Uwchaled Medical Practice

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Self Care

When you are unwell, the first thing to ask is…”can I take care of myself?”

It is also important to remember that seeing the GP isn’t always the best option.

There are many things that you can do to look after yourself at home when you have a minor illness.

There are also a whole host of services and organisations out there that can offer support and advice on your ongoing health and wellbeing.  We have compiled some useful links below.

Minor Ailments

Did you know that 10 of the most minor ailments seen by GPs can also be treated by you at home?

By treating yourself at home you could save a trip to the surgery and free up time for the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems.

Read about some of the most effective home treatments on the NHS Direct Wales website for:

  1. Back pain
  2. Dermatitis
  3. Heartburn and indigestion
  4. Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
  5. Constipation
  6. Migraines
  7. Coughs
  8. Acne
  9. Sprains and strains
  10. Headaches

Visit the NHS Direct Wales website

Medicine Cabinet

You can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Remember:

  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy

Useful Links

Addiction

Addaction Alcoholics Anonymouns Alcohol Change UK Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA) Be Gamble Aware Cais DAN 24/7 Frank Turning Point NHS Advice

Carers

Carer’s Outreach Carers Trust Cymru WCD Young Carers

Children and Families

Beat – eating disorders Conwy Family Centres Leaflet Conwy Family Centres Childline Home Start Nacoa – For children of alcoholics NSPCC Young Minds Young Carers Welsh Women’s Aid

Chronic Disease

Alzheimer’s Society Anthony Nolan Arthritis Asthma UK Diabetes UK British Lung Foundation British Heart Foundation Epilepsy LiVLife Macmillan Cancer Support Marie Curie Stroke Association

First Aid

St John Cymru St John Ambulance  

Frail and Elderly

Age Connect Wales Age Cymru Conwy Falls Prevention Service  

Mental Health

Call Helpline Hafal Mind Cymru Papyrus  Parabl Samaritans