we would like to highlight an event running all over the country called Self Care Week.
“This runs from 18th to the 24th November. General Practice is under incredible and increasing strain at present and this will only intensify with the upcoming winter period.
“Our aim as practices is to provide high quality healthcare whilst encouraging and facilitating patients to take responsibility for their own health and illness. We would therefore like to highlight some really useful resources which may enable you to do this better and also give you more confidence in managing conditions which may often not require a visit to the practice.”
Please firstly consider seeing your pharmacist at your local chemist
Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concerns.
Pharmacists can offer advice on illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don’t need an appointment to see them and many have private consultation areas. Your pharmacist will tell you if you need further medical attention.
NHS UK website and App
There is an A-Z list of conditions with very useful information to help you to manage your health on the following website: www.nhs.uk/conditions
There is also an NHS app www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/ which allows patients to check symptoms and directs them to the most appropriate sources of advice. Through this App you can also book and cancel appointments, check results and order prescriptions.
For Acute illnesses
What to have in your medication cabinet and why: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourmedicinecabinet.aspx
For parents with children
There is an app available to smart phones called the HANDi App which gives advice on common childhood conditions. Also www.what0-18.nhs.uk explains common childhood illnesses including:
- High Temperature/Fever
- Breathing difficulties
- Cough and Cold
- Sore throat
- Diarrhoea and Vomiting
- Tummy ache
- Rashes in babies and children
- Common infections.
For those who have young babies
An app called Baby buddy gives advice for parents with new babies – what is normal and what is not.
There is information about conditions on the Self Care Forum: www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/
- Common cold
- Headache and migraine
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Low back pain
- Otitis media
- Sore throat
- Sprains and strains
- Urine symptoms in men
There is further advice available here