SELF HELP ADVICE AND TOOLS

You can access and refer yourself directly to these services - with no need to wait for a GP appointment first!

For 24 hours General Medical Advice telephone 111 or visit the NHS111 website

Visit the NHS library to browse through a huge range of Apps to help you monitor and improve control of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, as well as various tools to assist you in overcoming mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, difficulty sleeping etc. (Please note that these Apps are run by separate organisations and we cannot take responsiblity for their content or any decisions you make as a consequence of their use. Some of the Apps may apply charges to download or use them).  

Healthier together provides advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, it's an excellent resource and good first stop if you are looking for sensible advice about common health concerns in children.

One community an organisation with information on services and support for people who want to continue to live independently the local area. 

Mental Health Services

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are an NHS service that aims to help young people up to the age of 18 who are finding it hard to manage their emotional and psychological health, and who are suffering with acute, chronic and severe mental health problems. The website contains useful information, advice and resources for support and also allows young people or their families to directly make referrals to the service themselves - with no need wait for a GP appointment first.

ITALK is an NHS commisioned service offering adults free evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD and phobias - you don't need a diagnosis to self-refer. The service allows access to online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), wellbeing classes (currently as videos during the COVID crisis) and one to one cognitive behavioural therapy.

See the NHS site Every Mind Matters for tips and advice on maintaining and managing your mental health.

Sexual Health

Visit Lets Talk About It for information on how to confidentially access testing and treatment of the full range of sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia, HIV, herpes, gonorrhoea and genital warts as well as access to additional contraception services. 

Drugs and alcohol services

Inclusion recovery Hampshire offers a free and confidential service to give support and advice both to people that want help controlling their own drug or alcohol use and to people who are affected by someone else's use. 

Stop Smoking Services

Smokefree Hampshire offers a range of options to help you to stop smoking, they can also organise prescription medicines (nicotine patches etc) that increase the chance of you successfully giving up smoking for good.

Click any of the images or titles below to visit the relevant website

NHS choices   NHS Health A-Z
 

Advice and Guidance on 100+ most common conditions. This site clearly explains symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, complications and preventative methods.

Information on how the health and social care system works. Sign posting you to the most appropriate service/s. 


NHS Choices apps   NHS Tools, Apps and Podcasts
 

A wide range of NHS approved healthcare apps to help you monitor your conditions or achieve your goals. For example - fitness, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, pregnancy, depression, blood pressure, sexual health, etc.


Patient.co.uk   Patient
 

Advice and Guidance on 100+ most common conditions. This site clearly explains symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, complications and preventative methods.

  • Symptom checker
  • Wellbeing = health, fitness, nutrition, parenting 
  • Medications

Self help connect uk   Self help connect uk
 

National self help forum support groups

 

 


 

Search over 500 Patient Information Leaflets as well as details of 2000+self-help/patient support groups and similar organisations.

 

 

Back Pain

• Back pain causes 13 million working days to be lost in Britain each year.

• Symptoms usually respond to 24 hours rest lying on a firm bed followed by gentle exercise and return to normal activities.

• Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will help to relieve pain and local heat from a hot water bottle may also help.

• Avoid straining your back while exercising and take great care with lifting even when the pain has subsided

• When sitting, an upright chair with support for the small of the back lessens strain on the spine.

• If the pain does not start to improve within a few days, then consult your doctor for advice.

 

Insect Bites and Stings

• Most need no treatment.

• Anti-histamine tablets and/or cream can be obtained from the chemist without prescriptions and will relieve most symptoms.

 

Burns

• Apply large quantities of cold water to the affected area as soon as possible and continue until the pain subsides: but running cold water is the most effective. 

• This may take some time. If the skin is unbroken but blisters, apply a loose dry dressing.

• If the burn is larger than 10cm (4 inches) in diameter or if the skin is broken, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

• Do not use creams such as Germoline or Savlon

 

Chicken Pox

• On the first day a rash appears with small red spots.

• Within a few hours these develop small blisters at the centre.

• Over the next 3 or 4 days further spots will appear and the earlier ones will turn crusty and fall off.

• Calamine lotion will soothe the itching and cool baths may help.

• The most infectious period is 2 or 3 days before the rash appears and until the last crusts have formed dry centres, usually 7-10 days after the onset of the rash.

• Children may return to school as soon as the last crusts have dropped off.

• The incubation period of chicken pox is 14-21 days.

 

Colds and Flu

• These usually start with a runny nose, cough, temperature and muscular aches.

• They are usually caused by viruses for which antibiotics will have no effect.

• Paracetamol helps the temperature and aches whilst decongestants and throat lozenges may also help to relieve symptoms. 

• It is important to drink plenty of fluid, but do not worry if you do not eat for a few days - you will come to no harm

• However no more than eight paracetamols should be taken within any 24 hours

 

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

• In adults and older children, diarrhoea and vomiting is usually caused by a virus.

• Treatment consists of replacing fluid lost with small amounts of water, or fizzy lemonade taken frequently and not eating for 24 hours.

• If the diarrhoea contains blood, if there is severe pain or high fever you should consult your doctor.

• Diarrhoea and vomiting in small babies and young children should be treated with caution and your doctor will be happy to advise you over the phone and arrange to see you if necessary.

• Elderly people and those with medical conditions (e.g. diabetes) should consult a doctor.

• Women taking the oral contraceptive pill may need to take extra precautions.

 

Headlice

• These creatures prefer clean hair and are not a sign of poor hygiene.

• Daily combing with a fine tooth comb after application of conditioner is also effective

 

Meningitis

• This is an infection of the covering of the brain and the most serious from is caused by the meningococcus bacteria and requires urgent medical attention.

• Warning signs include a "blood spot" rash that does not blanch under pressure, and neck stiffness.

• In infants there may be drowsiness, change in the cry, irritability, fever, diarrhoea or vomiting.

• In adults, as well as neck stiffness and rash there may be high temperature, vomiting, headache and back or joint pains

Blanch = press the side of a clear drinking glass onto the rash or bruises and checking that they fade.

Meningitis Now website

 

Nose Bleeds

• Sit in a chair (leaning forward with your mouth open) and pinch your nose just below the bone for 10 minutes, by which time the bleeding should have stopped.

• If the bleeding continues or if your are taking blood-thinning tablets (anticoagulants): consult your doctor.

• Avoid blowing your nose for 48 hours and hot food and drink for 24 hours.

Sprains and Strains

• Apply a cold compress (e.g. a packet of frozen peas wrapped in a wet tea towel) to reduce swelling: then apply a firm crepe bandage and give the sprain plenty of rest until the discomfort has subsided.

 

Sunburn

• Try to prevent this by avoiding exposure to the sun in the heat of the day and using sun screens.

• Treat sunburn by cooling the skin with cool water or calamine lotion and take Paracetamol or anti-histamine tablets as necessary.

 

Temperature

• A raised temperature occurs commonly even with mild infections.

• In small children it is important to stop the temperature rising too quickly and they should be given Paracetamol syrup which may be bought from the chemist.

• If they are still feverish they should be gently sponged with tepid water as in a bath or shower to cool them (this may take up to 20 minutes)

• If a temperature is very high and does not come down with this treatment or the child appears very unwell you should consult your doctor.

• A child or adult with a temperature will not come to any harm being brought by car or by pram to the surgery.

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