Self-Care at Home
We all have small accidents at home and suffer from seasonal ailments such as coughs and colds. Most of the time we can patch ourselves up and care for ourselves with the help of a first aid kit and a well stocked medicine cabinet containing over the counter remedies. Don’t forget keep your medicine cabinet out of the reach of children.
Your medicine cabinet should contain pain relief, antihistamines, oral re-hydration tablets and indigestion treatment. Always follow the directions on medicine packets and information leaflets and never exceed the stated dose. If you have any questions about medicines you would like to buy, ask your local pharmacist.
Your First Aid Kit should contain bandages, plasters, a thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape and tweezers.
Ask Your Pharmacist
From sprains to stomach upsets; your local pharmacist is qualified to give expert advice without an appointment for many conditions. Very often your pharmacist can offer advice that will save you a trip to the GP.
Contact NHS 111
For confidential health advice and information 24 hours a day 365 days a year, contact NHS 111 Service on 111
If You Need Medication
Please always ensure that you have requested your repeat medication in plenty of time from the surgery. Please bear in mind that any request that is too early (over 7-10 days from running out) is likely to be rejected.
We have access to two useful video libraries. The libraries contain easy to follow videos that explain how to treat common medical conditions at home, information about common medical procedures, tips on how to maintain physical health and much more.
Online and Local Resources
Below are links to national websites with up to date and reliable information on specific medical condition.
Resources that are more suited to the local area include-
- Well Aware www.wellaware.org.uk 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- www.healthtalkonline.org
- 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
The Royal College of physicians have recommended Our Health Resource as an effective way to look after your health from home. You can find out more by clicking the link here.
Wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. Even though happiness is an integral part of your personal wellness, it includes other things such as the fulfilment of long-term goals, your sense of purpose and how in control you feel in life.
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):
- Connect- with other people- family, local community. Social isolation is a major contributor to ill health
- Keep Learning- throughout life, new things and ways of doing things- a hobby, a course or an interesting book
- Be Active- find something which you enjoy and which fits with your mobility and fitness level
- Take Notice- look at, and appreciate, what is around you
- 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 listed three ways below that you can access some wellbeing support:
Local Wellbeing Leaflet
You can download a useful leaflet with tips on how to maintain good mental wellbeing by clicking on the link here- https://bnssgccg.nhs.uk/library/mental-wellbeing-leaflet/
Headspace AppLearn how to apply mindfulness to your everyday life in just minutes a day. Click on the following link to find out more- https://www.headspace.com/
Calm AppDevelop a daily meditation practice. Discover daily meditations, meditation series on stress & anxiety, and more! You can download the app by clicking on the link here- https://www.calm.com/