As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.
Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.
We suggest you keep the following:
- Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
- Mild laxatives
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
- Rehydration mixture
- Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
- Travel sickness tablets
- Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
- Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
- Tweezers and sharp scissors
- A thermometer
- A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings
- Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
- Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
- Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
- Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy
The Self Care Forum has multiple fact-sheets that can help you to manage minor aliments. Click here to view the available fact sheets.
Unwell Child ……………. What do I do?
Dr Bowser has been working on an Advisory Leaflet for Sick Children for parents and carers to follow when a child is unwell and you are not sure what to do – see her leaflet for guidance.
My Care – Adult and Childrens Social Care Services
My Care in Birmingham is a groundbreaking website developed to enable people to find a wide range of information, advice and support. It covers Children’s and Family Services, Adult Services and Education Services. Go to www.mycareinbirmingham.org.uk to find out more.
University of Birmingham – Self-Help Guides
These guides provide practical help and advice for many well-being issues. They are written by clinical psychologists and provide simple ways for you to work towards a happier you. Click here to find out more.
We do a lot of work work around mental health and well-being; a new website has been created to develop a single locality specific website designed to collate existing well-being services, support new ones, enhance community and volunteering links, enable people to access appropriate and locally available activities, support, learning, creativity etc. If you are interested please go to: http://wellbrum.net
We have also created a useful Support Services document to signpost you to local and national support networks.
The loss of a loved one is always a difficult time please click here for information & support for bereavement Help with your bereavement a practical guide. Our team is also available at this difficult time please do not hesitate to contact us 0121 472 0129.
Further support and information can be found by selecting the helpful links below:
Bereavement Advice Centre or call them on 0800 082 1203 (free helpline)
SIP Feeds – Making your own Build Up Milkshake
We have created recipes and information to help you to create a palatable high energy, high protein shake. It is nutritious as a between meal drink if you or a relative/friend has poor appetite or eating difficulties. Remember that the shake is intended as an addition to meals, rather than instead of meals, as it is not nutritionally complete.
Vitamin D – Lifestyle Advice
Vitamin D helps to control the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies. Both are needed for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
Vitamin D is found naturally in a small number of foods, including oily fish, red meat, liver and egg yolks. It’s also found in fortified foods like breakfast cereals and fat spreads.
However, it’s difficult for us to get the recommended amount of vitamin D from food alone.
Our main source of vitamin D is from the action of sunlight on our skin.
We have created a Vitamin D lifestyle advice sheet which you may find helpful Vitamin D lifestyle advice