Self-Care for Life – Take Control
Southbourne Surgery would like to help our patients take control of their own minor ailments and have provided a few leaflets for your self-care management.
We now have an area within the sugery where patients have access to leaflets that have been produced by the Self Care Forum Board to support and manage their self-care as appropriate.
If you would like to look at the Self-Care Newsletter produced by the Chichester Alliance of Medical Practices please click here.
These leaflets cover ailments such as Heartburn and Indigestion, Fever in Children, Constipation, Coughs, Sore throats, Acne and many more.
There are a number of very useful websites that are very user friendly and once again just might save you a journey to the doctors.
Please click on the following links for more information:
The Western Sussex Dietitians have some excellent advice on managing conditions with the help of a good diet. Click on the link here to access this information.
BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN -The Little Orange Book is expert advice on helping babies and young children when they are poorly.
To access this book please click here
"CancerWise aspires to be an enabling, compassionate community for people with cancer and those who care for them." CancerWise is a voluntary organisation offering a range of complementary medicines. There is a Drop-in Support Centre in Chichester. For more information please click here.
CHICHESTER WELL BEING - SELF REFERRAL
Chichester Wellbeing offer free, friendly advice and support to people looking to make healthly lifestlye changes. They provide guidance and support with things such as becoming more active, losing weight, healthy eating, managing stress, emotional wellbeing, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol. Why not contact them today to make the first step on your very own wellbeing journey. For more information call 01243 521041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to find out more. Take a look their website for more informationby clicking here.
For the latest up to date information on the appropriate treatment of conjuntivitis please click here.
EAR WAX TREATMENT
For the latest up to date information on the appropriate treatment of ear wax please click here.
FEAR OF FLYING
Due to the increasing concerns within the medical profession and in keeping with other medical practices around the country, Southbourne Surgery has an updated policy and we will no longer prescribe sedating drugs. For more information please click here.
Keep looking at our Self Care area as we aim to change it regularly to incorporate seasonal ailments, and as it is fast approaching that time of year when our eyes beign to itch and noses begin to run, please see our 'Managing Hayfever' Factsheet by clicking here.
LIVING WELL SERVICE - SELF REFERRAL
Supporting Well Being in Chichester
The Chichester Living Well Service are a local mental health charity, providing help and support to local people over 60. For more information and contact numbers to access this service click here.
PHYSIOTHERAPY - SELF REFERRAL
We are lucky enough in West Sussex to have several options for access to Physiotherapy. As well as visiting the Doctor here at the surgery there is PhysioDirect service. The service is most appropriate for non-urgent simple mechanical problems. Patients can call direct on Tel: 01243 623548 for the appointment line from 9am to 4:30pm or any other enquiries, please call 01243 623548 (email Physiotherapy (Coastal Musculoskeletal Outpatient) SC-TR.Coastal-MSK-Physios@nhs.net ) - they do not need to see a Doctor first. Please click here to access an information leaflet.
Patients also can access Physiotherapy by completing a Self-Referral Form. These forms can be completed by the patient and sent directly to the General Booking point for Physiotherapy at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital - they do not need to see a Doctor first.
For further information regarding this services please access the Sussex Community NHS Trust website by clicking HERE TO ACCESS A SELF REFERRAL FORM.
The NHS will only offer some podiatry services for those who meet the criteria. For routine podiatry needs you will need to be seen by a private service. There are lots of clinics and mobile podiatrists in the local area, here are a few:
- Chiropody Clinic, Emsworth - Tel 01243 357603
- The Chichester Clinic - Tel 01243 386356
- Warblington Podiatry - Tel 07900 958053
- The Mobile Foot Clinic - Tel 02392 045835
- Elisabeth Righton Podiatrist & Orthotics, Prinsted/Southbourne - Tel 07590 804195
Also, consider contacting your local Age UK as they provide a service for foot care and nail cutting. For more information click here or call one of the numbers below.
- Age UK Portsmouth - Tel 02392 862121
- Age UK West Sussex - Tel 01903 731800
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ADVICE
For more information on managing Rheumatoid Arthritis please click here.
SEXUAL HEALTH CLINICS
From Monday 1st June 2020 , the West Sussex Sexual Health service will start to reintroduce some aspects of their services. Such services include New Coil Fittings, New implant fittings, new or repeat contraceptive injections and symptomatic STI's / Complex GUM. If you have any questions, please ring the main booking office on 01903 285199. Please note 'walk-in and wait' clinics remain closed for the foreseeable future.
For information about local drop in Sexual Health Clinics please click on the links below
For Chichester area, please click here
For the Portsmouth area, please click here
SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING
Did you know someone takes their own life in the UK every 90 minutes? Today another 16 people will take their own lives here in the UK, most in silence, unable to share their desperate feelings due to taboo, stigma, shame or guilt. Would you know how to talk to someone who you suspected was having suicidal thoughts? More information and advice please click here.
TICKS AND LYME DISEASE
For the latest up to date information from NHS Choice for the management of ticks and Lyme Disease please click here. If you would like information about Lyme Disease UK please click here.
TIME TO TALK COUNSELLING - SELF REFERRAL
Talking therapies can really help you with anxiety and depression. Time to Talk offer a free confidential service to people aged 18 and over who are registered with a local GP.
You will find more information and contact numbers by clicking here.
Please note the telephone number on the link has been updated but not yet on the forms.
It is now 01273 265967
TIME TO TALK HEALTH - FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH LONG TERM CONDITIONS
This is a free and confidential service for anyone aged 18+ with a GP locally who needs support to cope or manage with -
- Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
- A heart condition
You can contact them by calling 02173 666480, emailing on email@example.com or applying online at here.
FURTHER INFORMATION FOR SELF-CARE:-
Pharmacists are a highly qualified team who are key in supporting people to self-care, especially when it comes to advice for minor ailments and pharmacy bodies are always enthusiastic about getting involved. Please click here to find out more information about some of the advice the pharmacists are able to offer. Some pharmacies are now able to offer free Health Checks by appointment. Call your local pharmacy if you are interested and to check whether you meet their criteria.
YOUR MEDICINE CABINET
Even a minor illness or ailments such as colds, headaches and diarrhoea can disrupt your life. Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. For more information and help in stocking your home medicine cabinet please click here.
PATIENT ONLINE RESULTS
You can now book pre-agreed blood tests online and also view your results online. If the Doctor wishes to speak to you, you will see a note to ask you to make an appointment
To sign up – please call into the surgery and bring in photo ID to register.(If you currently have online access, you WILL need to re-register for this service)
We have developed this area in response to our 2015 Action Plan as another way to support and develop our patient care.
Please call into the surgery on 01243 388740 to make an appointment with a Doctor or Nurse if you feel that is appropriate for your ailment.
Common ailments that can be self managed :