We are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.
Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.
Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.
Please click here for a copy of a self care leaflet from the local CCG:
Self care PIL v5.pdf
If you are struggling with daily living tasks or need to think about carers or assisted living, North Yorkshire County Council have developed a self assessment questionnaire which will help you to find out what support is available, ways to help yourself and recommend useful sources of information. The self assessment tool can be used by anyone who think they need some help with daily living, friends, family and carers can also fill out the assessment on behalf of someone else with their consent. Please click here to go to the self assessment portal.
NHS 111 online service now available to local residents
Residents across Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas can now access the NHS 111 service online as well as over the phone if they need urgent healthcare or health advice.
Residents can now receive urgent medical help or advice that is not life threatening, from NHS 111 online using their smartphone, tablet, laptop or other digital device.
As an alternative to calling 111, you can now visit www.111.nhs.uk to determine which service or treatment is most suitable for you. Like the phone service, it is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is free to use.
Like you do when calling 111, you’ll answer a series of questions relating to your symptoms. Based on your answers, you will be directed to the most appropriate healthcare service in your area. You can also use NHS 111 online to get advice on self care.
The service helps to direct patients to the right care, at the first attempt. The NHS 111 online service can be used to:
- Answer questions about symptoms
- Discover where to get the most suitable care in your area
- Get self-care advice
- Recommend that you speak to a nurse, emergency dentist or GP
- If necessary, advise you to call an ambulance directly
Dr Mark Hodgson, local GP and NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body member said: “The NHS 111 service plays a crucial role in helping people get the most appropriate care available in their area at the first time of asking, so it’s helpful that they can now access this information online as well as over the phone.
“You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice when it is not a life-threatening situation. The 999 number should be used if you have a medical emergency, such as breathing difficulties, chest pains or if you’ve been in a serious accident.”
Always follow any medical advice you have already been given by your doctor. This service is not a replacement for seeing a health professional. Visit www.111.nhs.uk for more information.
Do you suffer from repeated episodes of depression?
Are you a stressed carer or parent of someone with a mental health problem?
Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be able to help you?
Please see the attached leaflet for information for taster sessions:
Mindfulness Taster Course
Are you a veteran ? Do you need help accessing Mental Health Services? Have a look at this leaflet....
Veterans Mental Health Care leaflet
North Yorkshire Care and Support Services Directory 2017/18 – find care near you.
This guide can give you care information to help you make decisions about your personal care. It could help you determine whether you can get help from the council, where to go for support in your community and how to find your local library in North Yorkshire. Click below to access the directory:
Opticians are not just there for sight tests, they can see you about many minor eye conditions. If you have any of the following conditions please ring your optician for an urgent appointment:
- Red, Sore, Dry or Watery Eye
- Flashing Lights
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sticky Eye
We are working with Heartbeat Alliance and our colleagues at Thirsk Health Centre to offer extended access to Primary Care on Saturday mornings.
Every alternate Saturday morning there are Pharmacist appointments available here at Lambert Medical Centre and at Thirsk Health Centre.
If you need a review of your medication, or you have been recently discharged from hospital and want to discuss your medication or you are confused about any aspect of your medication please ask for an appointment with the Clinical Pharmacist.
High Street Pharmacists can help with many other minor ailments without you needing an appointment. If you think you are suffering from any of the following conditions, call in to see your local pharmacist and see if they can help:
- Athlete’s foot
- Cold sores
- Constipation, diarrhoea and haemorrhoids (piles)
- Cough and cold, blocked nose and sore throat
- Dry skin conditions
- Ear wax
- Excess Sweating
- Eye infections
- Fungal nail infections
- Hay fever and allergies
- Head lice advice
- Herbal and complementary remedies
- Indigestion remedies advice
- Infant colic
- Mild acne and eczema
- Minor aches and pains
- Minor cuts and bruises
- Minor sprains and sports injuries
- Mouth ulcers
- Mouthwashes and gargles
- Nappy rash
- Skin rashes
- Travel medicines (travel sickness and antimalarial medicines)
- Treatment for bites and stings
- Treatment of mild fever
- Vitamin supplements and tonics
- Warts and verrucas
Common ailments that can be self managed :
Reading Well Books on Prescription at your local library
The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme helps people manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books endorsed by health experts. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out themselves. The titles can be searched for and requested online or ask at your library and request them free of charge.
Currently four book lists are available:
- e-books and downloadable audiobooks (OverDrive, RBdigital and Ulverscroft),
- e-magazines (RBdigital),
- e-comics and e-graphic novels (ComicsPlus) and
- newspapers on line (PressReader and Newsstream) and
- many other resources like encyclopedias, job hunting resources, family history and educational resources for children.
Research suggests that reading for 30 minutes a week increases health and wellbeing. Reading is known to have many health-boosting properties, including reducing stress, improving memory and providing relaxation and enjoyment. The Reading Well Mood-boosting books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by individuals and reading groups from around the country. Borrow a book - it may do you the world of good!
To find out more about what North Yorkshire library services have to offer and to find your nearest library please visit: