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Self Help

We are a self-care aware practice

What is self-care?

Self-care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. Some of the things we do we take for granted or are not aware of it; examples can be brushing your teeth, personal hygiene, 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. When you come in with your health issues, we will actively involve you in the management.

Did you know?

  • The NHS belongs to all of us – help us to keep it working smoothly by turning up for appointments; if you are unable to make it for an appointment, please call up reception and inform them as soon as you know you are not going to need it - this gives another one of our patients a chance to be seen
  • Every time you see a GP it costs the NHS £36, on average for a 9.22 minute consultation (PSSRU figures 2015-16)
  • A visit to Accident and Emergency costs £114 (from published reference cost figures released by Department of Health for 2012-13)
  • Nearly half of people with long term conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes do not take their medicines as prescribed. 

Find out more about self-care for healthy living

NHS Choices provides lots of useful information on how you can improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the links to find out more.

I want to lose weight

I want to stop smoking

I want to drink less alcohol

Self-care for common conditions

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 problems – you may be wanting to know how to best to relieve it, or which treatments are effective. You might also be wanting to know how long you’re going to suffer for or what changes in symptoms to look out for.

The positive 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.

Find out more about self-care for common conditions

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 people using these Factsheets felt more able to manage their common condition.

Click on the link for the Factsheet you need:

For information on other common conditions, visit the NHS Choices or Patient.info websites.

For self-care advice on children, please visit Healthier Together and look under their section "Is your child unwell?"

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.

Self Help

Are you looking to quit smoking, loose some weight or just generally want to look at your health?  You may find the following websites a great place to start. 

Smoking: https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree or call them on 0300 123 1044 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm

  • The website offers telephone help line, web chat, email, and app options.
  • Southampton City Council Health & Social Care website - Stopping Smoking 

Weight loss: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/start-the-nhs-weight-loss-plan/

  • Includes a 12-week self-led online, weight-loss programme

Alcohol: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/drink-less/

  • Helpful tips on how you can improve your health by making changes to your drinking

Physical activity: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-active-your-way/

NHS Health Checks: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/

  • This is a mid-life MOT for 40-74 year olds, once every 5 years.  Your GP practice can review your cholesterol, blood pressure and lifestyle to see if you might be at greater risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or dementia in the future.

One You: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/

  • The website is aimed at adults 40+ but can be used by others to get information and do self-checks that help you move more, eat more healthily and assess your mental health. The One You website includes links to many of the sites above, as well as apps and self-assessments.


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