An online patient questionnaire developed by North Yorkshire County Council has developed an easy to use online tool designed to help patients and their carers find out for themselves about the support available to help with daily living tasks.
It’s a series of multiple choice questions designed to help people make informed choices about how they can meet their care and support needs. With around 140,000 people out of a population of 600,000 aged over 65, and 19,000 aged over 85, the County Council has to use resources as efficiently as possible to help manage their daily needs. The online questions help people to find out quickly and conveniently about what support is available; ways to help themselves; and recommends useful sources of information. The self assessment tool is suitable for anyone who thinks they may need some help with daily living – relatives, friends and neighbours can also fill in the assessment on behalf of someone, with their consent. The tool can be used by patients who live in North Yorkshire.
Depending on the answers given, patients or their representatives are directed to sites and tools such as North Yorkshire Connect, which offers local information, advice and support (www.northyorkshireconnect.org.uk ) and ‘AskSara’, which provides useful information about products that make daily living easier (https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/advice-and-support-helpdaily-living ) Please direct patients and their carers to the online assessment as a first port of call – they can find it by going to the www.northyorks.gov.uk home page and clicking on ‘Help with daily living’. The questionnaire will help them to find out what support is available – it’s easy to do, in their own home, at a time to suit them. Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can go to their local library to do the assessment. They can also ring ahead to request help to complete the form.
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
If you have been asked to keep a diary of your blood pressure at home, please click on the link below to print this off.
These pages contain useful general information about medicines.
Further information is widely available online. Alternatively your local community pharmacist is happy to discuss and give support for minor ailments and prescribed medications.
Community pharmacists can discuss and recommend medicines to treat a wide variety of conditions, they can also refer you to your GP if they feel a further review is appropriate.
Reputable sources of medicines information online are:
Patient information on conditions and medication: www.patient.info
NHS website: www.NHS.uk
Medicines for children: www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk
Medication side effect reporting: https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/the-yellow-card-scheme/
As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.
Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.
We suggest you keep the following:
- Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
- Mild laxatives
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
- Rehydration mixture
- Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
- Travel sickness tablets
- Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
- Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
- Tweezers and sharp scissors
- A thermometer
- A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings
- Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
- Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
- Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
- Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy