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Self-care

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IVY GROVE HAS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED SELF-CARE

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, as 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.

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

YOUR OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SELF-CARE

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GET THE RIGHT HELP FOR YOUR CONDITION

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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.

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Durations of common conditions

7d 
14d 
21d 
TIME 

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

Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)

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.

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)

WANT 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.