Self Care for Life

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Self care means keeping fit and healthy, as well as knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when you need it. If you have a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it. 

For information on Self Care please visit:

List for virtual educational programmes available online with dates and times –

https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/health-advice/health-and-wellbeing-courses/course-locations/virtual-courses/

This is the referral form for a person to self refer for virtual educational programme – https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/health-advice/health-and-wellbeing-courses/

This is the link for stop smoking support in our local area and contact details

https://www.helpmequit.wales/services-in-your-area/

Weight management

https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/health-advice/help-with-my-weight/

Link for self referral form weight management

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Weight-Management-Self-Referral-Form/

Mental health support and phone number in our local area

https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/health-advice/mental-health-hub/i-can/ican-community-hubs/conwy/

The following link has a helpline offering emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

https://www.callhelpline.org.uk/

Physiotherapy self referral

Physio SR form.docx (live.com)

Cancer support

https://www.northwalescancerforum.co.uk/help-and-support/

Long Covid Service self referral link (please ensure you have been seen by the GP prior to self referral to rule out other possible causes for your symptoms)

https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/long-covid/long-covid-service-self-referral/

Conwy Community Wellbeing team

https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Leisure-sport-and-health/Community-wellbeing/Community-wellbeing-team.aspx

Carers Trust North Wales Crossroads Care Services provides emotional and practical support for unpaid carers and the people they care for across North Wales.  

https://www.nwcrossroads.org.uk/about-us

Our thoughts on self care

Inbetween these two extremes, patients often need and appreciate help and support to make decisions for themselves. This is particularly relevant to ‘self care’ for minor illnesses such as a headache or a sore throat in people who are normally fit and well.

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As health care professionals, we feel it’s important that our patients feel confident in the decisions they make about their own health.

If a patient is worried about their health, having relevant information about an illness, such as:

  • how long it might normally be expected to last
  • warning signs to look out for
    or
  • what ‘over the counter’ medications might help

might enable someone to chose not to make a GP or nurse appointment.

This sort of information is available from many pharmacists and reliable websites such as:

  • whenshouldiworry.com (bilingual)
  • selfcareforum.org (bilingual)
  • patient.info
    and
  • NHS websites.

If it is still needed, seeing a GP after using self management strategies will mean we can assess the benefits that you have or haven’t experienced already.

We hope that these resources can help our patients to care for themselves during minor illnesses, and as a part of our consultations we will try to promote and explain self care where appropriate.

‘Self care’ doesn’t mean ‘no care’, and it can often be the best care!