Looking After Yourself

We know that you are keen to prevent yourself from being ill if you can and we would like to support you in this endeavour by providing some useful information on our website that can help you make positive changes.

There are a number of self care factsheets that you are able to access HERE. These factsheets are for common ailments and provide you with information around:

  • Useful facts
  • What patients can expect to happen (the natural history)
  • What people can do to help themselves – now and in the future
  • When to seek medical help (the ‘red flags’)
  • Where to find out more

Preventing Illness

It is very difficult to avoid some infectious illnesses, such as the common cold. However, we can take steps ourselves to project against illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease by changing our lifestyles, eating healthily and giving up smoking or alcohol.

Making sure you keep up to date with immunisations can help prevent serious illnesses, such as Seasonal flu vaccination (please speak to reception to check eligibility), Whooping cough (Pertussis) for pregnant women over 20 weeks, Shingles (please speak to reception to check eligibility), MenACWY (for 18-25 year olds) and Tetanus.  If you are unsure if you had a complete course of vaccinations as a child, e.g. MMR, please book an appointment with our treatment room and the nurse can check your records and/or immunity.

Healthy Eating

Obesity is now considered to cause as much premature death and preventable illness in the UK as smoking. If you are overweight and you would like to make some positive changes to your eating patterns, you can find information to help you do this here.

Exercise

Exercise is crucial for good health. It can prevent us from becoming overweight and also protect us from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and thinning bones (osteoporosis) as well as relieving the symptoms of stress and depression. We understand that it can be difficult to fit exercise into busy lifestyles and, if you are not feeling positive, it can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise. The British Heart Foundation recommends aiming to walk 10,000 steps each day and you can access details about this campaign here.

For more information about recommended physical activity guidelines for different groups of people see the below links:

Physical activity for early years (birth to 5 years)
Physical activity for children and young people (5-18 years)
Physical activity for adults and older adults
Physical activity for disabled adults
Physical activity for pregnant women
Physical activity after childbirth

Smoking

Smoking is the leading cause of death in the United Kingdom. Nicotine is addictive, so it can be very difficult to stop smoking once you have started. The practice can offer you one to one support with a trained Smoking Cessation Adviser. You can make an appointment via reception. This service is available on the NHS and we can provide advice as well as prescriptions for nicotine-replacement treatments to help you quit smoking. Further information is available here.

Alcohol

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but we recognise it can be a hard one. You may need help if you always feel the need to have a drink, you get into trouble because of your drinking or other people warn you about how much you are drinking. If you are concerned about your drinking, please make an appointment with a GP to discuss it. Our GPs will support you, letting you know what services are available to help. Further information is available here.

For more information on healthy living and looking after yourself then further information is available here.