Self-Help Resources & Information

Self-Help Resources & Information

Please explore these pages for information on a range of topics.  You will find links to medical, social and community information. Improving knowledge and enabling self-management of a range of issues.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Local Community Groups

Carer Information

Screening

Lifestyle

Chronic Conditions

Common Ailments Self-Help

Future Planning

Women’s Health

Spirometry

Parent and Guardian Information

Safeguarding


Local Community Groups

Local Area Coordinators help anyone to build relationships within their community.  Please see Ronan Ruddy’s flyer (Gorseinon’s Local Area Coordinator) for more information on the support and pop-up cafes available in the area. 

The Local Area Coordinators support older people, disabled people, people with mental health problems and their family and carers to feels safer and more confident in the future and to stay strong and connected.

Community Transport Car Scheme

Promoting community, activity, social inclusion, community cohesion, regeneration, health and well-being.

People are eligible to use the scheme if they are elderly or have restricted mobility, and cannot make the journey by any other means.

(01792) 899933 | gorseinonscheme@aol.co.uk

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/carschemes


Carer Information

Please let us know if you area a carer by completing the form (via the button below) and returning it to us at reception, by post or via email.  This form is also available at the surgery reception.

Swansea Carers Centre provides support and information to carers. YMCA Swansea Young Carers Service provides support and information for young carers aged 8-18 in Swansea.  For further information please see the website.


Screening:

Public Health Wales delivers the following population based national screening programmes across Wales:

  • Cervical screening Wales
  • Breast test Wales
  • Bowel screening Wales
  • Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme
  • Diabetic Eye Screening Wales
  • Newborn Bloodspot Screening Wales
  • Antenatal Screening Wales
  • Newborn Hearing Screening Wales

Please find further information regarding these screening programmes here.  Public Health Wales will contact eligible people directly to offer screening tests when they are due.


Chronic Conditions Information:

If you are living with a chronic health condition this can have a huge impact both mentally and physically on you and those close to you.   Education and understanding is extremely important.  Please find some helpful links and information within this section.

Dementia

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/about/

https://www.dementia.com/

There are a number of agencies throughout Swansea providing support and activities to help people living with dementia and their carers including ‘Forget Me Not Clubs’, ‘Musical Memories Choir’ and ‘Singing for the Brain.’  Please see the following links for additional information including times and locations for these groups:

http://www.forgetmenotclubs.com/

http://www.forgetmenotclubs.com/clubs.php

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk

https://www.dementiafriendlyswansea.org/social/

Asthma

https://www.asthma.org.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/

If you are experiencing symptoms suggestive of a possible respiratory condition a doctor or nurse may suggest you attend for a Spirometry test to assess your lung function.  For information on this test and what it involves please read our leaflet

Cancer

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer

https://www.cancersupport.wales/

COPD

https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/copd/what-is-copd

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd/

Coronary Heart Disease

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/conditions/coronary-heart-disease

Diabeties and Pre-Diabetes

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/prediabetes

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Diabetes/

Advice sheet for patients who have been newly diagnosed with type II diabetes: https://tyrfelinsurgery.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/advice-for-people-with-type-ii-diabetes.pdf

Pocket medic short films: http://pocketmedic.org/

Education Programme for Patients (EPP)

Swansea Bay University Health Board has a number of structured courses available for self-referral.  Topics covered include:-

  • Health and wellbeing for adults with any long-term condition
  • Cancer Thriving and Surviving Course
  • Diabetes self-management
  • Pain self-management course
  • Managing long term conditions at work

Click here to access Swansea Bay’s 2019 free EPP self-management courses.

Hypertension

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/information-and-support/living-with-a-liver-condition/liver-conditions/non-alcohol-related-fatty-liver-disease/

Osteoarthritis

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteoarthritis/

Osteoporosis

https://theros.org.uk/information-and-support/

Rheumatoid Arthritis

https://www.nras.org.uk/the-inflammatory-arthritis-patient-information-pathway

Stroke

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/conditions/stroke


Common Ailments Self-Help:

Common ailments can often be managed by yourself at home sometimes requiring medicines available over the counter from your local pharmacy or supermarket. Please see the following links to NHS information about some common mild conditions.

Acne  | Back pain | Boils and nail infections | Colds | Chest Infection | Conjunctivitis | Constipation | Cough | Cystitis & kidney infections | Diarrhoea | Earache | Eczema & dermatitis | Flu | Hand, Foot, Mouth | Head Lice | Haemorrhoids | Hayfever | Headache | Heartburn and indigestion | Impetigo | Meningitis | Migraine | Mouth Ulcers | Mumps | Nasal congestion | Psoriasis | Rashes, Warts & Other skin conditions | Rubella (German Measles) | Scarlet Fever | Slapped Cheek | Sore throats | Sprains and strains | Temperature – What is a Temperature, how should I treat it, when should I become worried? | Threadworms | Sore Throat | Water infections | Warts & Verrucas | Whooping Cough


Future Planning:

Advance care planning (ACP) is the term used to describe the conversation between people, their families and carers and those looking after them about their future wishes and priorities for care.

The aim is to support adults at any stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals and preferences regarding future medical care. 

ACP now involves consideration of three possible decisions:

  • Advance statements.
  • Advance decision to refuse treatment.
  • Lasting power of attorney

Further information can be found on the links below:

Dying Matters is an organisation aimed to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Sharing and Involving” – Information for patients and their carers to help make decisions about CPR (cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

Information on Advance Decisions (Living Wills)

Information on Power of Attorney


Women’s Health:

Contraception

For clear information on the different methods of contraception please read the information available from the Family Planning Association.

Which method is right for me? https://www.sexwise.fpa.org.uk/contraception/which-method-contraception-right-me

Long-acting, reversible contraception (such as the implant and injection): https://www.sexwise.fpa.org.uk/contraception/long-acting-reversible-contraception-larc

Or for information on continuous pill taking – please see our advice leaflet.

Planning a Pregnancy

NHS pregnancy and baby guide: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/planning-pregnancy/

Or access more pregnancy guides here: https://www.sexwise.fpa.org.uk/planning-pregnancy

Menopause

Menopause Matters provides up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options: https://www.menopausematters.co.uk/

The Menopause Exchange gives independent advice about the menopause, midlife and post-menopausal health.  https://menopause-exchange.co.uk/

Unplanned Pregnancy

For information and advice, click here.

Or visit: https://www.sexwise.fpa.org.uk/unplanned-pregnancy


Information for Parents and Guardians:

Infant Crying

ICON is a programme that provides information about infant crying and how to cope. The website may provide information that you or parents you know may find useful: https://iconcope.org/

Sleep and Night Time Care

For parents who wish to make information choices about infant-sleep and night time care: BASIS – Baby Sleep Information Source (basisonline.org.uk)

Family Breakdown

Two Wishes is a non-profit international organisation dedicated to the wellbeing of children and families and to reimagining family breakdown, for the sake of our kids.

The primary focus is to protect children exposed to family breakdown by building healthier families and transforming how we all think about, and deal with, family breakdown, separation and divorce.

The relationships that children develop with their parents and other carers are critical to their future wellbeing. 

Two Wishes – Healthy families. For life.


Safeguarding:

Reporting a Concern

Has the baby you are caring for been identified as having a bruise or mark requiring further investigation? Report a concern via the West Glamorgan Safeguarding Board: http://www.wgsb.wales/21942

Safe Havens

All Fire Stations in Mid and West Wales are safe havens:

  • Gorseinon Fire Station, West Street, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4AG
  • Morriston Fire Station, Sway Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 6JA
  • Pontardulais Fire Station, 5 Tyn-y-Bonau Road, Pontardulais, Swansea, SA4 8RS
  • Reynoldston Fire Station, St. George’s Terrace, Reynoldston, Swansea, SA3 1AB
  • Swansea Central Fire Station, The Strand, Swansea, SA1 2AW
  • Swansea West Fire Station, Sketty Lane, Swansea, SA2 8QF

Family Breakdown

Two Wishes is a non-profit international organisation dedicated to the wellbeing of children and families and to reimagining family breakdown, for the sake of our kids. The primary focus is to protect children exposed to family breakdown by building healthier families and transforming how we all think about, and deal with, family breakdown, separation and divorce. The relationships that children develop with their parents and other carers are critical to their future wellbeing. www.twowishes.org/


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