How can you best use online help to manage any health issues?
The NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) website can help you make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, stopping smoking or getting fit. It also has lots of information on a wide range of illnesses. You may have been diagnosed with a condition - such as asthma, diabetes or a heart problem - that can’t be cured, but can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes and NHS Choices can help you understand more about your condition. NHS Choices also has a series of symptom checkers. The site will also tell you, based on your symptoms, the best course of action to take, whether that’s managing the symptoms yourself right through to going to A&E. In most instances self-care is the best option, but this website will give you the confidence that it’s the right thing to do.
LifeCheck (www.nhs.uk/lifecheck ) is a free, and very quick, service which gives bespoke advice on changes you can make to improve your health. Questions about age, weight, height and lifestyle help the programme decide what aspects of your lifestyle are good, and where and how improvements can be made.
Self Care Forum
Self Care Forum Get involved with other patients and health experts to better manage your own health condition at www.selfcareforum.org/
Advice for Winter
Advice for Winter (www.getwellEssex.com) get top tips for keeping you or your family well this Winter, and where to go if you do need medical support.