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Cough, Cold, Earache, Sore Throat
Children: ‘When Should I Worry?’ is a booklet developed by researchers at Cardiff University. It provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, sore throats, and ear aches) in children
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust offers a free 6 week course called the Expert Patients Programme for anyone living with any long term health condition. The Expert Patients Programme offers a tool-kit of techniques that support people with all kinds of long term health conditions, improving your quality of life, helping you to manage your condition better on a daily basis and increasing your confidence
As a participant, you will learn how to:
• Manage fatigue, sleep, pain, anger and depression
• Set goals and make action plans
• Problem solve
• Develop your communication skills
• Manage your emotions and daily activities
• Manage relationships with family, friends, work colleagues and health care professionals
• Understand the importance of exercise and healthy eating plus many more
To book directly, please click on the blue link above for more information –
– Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Or telephone: 01922 605490
streetlife.com offers a way to connect with your local community, to exchange information and to provide mutual help and support
The Five Ways To Wellbeing are the result of research by the New Economics Forum that set out five key life areas most people need to focus on in order to feel well and healthy. A checklist you might use to discover if you have the right balance?
Taking the approach that dying is a natural stage in our lives, the Dying Coalitionoffers a range of leaflets, films and other resources to support you and your family
If you have been diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, you may wish to book in to have the Epley Manouevre performed. This is demonstrated by Dr Fehilly in the following video along with self-help exercises to help benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
Here is a useful leaflet (produced in the USA) for instructions for you to follow after having had the Epley Manouevre performed
Age UK – support for older patients is a pilot service set up to help put you in touch with groups and organisations which can help with support and cut down on social isolation. Let any member of Sycamore’s practice team know if you would like us to refer you or your elderly relative
Paracetamol and Ibuprofen
Lichfield Street practice have recently adapted the guidelines produced by Walsall CCG which aims to restrict the prescribing of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen products for short term use that can be bought at a reasonable cost over the counter. If this guideline is followed it will result in:
Reduced patient reliance on prescribers for prescriptions.
Reduced consultations for minor, self-limiting conditions.
Increased patient self-reliance for minor conditions.
Funding of medicines available to purchase to treat self-limiting conditions and minor ailments and self-care is a personal responsibility.
Lichfield Street surgery has recently adapted the guidelines produced by Walsall CCG on prescribing Vitamin D for daily supplementation.
The Department of Health recommends vitamin D supplementation in certain high risk adult groups in order to prevent Vitamin D deficiency.
Funding of vitamin D supplements to protect and maintain bone, teeth and muscle health and for long term maintenance is a personal responsibility.
Vitamin D is readily available to purchase in pharmacies, health food shops and supermarkets at a far lower cost than on prescription.
It is expected that patients will purchase such supplements.
Community pharmacists or other healthcare professionals are able to advise on suitable vitamin D products.
NB: *Pregnant /breastfeeding women may be eligible to obtain vitamins free of charge as part of the Healthy Start Scheme. Further information on the eligibility criteria can be found at healthystart.nhs.uk.
This does not affect GP prescribing of high-dose Vitamin D preparations that are not available over the counter.
Lichfield Street surgery will be working in line with the above guidance to promote self-care and will try to reduce the prescribing of these medicines.
For any questions or concerns about this guidance please get in touch with your practice.