Empowering people with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, and visit the GP when they need to, gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long term.
The practice supports the view that where people can take care of their minor ailments this will directly reduce the number of GP consultations thus enabling GP's to focus on caring for higher risk patients, such as those with a number of problems, the very young and elderly and managing long term conditions. This results in the most cost-effective use of stretched NHS resources and allows money to be spent where its most needed and improve health outcomes.
The practice is working with the Patient Particupation Group to look at information and help that can be provided to patients to start to integrate self care into everyday activity.
There are also specific links that patients may find useful
Self Care - Flu
Self Care - Colds
Self Care - Sickness and Diarrhoea in children
Self Care - Sprains and Strains
LATEST INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS FROM CUMBRIA COMMISSIONING GROUP ON SELF CARE AND HOW YOU CAN LOOK AFTER YOURSELF DURING THE WINTER MONTHS
NHS Dec Supplement 2014.pdf