Your health

Do you sometimes wonder where to go with an urgent problem?

If you suspect a heart attack or stroke you should call 999 directly.

Accident and Emergeny is the place if you have a major accident like a broken bone or any other serious injury.

If you have a less serious injury, or you are unsure if your problem requires hospital attendance it is always best to contact us first at the surgery, or at our out of hours service in Biggleswade Hospital. Many less serious problems can be dealt with quickly by your own doctor or practice nurse. If you need subsequent attendance at the hospital, you may well get referred straight to the appropriate specialist, so that you don't have to wait in a busy Accident and Emergency department. Apart from being seen more quickly and locally, you can also save the NHS and your practice much needed funds which will go straight back into patient care.

Your pharmacist may also be able to give you advice on medication and minor ailments. Below you find can some links and advice on web-based resources that you may find useful.

NHS Choices has a wide range of information covering all aspects of health, from newborns to the elderly. You can find vaccination schedules, advice for common and not so common illnesses, advice for carers and health news. The tools page has some useful guides and tools for a variety of things.

The NHS Constitution - The NHS is founded on a common set of principles and values that bind together the communities and people it serves – patients and public – and the staff who work for it. This Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England.  It sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, and pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve, together with responsibilities which the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively.

All NHS bodies and private and third sector providers supplying NHS services are required by law to take account of this Constitution in their decisions and actions.  The Constitution will be renewed every 10 years, with the involvement of the public, patients and staff.

 

NHS Direct provides information on NHS services and helps you to make best use of the NHS resources.

Further sites you may find interesting are

BBC Health
Travel health
Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Bedford Hospital
Lister Hospital, Stevenage
Diabetes UK
Best Treatments
Age Concern
RNIB
National Asthma UK
British Epilepsy Association
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Family Planning Association
SANDS
The Samaritans
Child Line


Medicine is changing all the time and it is sometimes difficult to make sense of what is on offer. The IM&T subgroup of the Medical Practitioner Committee produced some tips on how to use health information:

  1. Always seek a balanced view. Never rely on information from just one site.
  2. Check that documents can also be found in a journal or library. Anyone can publish anything on the Internet - it is far more difficult to get something published in a scientific journal.
  3. Authors should be identified and credentials and qualifications listed.
  4. Looked for references on the site to other credited material.
  5. Look for evidence that the site is regularly updated. The date the information was published should be made obvious.
  6. Look for advertising or commercial links. The backer may influence the opinion expressed.
  7. Look for balance of opinion on a range of issues - opinionated sites could be 'single-issue mavericks'.
  8. Be wary of anything that criticises or disparages.
  9. Look for evidence of an editorial board.
  10. Avoid on-line consultations or diagnoses.
  11. Check a site's statements on privacy and confidentiality.
  12. Be wary of miracle cures.

Some sites that look critically at health, science and health politics can make interesting reading.

These are a few you may find interesting:

www.badscience.net
bengoldacre.posterous.com
www.badmed.net
nhsvault.blogspot.com