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Self Help for Medical Problems

Welcome to the section of the practice website which can point you in the right direction to inform and support your health.

Below are links to national websites with up to date and reliable information on specific topics. In addition, we would recommend

  • For more local resources, Well Aware website has information on all sorts of local services which can help you. You can also ring them on a free phone number 0808 808 5252.
  • It can be really helpful to read about the experiences of other people suffering from the same illness. There is a reliable website called Health Talk On Line where you can do this
  • Another useful website looks behind the newspaper headlines to present the background to current health stories
  • Linkage is an organization for over 55 year olds, running a number of activities with young people. Tel 0117 3533042
  •  Bristol Health Trainers can ....
    •  encourage and support adults to choose a healthier lifestyle
    •  including gym referral on prescription, quitting smoking, weight loss vouchers, healthy eating
    •  help people access local services

Zoe Stanbrook is a health trainer based at The Greenway Centre in Southmead. Email: Mobile: 0778 599 8926

Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Government Office for Science commissioned the New Economics foundation to review ways that people can improve their mental health and wellbeing. They came up with 5 (CLANG may help you remember them):

  1. Connect- with other people- family, local community. Social isolation is a major contributor to ill health
  2. Keep Learning- throughout life, new things and ways of doing things- a hobby, a course or an interesting book
  3. Be Active- find something which you enjoy and which fits with your mobility and fitness level
  4. Take Notice- look at, and appreciate, what is around you
  5. Give-  this can be time, energy, money- looking out for how you can do someone a good turn takes you away from your own problems

We have a large collection of self help leaflets for an assortment of conditions – please ask at reception.

Books on Prescription

We have teamed up with the Henbury and Southmead libraries to provide self-help books on a wide range of problems; ask your doctor or nurse for details.  You don’t have to be a library member already to be eligible.

Useful Links

This is a list of the top 10 ailments that can be safely self managed. We have listed 4 websites that can give you more information about how to manage each condition - NHS Choices, Map of Medicine, NHS Direct and

Back painNHS Choices
NHS Direct
DermatitisNHS Choices
Heartburn and IndigestionNHS Choices
NHS Direct (in males)
NHS Direct (in females)
Nasal congestionNHS Choices
ConstipationNHS Choices (in children) (in adults)
MigraineNHS Choices
CoughNHS Choices
NHS Direct (in children) (caused by virus)
AcneNHS Choices
Sprains and strainsNHS Choices
HeadacheNHS Choices
NHS Direct

Common ailments that can be self managed in alphabetical order:

Athlete's footNHS
Back painNHS
Cold soresNHS
Common ColdNHS
Cradle capNHS
Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)NHS
GingivitisNHS Choices 
Head liceNHS
Heartburn & IndigestionNHS
Infantile colicNHS
Insect bitesNHS
Mouth ulcersNHS
Muscular painNHS Choices 
Nail infectionNHS
Nappy rashNHS
Nasal congestionNHS
Oral thrushNHS
Sore throatNHS
Sprains and strainsNHS
TeethingNHS Choices 
Travel sicknessNHS
Warts and VerrucasNHS

Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website