#Scarfie

on . Posted in Your Services

This winter, health professionals across mid and south Essex will be encouraging people with respiratory conditions to stay well by joining in with a new campaign #Scarfie, launching on 4 December 2017.

More than 93,000 people across our area in mid and south Essex have asthma and COPD – a lung condition that causes difficulty with breathing. Cold air is a common asthma trigger and can make health worse.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to stay well when temperatures drop this winter. One simple tip is to wear a scarf loosely across your mouth, this warms up air before you breathe it in and can help people with asthma and other lung conditions.

#Scarfie, an Asthma UK campaign, encourages people to take a selfie wearing a scarf and share this simple tip widely with friends and loved ones.

Below are some ways you might want to wear your #Scarfie from Asthma UK. For more information about staying well this winter click here and further tips for good self-care can be found here.

ScarfieWarmAirFSv58

Self-care

on . Posted in Your Services

Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries. A large range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. This could include treatment for the following:

  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor sprains, sports injuries, grazed knee and scars
  • Coughs, colds, blocked noses, fevers and sore throat
  • Hangover

Below are some other top tips to help you take care of yourself:

  1. Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Find out what should be included here.
  2. Speak to your local pharmacist - many medicines for minor illness and ailments are avaiable over-the-counter.
  3. Get your flu jab during the winter season. You may be entitled to a free one - ask your GP or pharmacist for details
  4. Keep active to stay physically and mentally well
  5. Be mindful that sometimes symptoms can last longer than you think - sore throats can last an average of eight days
  6. Don’t forget, antibiotics don’t work on sore throats, coughs or colds

Visit the NHS Choices website to find what changes you can make in order to take care of yourself and find out what works best for you.

Remember, if you’re not sure whether you need to go to A&E, call NHS 111 first.

Self Care Fact Sheets

Below you can find guidance to help you take care of the most common ailments in a series of fact sheets written by the Self Care Forum. These provide useful facts about your condition, what you can expect to happen, how to help yourself, when you should see your GP and where to find out more information.

 

Self care advent calendar

on . Posted in Your Services

To help people in our area Live Well this Christmas and embrace self-care, health professionals across mid and south Essex are launching a video advent calendar. It’s aimed at raising awareness of key winter health risks and offers advice on local health services available over the Christmas period – as well as general self-care advice.

Follow us on Twitter to see what's new each day.

day 7  day 8 
 day 9  day 10 day 11   day 12
 day 13  day 14  day 15  day 16
 day 17  day 18  day 19  day 20
 day 21  day 22  day 23  day 24
       

Patient Choice

on . Posted in Your Services

Patient Choice banner

If your GP needs to refer you for a physical or mental health condition, in most cases you have a legal right to choose which hospital or service you go to. This includes NHS and many private hospitals that provide services to the NHS. You may also choose your clinical team led by a consultant or named healthcare professional.

GP surgeries tend to refer to local hospitals and services, however if you want to be referred somewhere else in the country or if you want your doctor to see if there is another hospital that can see you more quickly, ask your GP. If your GP thinks there is a clinical reason why you shouldn’t go somewhere else, they will tell you.

You can choose a hospital or service based on whatever matters most to you – this could include waiting times, quality of service, your previous experience, the opinions of other patients, the location or your GP’s recommendation.

Why should I choose where to have my treatment?

People tell the NHS that they want to be more involved in making decisions and choosing their own healthcare.

Most people say it is helpful to be able to choose where and when they access NHS services. Even if you don’t mind where you go, it is important to know that you have a choice.

It may be that you want to go somewhere away from home but closer to your family. Or perhaps you want to start your treatment as quickly as possible. It’s entirely up to you to decide. 

Where can I find information to help me choose?

There are a number of places where you can access information about hospitals and services:

  • You can ask your GP about what might be the best choice for you, once you tell them what matters to you most.
  • You can compare information about hospitals, services and consultants at www.nhs.uk. This website includes information about the quality of care, waiting times, parking and travel. Simply search using the ‘Services Near You’ option available at the top of page. You can also search according to the operations and treatments that the hospitals or services offer.

Click here for more information on Patient Choice, or visit www.nhs.uk/patientchoice

Diabetes Information

on . Posted in Your Services

As a clinical network we are aware that there is a huge volume of information available relating to Diabetes. Following discussion at the south east Essex Diabetes clinical network we would like to advise GP practices to direct any patients with interest in diabetes (particularly any recently diagnosed diabetic patients) to the following sources:

Dr Alex Shaw on behalf of the south east Essex Diabetes clinical network