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WHAT IS THIS PAGE FOR?
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This page provides useful information you might need to try self-care for your condition.

Self-care remains an important first step for managing many common conditions before contacting health services.

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IVY GROVE ALWAYS PROMOTES SELF-CARE
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We have always promoted self-care, through our practice philosophy, and the information, both verbal and written, that we provide to our patients. Here we collect all resources in one area so that you may easily find out who, or what you may need for your condition. Please review this page for advice and links to useful resources that may help you. If you still need to see us, please visit our appointments page for information

THE NHS NOW OFFICIALLY ENDORSES SELF-CARE

The NHS now officially endorses self-care, as outlined in the 'GP Forward View' and '10 High Impact Actions' and with processes such as 'Active Signposting'.

These initiatives are all designed to reduce unncessary workload in General Practice because demand for services has reached unmanageable levels, leading to long waits, unhappy patients and unhappy staff.

Up to 4 out of 10 patients seeing us might not need to, because they are seeing the wrong person, or could have tried self-care or referred themselves to others without needing to see the GP first. Use our website to direct you in getting the right help, and choose well, based on your symptom or condition.

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GET THE RIGHT HELP LEAFLET
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OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SELF-CARE
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ACCESS TO A GP IS NOW VIA ECONSULT
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Access to a GP is now via the eConsult online consultation service. This involves completing a simple online form to get advice and treatment from us.

If you need help from us, or want to find out more, please go to our eConsult page or type the shortcut ivy.gs/econsult.

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LOW MOOD, ANXIETY OR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?
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There has been a huge increase in numbers of patients whose mental health and wellbeing have been affected due to the current situation.

We urge anyone affected during these extremely difficult times to please visit the dedicated section we have set up on mental health resources and support or type ivy.gs/covid-mentalhealth.

You can also download our information leaflet on self-help, counselling and other support, including what to do in a crisis.

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WINTER ILLNESS ADVICE
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Help yourself get through winter by visiting our dedicated winter illness page, which has many resources and links to helpful sites and leaflet downloads.

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WINTER ILLNESS ADVICE

Help yourself get through winter by visiting our dedicated winter illness page, which has many resources and links to helpful sites and leaflet downloads

Durations of common conditions

Many conditions seen in General Practice do actually get better by themselves with self-care. Find out typical durations of some common conditions below.

Durations of
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Durations of common conditions

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21d 
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Earache
4 days

Sore throat
1 week

Common cold
7-10 days

Flu
2 weeks

Runny/blocked nose
1 to 2½ weeks

Sinusitis
2½ weeks

Cough
3 weeks

Durations of Common Conditions

Aches, pains, injuries and sprains

 

WE ARE NOT FUNDED TO PROVIDE A MINOR INJURIES SERVICE

In the event of any falls, trips or injuries, we advise attendance at the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Ripley Hospital, Slack Lane, Ripley. The practice is not funded to provide any minor injuries service and any patient presenting with problems that are within the remit of the MIU will be politely asked to attend there. See below.

Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)

Conditions that are seen at MIU include:

  • Bites and stings
  • Burns and scalds
  • Cuts and grazes
  • Foreign bodies in the skin
  • Minor head injuries
  • Minor wound infections
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Sprains and strains (including whiplash and back injuries)

Help to stop smoking

Patients are welcome to refer themselves to a free local Derbyshire service for advice and treatment. A GP referral is not required. Visit the Live Life Better Derbyshire website or ring 0800 085 2299.

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