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Useful Links for Health Advice, Information & Self Care


We have listed a variety of useful websites which can be used to access advice, health information and direct links to self care for a range of minor illnesses.  

NHS Choices NHS Choices Logo

www.nhs.uk/

The NHS website is always a great place to start when it comes to accessing useful information relating to your health and wellbeing. It has a complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to seek medical attention.

It also has a guide to medicines, so you can find out how they work and read up on any possible side effects.


 

Patient.co.uk

www.patient.info/


Another useful and easy to use website for health information. It includes useful tools, tests and also a symptom checker.


Self Care for minor illness


Every year millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctors appointment.

It is estimated that every year 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athletes foot.  By visiting your pharmacy, you could save yourself time and trouble.

Self Care

Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments.  Coughs, colds, indigestion and many other minor complaints can be treated with medicines available over the counter.

Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet.  Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.


Self Care for life - Take Control

We want you to Self care for Life.  Become more health conscious and choose healthy options that will impact positively on your physical health as well as your mental wellbeing and self esteem.

Self Care for Life means eating properly, taking regular exercise and looking after your symptoms of common everyday illness.  Take control and recognise when to self care and when to seek advice, and if you need advice, think about your local pharmacist or whether a visit to the surgery is necessary.  And, if you have a long term condition, understand that condition and how to live well with it daily. Self Care for a good Life - Take Control!

The NHS website is a great tool to find out more about self care; www.nhs.uk/ 

We've also listed some of the most common minor illnesses below, click on the individual symptom to download a useful fact sheet:


Local Health Information for Devon

www.myhealth-devon.nhs.uk/  


Devon Referral Support Service (DRSS)

DRSS manage all the GP referrals for patients who need to be seen by a hospital clinician.

www.devon-rss.nhs.uk/index.shtml

If you have a query about your referral, or you have been waiting for an appointment or operation and wish to follow this up or discuss options for being seen at another hospital of your choice please contact DRSS directly on

Practice & Patient Helpdesk Telephone 01626 883 888 or email cab.helpdesk@nhs.net


Devon sexual health website

www.devonsexualhealth.nhs.uk


One-line support for young people (aged 11-18)

www.kooth.com/


Advice on toothache and getting the most appropriate treatment

NHS patient information leaflet on antibiotics and toothache

Help in finding a local dentist or an emergency dentist

www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1776.aspx?categoryid=74

Or ring 01271 324878 Mon - Friday 9am - 5pm or for an emergency dentist out of hours ring 03330 006 330


Wellbeing and health advice

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/


Helping you and your doctor make the right decisions about your care

http://www.choosingwisely.co.uk/


MacMillan Cancer Support

www.macmillan.org.uk


 

Family Planning Association

www.fpa.org.uk/


Leaflet to take to schools if your child needs to take medication during school time

Medication in schools leaflet


North Devon Against Domestic Abuse

www.ndada.co.uk/


Barnstaple Library, including regular events held in the library -

www.devon.gov.uk/barnstaple_library


Citizens Advice

www.citizensadvice.org.uk/


Relate

Who support individuals, couples and families through all stages of their relationships offering various counselling and therapies

www.relate-ed.org.uk/


Young Devon - advice and information for young people in Devon

www.youngdevon.org/

 


Termination of Pregnancy Services in Devonmarie stopes

Marie Stopes are comissioned by the Devon CCG to provide abortion services across Devon from April 2020. Patient's can self-refer to the service without the need to speak to their GP. Visit the Marie Stopes website on the link below for more information:

www.mariestopes.org.uk

 

 

 


 





 
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