Health Advice

Self-care

Self Care is about treating minor illnesses at home and seeking help when you need it. It is also about managing any conditions you have in a way that puts you in control, improves your quality of life and avoids you getting ill.

Please see the following link on what is self-care by Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG: https://sandwellandwestbhamccg.nhs.uk/self-care

The Self-Care Forum Factsheets provide information on common ailments aim to help clinicians and patients discuss issues around self-care within the practice consultation and especially how to handle the symptoms in the future. They provide patients with information around:

  • Useful facts
  • What patients can expect to happen (the natural history)
  • What people can do to help themselves – now and in the future
  • When to seek medical help (the ‘red flags’)
  • Where to find out more

Please click on the following link to find out more: http://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/fact-sheets-2020/‚Äč

COVID-19

Anybody who is experiencing any symptoms of the virus should self-isolate straight away, then make an appointment to get a test by calling 119 or visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

The symptoms to look out for are:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Please be aware that you can’t get a COVID test at your local GP Practice as the testing is only done at specific national sites.

NHS 111

NHS 111

111 online is a fast and convenient alternative to the 111 phone service and provides an option for people who want to access 111 digitally. 

Your needs will be assessed and you will be given advice about whether you need:

  • Treat yourself at home
  • Go to a Primary Care Centre

If you need face to face medical attention you may be asked to attend a Primary Care Centre.

Click here to access NHS 111 online or call 111 to speak to a staff member.