Looking after yourself
Useful information and support tools to look after yourself can be found at: One You Wolverhampton
Self Care FAQs
Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing: patient leaflets
Hayfever Self Care Advice
Visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support for advice.
More information is available from the One You website: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/drink-less/
Worried about your drinking?
For confidential advice and support about your drinking call our freephone Over 50s Alcohol Helpline on 0808 8010750.
Be Food Smart app
People need accessible, simple information on how much sugar, fat and salt is in food and drink. One of the ways the government is helping people make healthier choices is the Be Food Smart app.
The free app works by scanning the barcode of products, tells the user the total sugar, saturated fat and salt in a product and encourages users to make healthier choices.
The Be Food Smart app is available from the iTunes store or Google Play. Search Change4Life for more information.
Heart Age Test gives early warning of heart attack and stroke
Public Health England is urging the public to find out their ‘heart age’, with 50 preventable deaths from heart attack or stroke happening every day.
The Heart Age Test:
- Tells you your heart age compared to your real age
- Explains why it’s important to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers
- Gives advice on how to reduce your heart age
Visit – https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/check-your-health/heart-age-test/
Know your Blood Pressure
Take a moment to reduce your risk of stroke. Visit the following website at www.stroke.org.uk/moments and download your free blood pressure information pack.
You can access health advice and information on the NHS Website at www.nhs.uk
Health & Fitness Trackers
If your NHS Health Check results have revealed issues that require special attention, there are plenty of web-based tools and apps to help you achieve your health goals – click the link to NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/pages/tools-and-technology-that-can-help.aspx
12 Week Fitness Plan
Reduce the risk from long term conditions and start a fitness programme today!
One You campaign
Public Health England has launched ‘One You’, a campaign to help adults across the country avoid future diseases caused by modern lifestyles. One You encourages people to rethink their lifestyle choices and put themselves first and do something about their own health.
Cancer Prevention Recommendations from the World Cancer Research Fund
- Cutting out high-calorie foods and sugary drinks. Drinking less alcohol. Losing weight.
- What changes could you make to your life to reduce your risk of getting cancer?
- Based on the latest scientific research about how to prevent cancer, their advice is practical and simple to understand.
Real Recipes – Family favourites made in minutes
World Cancer Research Fund research shows that eating well and being a healthy weight reduces your risk of cancer.
That’s why they’ve created Real Recipes, to help people incorporate their science into their everyday life, with healthy dishes that are inexpensive, easy to prepare and, most importantly, delicious.
Please share their Real Recipes with colleagues, family and friends and why not start planning your next meal today?
Walking for Health
Wolverhampton Walking for Health (PDF, 424KB)
Newbridge Surgery supports the NHS Bowel Screening Programme.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. The aim of the Bowel Screening Programme is to discover bowel cancer at an early stage, before symptoms have a chance to develop. The sooner it’s caught, the easier it is to treat and treatment is more likely to be successful.
The screening programme invites all men and women between the ages of 60 – 74 years who are registered with a General Practice. Those aged 75 and over can request a kit by ringing 0800 707 6060.
People are invited by letter to their home address every 2 years, and are asked to complete a simple test that you carry out in your own home. We encourage you to consider doing this screening test, which you then send off in the envelope for analysis.
Whether or not to do the test is your choice, so you should read the information you are sent with your screening invitation to help you decide.
Cancer Advocacy & Support Project
Staffordshire & Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy & Support Project for people aged 50+ – no one in Wolverhampton should face cancer alone. Telephone the Beth Johnson Foundation on 01782 844036 or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org – for further information please download the Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy Leaflet (PDF, 230KB)
Community and Wellbeing Hub
Wolverhampton Community and Wellbeing Hub: Providing the people of Wolverhampton with a safe inclusive space to focus on improving their mental wellbeing.
The Community and Wellbeing Hub, Epic Café, 11-13 Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1EA
If you would like more information about the Wolverhampton Community and Wellbeing Hub, please contact: 07811 848 819 or email email@example.com
CW Hub Service Leaflet (PDF, 895KB)
CW Session Planner Booklet (PDF, 827KB)
Are you living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or have a respiratory condition?
Why not join your local TWIRL group to receive free advice, support and the opportunity to socialise with others with respiratory conditions.
The Wolverhampton Integrated Respiratory Lifestyle (TWIRL) group meets every Wednesday between 12noon and 3.30pm at the Goodyear’s Pavilion Club, Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 6AJ.
Attending the TWIRL group can help to reduce feelings of social isolation as well as to improve a person’s health and wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence in the ability to manage their condition.
For more information please call Claire Morrissey on 01902 444878 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are affected by dementia and live in the Black Country you’re not alone.
The Alzheimer’s Society specialist services will help you:
- Get tailored information and advice from their compassionate and experienced staff.
- Keep your independence and improve your well-being
- Feel confident and supported knowing that someone is there for you when you need help.
Get in touch today on 0121 521 3020 or via email at email@example.com
Is your driving changing? Top Tips to help you drive safely for longer – for more information see the Is your driving changing? leaflet.
Fibrosis Support Group
Wolverhampton Lung Fibrosis Support Group
Long Knowle Community Centre, Wood End Road, Wednesfield. WV11 1YG
Starting from Wednesday 7th September 2016 3.00pm – 4:30pm, running first Wednesday of every month.
Are you or a relative suffering from pulmonary fibrosis? Why not drop in for a coffee, chat and some helpful advice!
For more information please contact the Respiratory Nurses on 01902 695061
Headache and Migraine Support Group
Don’t feel isolated or alone. Learn more about managing your migraines and headaches by sharing your experiences. Join the new support group in Wolverhampton. If you are interested in joining the group then please contact Rachel at Migraine Action on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 011 033. For more information on migraine visit www.migraine.org.uk
Healthwatch Wolverhampton is an independent service set up in 2013, to make sure that patients and general public can have their say about health and social care services in Wolverhampton. Find out more at www.healthwatchwolverhampton.co.uk
Healthwatch Wolverhampton publish regular newsletters. You can click here to go straight to their Newsletter page.
Visit www.mind.org.uk for further information on all aspects of mental health.
It isn’t easy talking to your GP about mental health. See the information developed by MIND to support you here.
Where to get support
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (www.bcpft.nhs.uk)
Referral to these services is by a GP or a mental health professional.
- Complex Care
This service provides community support for people with severe and enduring mental health problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
- Healthy Minds
Healthy Minds is a psychological therapy service for people who are experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress. (You can self-refer to this service. To self- refer phone 0800 923 0222).
- Wellbeing Service
The wellbeing service is a nurse led service for people with more complex mental health problems.
Starfish are an independent company who are funded by and run services on behalf of Wolverhampton City Council. Starfish run a number of groups and social activities across the city. These include Coffee Clubs, Writing Groups, Wellbeing Group, Drama Group and Art and Craft Groups plus social events including walks, meals out and visits to the cinema and theatre.
For information phone: 07949 290036, email email@example.com or go to the website www.thesocialhub.org.uk
Kaleidoscope Plus are an independent group who run groups and activities throughout the Black Country including Wolverhampton.
For information on groups and activities provided by Kaleidoscope Plus phone: 0121 565 7818 or go to the website www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk
The Avion Tuesday Club
This group is a service user’s run group. It meets at St. Andrew’s Church, Whitmore Reans on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Activities include: – Relaxation, Poetry Reading, Topical Discussion and Games.
Liquid refreshments are freely available.
The Friends Group
‘Where Mental Health matters’. This is an independent group. It meets at St. Patrick’s Church Hall Wednesfield near New Cross Hospital. It is open on Mondays and Tuesdays between 10.00am and 4.00 pm. Activities at the group include: – Pool, Board games, Art group and outings plus Benefit Advice.
Refreshments are available.
For more information please phone: 07989020346.
Low Hill Group
This is a service user’s run group. It meets at The Good Shepherd Church in Second Avenue on Tuesdays between 2.00 pm and 4.30pm. Activities include: – Board Games.
Refreshments are available and everybody is welcome. For more information phone: 07722424095.
The Mental Health Travel and Social Group
This is a service users’ run group. It meets at the lower mall in the Mander Centre beneath HMV on Wednesday’s between 10.30am and 11.00am. The group visits cities & towns around the West Midlands and beyond with the aim of promoting confidence & wellbeing among its members. For more information phone: 07919626246.
The People’s Group
This group is a service users’ run group. It meets at St. Chad’s (Lime Street) on Thursdays between 10.00am and 12.30pm. Activities available include: – Skittles, Board Games, Pool, Yoga and Relaxation. Refreshments are available. For more information phone: 07543844781
Place of Welcome
Place of Welcome are a network of hospitality run by local community groups who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and conversation, if and when they need it. There are a number of groups set up around Wolverhampton and they meet in churches, community centres and mosques etc. The groups are open to all in the community and are not a specialized mental health group. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website www.placesofwelcome.org
The Phoenix Social Group
This is a service users’ run group. It meets at Wednesfield Residents and Community Rooms on Mondays between 12.30am and 3.00pm. Activities available include: – Pool, Board Games with Occasional speakers and Outings. Refreshments: – Tea, Coffee, Juice and Biscuits are available for a small charge. For more information phone: 07957648331.
Wolverhampton Information Network (WIN)
Wolverhampton Information Network (WIN) have information on a range of services available in Wolverhampton. The web address for WIN is www.wolverhamptonci.co.uk
For bus routes and timetables information contact Network West Midlands on 0845 303 6760 or Network website at www.Networkwestmidlands.com
Keeping well over winter, how GP online services can help
It’s important to look after yourself, especially over the winter months. The cold weather can be bad for your health, particularly the elderly and for people with long-term health conditions such as diabetes or heart diseases.
GP online services are available to help people better manage their health. These services enable patients to book GP appointments and request repeat prescriptions via their computer, smartphone or tablet at a time that suits them, anywhere, anytime – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Patients who require repeat prescriptions can request these from the comfort of their own home, rather than venturing out in the cold or wet weather to drop their request off at the practice. You will also be able to review which medication you should be taking, the dosage and when it should be taken – helping to improve your understanding of your medication.
See our Online Services page for more information.
If you, or anyone close to you, have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s then you are not alone. Parkinson’s UK, Wolverhampton office, offer friendship, advice and support in the form of a social group that meet once a month:
Wolverhampton Branch Parkinson’s UK, Action for Independence, Albert Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 4AD; Tel: 01902 714766. Meet once a month starting at 2.15pm
Fresh Approach (for the young onset of Parkinson’s), Woodfield Avenue Sports and Social Club, Woodfield Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV4 5SR; Tel: 01902 654214. Meet once a month, starting 6.30pm.
Contact them on the above numbers for further information or support.
Alternatively, Parkinson’s UK Helpline – 0808 800 0303
Going to University? Explanation of GP Registration
If you are going to university and you register with a GP there, then this will mean that you will no longer be registered at our practice, and your medical records will go to the GP you registered with near the university.
If you register with a GP near university, and you need to see a GP when you are at home in Wolverhampton, then we can still see you. You would need to register as a temporary resident, but we would not hold your complete up-to-date medical records as these will be with your new GP near the university.
If you would prefer to remain registered with us during this time then we are happy to keep you on our list.
City of Wolverhampton Council provides a Telecare service to support vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes and communities, and provides reassurance to individuals, carers and families 24/7.
Wolverhampton Telecare consists of a range of personal and environmental sensors that enable people to remain safe and independent in their own home for longer. It aims to provide reassurance 24 hours a day to those living on their own or caring for vulnerable people, helping you to stay safe and the right support in crisis situations.
More information can be found at: wolverhampton.gov.uk/win
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Your Green Medicine Bag
From 4 April 2016, West Midlands Ambulance Service will be using the regional Your Green Medicine Bags when bringing patients into hospitals in the West Midlands. The ‘Green Bag’ is simply a clearly designated, easily identifiable bag which can be used for transporting your medicines between and around your stay in hospital and your home.
The scheme aims to increase the number of patients in Wolverhampton bringing their own medicines into hospital whilst keeping them together in a readily identifiable container. Bringing your medicines into hospital helps the hospital staff understand what medicines you have been taking, supports the prescribing of appropriate medicines for you in hospital, avoids missed doses and supports continuity of care between GP and hospital treatment.
When you are discharged from hospital you will have sufficient medicines for up to 14 days, labelled with instructions for use. Remember to see your GP for further medication supplies within 10 days of leaving hospital.
The ‘Green Bags’ will be supplied by the Ambulance Service only. This is until August when phase two will commence. Phase two will bring the ability for GP admissions, A+E, Medical admissions, Hospital Pharmacies and Respiratory patients to be given Green Bags when they go into hospital.