This section of our website provides links to self-care websites, advice on common conditions and links to other services.
Self-Care Aware promotes self-care across communities, families and generations. for more information click: www.selfcareforum.org/resources/patient-portal or www.nhs.uk
Dental if you have dental problems, please do not contact the surgery. Contact details for emergency dental care are available at: www.nhs.uk
SELF REFERRAL SERVICES
Did you know you can self-refer for some services?
CPFT Psychological Wellbeing Service: offers free NHS talking therapies for those aged 17 and over registered with a GP in the area who are suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders. Referral to this service can be via your GP or self-referral: www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/pws/psychological-wellbeing-service.htm
Everyone Health, Health Trainer Service: Everyone Health currently deliver the FREE ChangePoint Lifestyle services commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council. Their health trainer team offer free 1:1 appointments for individuals that are 16+ who have a desire to create a healthier lifestyle, improve wellbeing, lose weight and become more physically active. Their mission is to provide an accessible service that helps increase knowledge of healthier lifestyles and choices we make. Their team can help you to identify and address any changes before they become a problem, so that you can continue to enjoy life as you want to.
Everyone Health work closely with other services in Cambridgeshire to improve health, wellbeing and weight loss. They are currently offering initial appointments at Soham Children Centre, Tuesday, 1pm- 6pm.
If you feel you could benefit and would like an appointment please contact Change Point on 0333 005 0093 or speak to your GP or Nurse.
Stay Well during winter: The common cold is more likely to affect most of us during the winter months and can aggravate existing conditions. To help us all to stay well this winter:
- Get expert advice if you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough – seek advice from your pharmacist.
- If you are eligible for a FREE NHS flu jab, make sure you get it. Flu is highly contagious and can cause serious complications for at risk groups.
- Stock up your medicine cabinet. A well-stocked medicine cabinet can help you treat common winter ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throats and sickness bugs at home.
- Keep warm.
- Get the right help. Make sure you are receiving all the help you are entitled to.
For further details on staying well this winter: www.nhs.uk/staywell
PATIENT ADVICE PRIOR TO EAR IRRIGATION
Earwax is produced inside your ears to keep them clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the ears harmlessly, but sometimes too much can build up and block the ears.
A build-up of earwax is a common problem that can often be treated using eardrops. The recommendation is that olive oil should be used for this procedure and used twice a day for at least 14 days.
If by following this advice, the treatment doesn't work, you may benefit from ear irrigation. However, regular or routine irrigation is not recommended.
The only reason for carrying out ear irrigation is when hearing is reduced due to wax impacted on the eardrum.
Please mention to you doctor or nurse/healthcare assistant if you have any history of a previous perforated eardrum.
THE USE OF COTTON WOOL BUDS TO REMOVE WAX IS NOT ADVISED.
In preparation for ear irrigation and to encourage normal wax removal from the outer ear we recommend, prior to irrigation you insert drops, i.e. olive oil twice a day for at least 14 days.
To do this:
- Lie down on your side with the affected ear uppermost.
- Apply 2-3 drops of oil (at room temperature) into the ear canal and massage the area just in front of the ear and pull the top of the ear backwards and upwards. This enables the oil to run down the ear canal.
- Stay lying down for 5 minutes and then wipe away any excess oil.
- Repeat the procedure with the opposite ear if necessary.
The Nurse/Healthcare assistant will provide advice post-ear irrigation