PPG email archive.
The PPG have been unable to organise events for patients during the lockdown and have instead been providing information in the form of emails to provide ideas about how patients are able to develop strategies to promote self care for their health and wellbeing. Click on the email link that interests you, to read about that topic.
However please be aware that the information in each email is time related to an earlier date and although a lot of the information will still be relevant, some things may have changed due to the progress of the response to the virus.
Whilst Coronavirus is a physical illness, the impact and experience of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been different for everyone, as has how we have reacted, but there's no doubt it's been a really difficult time for us all and.the stress of worrying about it could affect your mental wellbeing. That's why it's so important to do what we can to look after our mental health and wellbeing – now more than ever – and to reach out if you need support. If you would like to find out more about how to deal with any of these topics click on the Coronavirus and mental well being banner at the top of this section.
Supporting you & your family to maintain a healthy lifestyle
Access all your info online through Patient Access:
The link below will take you to the Practice website for details of how you register, or to sign in to Patient Access.
There are a variety of ways that you may find out about the first step you need to take to maintain your own health & wellbeing and that of your family and friends. The NHS Apps Library is a good starting point for information about your personal health & wellbeing needs. Click on the NHS logo below to go to the NHS APPs library. Filter by 'category' to find your specific interest. Most of the APPs are free, although some involve a cost.
Whilst there is much information about maintaining your health & wellbeing provided by the NHS, there are also other sources that you might consider. Listed below are some other sources that you might explore.
However be aware that the PPG has no control over the contents of any external website.
External websites to support your health & wellbeing
italk provides free treatment to people suffering from common mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. click on either image to learn more.
With eConsult you are able to use a symptom checker to self-manage problems or eConsult with a GP at a time convenient to you. Click here to go to the eConsult page on the Practice website, to find out more.
Would you like help either to quit smoking or reduce the amount you smoke. Click on the SMOKEFREE image on the left to find out more.
Do you have questions about your sexual health? to find out where you are able to get information about sexual health issues click on the image to the left.
Find out about ways to make life easier and more enjoyable for a person with dementia. Click on the image on the left to find practical advice for those living with dementia and their carers.
Click on the picture on the left from the BBC site , to find out about 8 reasons why we should walk more to improve our physical & mental health & wellbeing
Out of hours emergency appointments are available at Lymington Hospital.
Appointments at the Lymington Urgent Care Centre, Lymington Hospital, for when Red and Green Health Centres are closed.
To find out more about appointments and how to access the service,
click on the image below:
A key purpose of the PPG website is to provide easy access to information that those registered as patients with Waterside & Blackfield Health Centres, will find helpful in taking responsibility for their own wellbeing. The two sections below are examples of how the website makes this possible. Similar examples appear in each section of the site and relate to the specific needs of that patient group.
Finding help to cope with worries affecting your health
Sometimes your health is affected by the way you feel. It’s important that you and your doctor or nurse talk about your health as a whole. Treating mental and physical health together will help to get the support needed to stay well. You might want to speak to your GP or practice nurse if you’re:
worrying more than usual
finding it hard to enjoy life
not sleeping or find that your mental state is affecting your physical health in any way
having thoughts and feelings that are difficult to cope with, and that are having an impact on your day-to-day life
You may be unsure about how to start a conversation with your GP about how you feel. To help you think about the best way for you to approach this, the charity 'Mind" has produced some guidance in a booklet called 'Find the Words' that outlines some helpful strategies. Click on the image below to go to the 'Find the Words' guide to learn how to make the most of your GP appointment.