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We want you to not only feel empowered to take responsibility for your own health, but also informed about what services are available should you require extra support.

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 website to find what lifestyle 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.

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Silvercloud: Online Mental Health Support

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If you are looking for extra support with your mental health you can log on to Silvercloud - our free secure online self-help programme that is proven to help with anxiety, stress and depression.

Access is immediate and free No GP referral needed and you complete the programmes online at your own pace and at a time which is convenient for you.

Why choose online support?

Access is immediate with no GP referral required. You can log onto the system from your computer, smart phone or tablet at any time of the day or night.

This means that you can slot your therapy into a time that suits you, instead of having to attend in person or trying to squeeze sessions into a busy week. You have the freedom to choose to complete your weekly therapy sessions in the environment of your choice and at a time that suits you.

We want you to be able to make the most of your online therapy. To benefit you will need to:

  • Have basic computer and internet skills
  • Access to a computer, tablet or smart phone
  • Be motivated to improve your wellbeing

How does online therapy work?

Programmes consist of informative and interactive modules which you can complete at your own pace to help improve your wellbeing.

A supporter from Mid and North Essex Mind will review your progress over 6 weeks providing feedback and guidance. You will also have access to the session materials, your notes and support feedback for a year after you finish therapy.

The self help modules are easy to use with interactive tools and activities to help you think better, manage your life and live well. The goal of each module is for you to take the information and techniques learned – and to start applying them in your day-to-day life. At regular intervals, your MIND supporter will check your progress and provide feedback and guidance.

You can log on and start using the platform anytime.

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Your Local Pharmacy

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Community pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and can clinically check, prepare and dispense prescription medicines for you.You do not need an appointment to see a pharmacist and they can offer professional healthcare advice and support to maintain and improve your health and wellbeing. Community pharmacists can advise you on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines for common minor ailments such as:

  • Coughs
  • Colds
  • Minor injuries
  • Tummy troubles
  • Women's health
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Aches and pains

There are many other health services that pharmacists and their teams can offer including:

  • Flu vaccinations
  • Emergency contraception 
  • Stop smoking services - stopping smoking
  • Chlamydia screening and treatment
  • Weight management – including advice on healthy eating and physical activity

You can also get support with managing long-term conditions such as diabetes or heart disease by having blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tests at your local pharmacy. You will still need regular reviews with your GP, nurse or specialist - pharmacists can advise on when is best to see a GP.

Getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for a minor health concern. But if you think you or your family member are more seriously ill, then a GP or hospital may be more appropriate.

Help and advice day and night

Many pharmacies in mid Essex are open until late and at weekends, which is useful if you feel unwell when your GP practice is closed.

For help with your medicines please click here.

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NHS 111

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Call 111 if you need medical help fast but it's not an emergency

NHS 111 makes it easier for people to access health services and medical advice fast. 

Get help online or on the phone

To get help from NHS 111, you can:

  • go to 111.nhs.uk (for people aged 5 and over only)
  • call 111

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, you can:

  • call 18001 111 on a textphone
  • use the NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter service if you’re deaf and want to use the phone service

How NHS 111 works

You answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone.

Depending on the situation you’ll:

  • find out what local service can help you
  • be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
  • get a face-to-face appointment if you need one
  • be told how to get any medicine you need
  • get self-care advice

If the NHS 111 advisors think that an ambulance is required, they will immediately arrange for one to be sent to you.

For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or community pharmacist in the usual way. For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999.

If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.

pdf NHS 111 Easy Read Leaflet (767 KB)

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NHS Service Health in Mind recognised nationally as a high-quality service

NHS Service Health in Mind recognised nationally as a high-quality service

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Health in Mind (Mid Essex IAPT) receives prestigious award of accreditation after being recognised nationally as a high-quality service.

The free, confidential NHS mental health service, which is available to residents aged 17 and over, has been accredited in the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapy Services (APPTS) by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Combined Committee for Accreditation.

Patrick Larsson, Deputy Clinical Lead for Health in Mind, said: “We are delighted with the accreditations. It reflects the hard work and commitment from the team to provide a robust and high quality service for our service users.”

He added: “The rigorous accreditation process lasted six month and we were asked to provide various pieces of evidence for the service we provide including direct feedback from people who have used our service.”

At the end of the successful accreditation process the service was commended on consistently meeting or exceeding both recovery and reliable improvement rates and the continuing momentum with service user involvement and participation.

To find out more about the Health in Mind service, visit www.northessexiapt.nhs.uk

 

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Dying Matters Week 2019

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It's Dying Matters Week until Sunday. To help mark it, we've paid a visit to Chelmsford Crematorium for a chat about End of Life planning. 

Watch our video of newly qualified staff member Rubie explaining some of the things she and those who visit the Crematorium find important. 

 

 
 
 
 

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