Self Care

By being prepared and making the right choices, you will be better placed to stay healthy, keep control of your health and wellbeing, and get the right care for you and your family when you need it.

Health Help Now Buckinghamshire

homescreen-on-phone-smallHealth Help Now aims to help people find the right service in Buckinghamshire for their health needs, especially when they need medical help fast but it is not a life-threatening emergency.

Many visits to Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) do not result in any treatment.

That does not mean those people are all in the wrong place. It is important for some conditions to be checked in A&E even if no treatment is needed.

But national statistics suggest that thousands of visits to A&Es could have been dealt with better by a different NHS service – such as pharmacists, GPs, or minor injuries nurses.

Health Help Now has been developed with input from GPs, hospital doctors, and other health professionals. It lists common symptoms and offers suggestions for treatment. The one which works best for most people is listed first and the other suggestions follow in order. Health Help Now then links through to local services, and shows whether they are open or closed and their location.

Go to the Health Help Now website

Help with common health complaints

Common health problems such as coughs, colds, headaches and back pain can often be treated more quickly and just as effectively from home, without the need for prescription medicines or a GP appointment.

By clicking on the links below to the NHS Choices website, you can find tips and effective treatments for dealing with some of the most frequent minor ailments responsible for GP visits.

Where to find help – phone

  • Call 111 for health advice 24/7
  • Call 0800 085 8480 for transport needs

Where to find help – websites

Plan ahead

  • Talk to your local pharmacist about stocking up with over-the-counter medicines for everyday ailments like coughs, colds, aches and pains. Your pharmacist can also help you make sure that if you take regular medication you order your repeat prescriptions in good time.
  • Get your flu vaccine – the flu jab is available free from your GP if you are over 65, pregnant or have a long-term condition such as heart failure, diabetes or respiratory disease. This year the vaccine is also available to children aged two and three as a nasal spray. If you are not in one of these groups you can pay for the vaccine – ask your pharmacist for details.
  • Be prepared for bad weather – make sure you have plenty of warm clothes and food at home and keep an eye out for your elderly neighbours. If you have to go out in bad weather, think carefully about what you wear – especially on your feet – and how you travel.

Think about doing a basic first aid course. This will help you better deal with minor injuries like burns, strains and sprains, as well as basic life support. For more information about courses visit www.redcross.org.uk.