Dr Know – Happy New Year
Happy new year to everyone in Southwark. This is usually the time of year at lot of us start thinking about our health, whether that be New Year's resolutions to lose weight, exercise more or stop smoking. There are lots of resources out there to help you improve your health and help you live longer, healthier lives and a good place to start is the public health pages of Southwark Council's website or www.nhs.uk.
Your pharmacist and GP can also help with advice and support to help you live a healthier life, as well as treatment if you are unwell, especially over the winter months.
The best place to go for health care advice or remedies is a local pharmacy. Pharmacists don't just dispense prescriptions: they are qualified health professionals who can assess symptoms, provide guidance and reassurance, and recommend over-the-counter medication.
Many pharmacies are open on evenings and weekends. Just walk in, you don't need an appointment. You can have a confidential consultation with the pharmacist in a private room.
If your condition needs the attention of a GP or another healthcare professional, the pharmacist will recognise this.
It is also important that every member of your household is registered with a GP practice. This is free and easy and vital in making sure you get the best health and care and support.
Your GP will be able to help you with everything from general advice to helping manage long term health conditions. They will also refer you to other services in hospital and the community if it is necessary.
You can register temporarily with a GP if you are a student or homeless, if you are an overseas visitor, here longer than 24 hours but less than 3 months, an asylum seeker or refugee, or on a work visa.
You can find out more about registering with a GP at www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/gps/
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2020.