Cowbridge: 01446 772383

Llantwit Major: 01446 794080

St Athan: 01446 751751

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) – advice for patients

The latest advice is to self-isolate for 7 days if you have a new continuous cough or high temperature.

If you live with other people, the entire household should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person gets symptoms.

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

If you are worried about symptoms of Coronavirus you should use the NHS Direct Wales online symptom checker at www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/COVID19

You should only call 111 if the symptom checker advises you to.

Please do not attend your GP surgery, community pharmacy or A&E department if you have any symptoms of Novel Coronavirus to stop the spread of infection.

You can help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus by ensuring you practise good hygiene. Cough and sneeze into a tissue, bin it and immediately wash your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.

For up to date advice please visit phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus

With immediate effect the Practice will only be offering telephone appointments, where the GP or Nurse will then decide whether you need to be seen at the surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chronic/Long Term Conditions

More and more people are now living with a chronic or long-term condition – a disease which is likely to require ongoing treatment and medication for many years, even decades.

The most common long-term conditions include asthma, diabetes (Types I and II), heart disease, epilepsy, arthritis, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and high blood pressure. However, people can suffer from much rarer conditions and you may suffer from multiple conditions.

Some people are born with a long-term condition, while others may have acquired their condition during childhood or as an adult. Some conditions are more likely to be associated with older people or those who are obese, smoke or drink too much.

The chances of developing a long-term condition increases with age, although you can minimise your risk of getting some diseases by staying active, watching your diet, not smoking and restricting your alcoholintake.

 

Managing your condition

If you have a long-term condition you are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital as people without. To help prevent this happening, it’s important you learn how to look after yourself.

Education Programmes for Patients (EPP Cymru) offers a free six-week course (one two-and-a-half hour session per week) to teach people with long-term conditions how to cope at home.

The course will help you to deal with any anger, fear and frustration you may be experiencing, and will help you cope with pain, tiredness, depression and stress. There is advice on healthy eating, relaxation techniques, exercise and how to talk to people, including health professionals, about your condition. The aim is to increase your confidence and encourage you to feel in control of your life again.

The courses are run throughout Wales by volunteer tutors who have personal experience of living with a long-term health condition.

 

Caring for someone with a long-term condition

Looking After Me is a six-week course (one two-and-a-half hour session per week) to help you find ways of looking after your own health while caring for someone else. You do not need to have a long-term condition yourself to take part.

For more information about both courses contact your local EPP Cymru Co-ordinator.

 

Adaptations and daily living aids

Over time, you may find you need adaptations to your home so that you can continue living there safely and independently. You may also need certain daily living aids to make life easier.

If you have a long-term condition, you won’t be charged VAT on certain products and services. For more information visit www.gov.uk.

 

Support from others

Many charities now run online forums where people with the same long-term conditions can talk to and support one another.

Contact Information

Cowbridge

Western Vale Family Practice

Cowbridge Health Centre

The Broad Shoard

Cowbridge

CF71 7DA

Tel. 01446 772383

Llantwit Major

The Clinic

Boverton Road

Llantwit Major

CF61 1XZ

Tel. 01446 794080

St Athan

The Surgery

The Square

St Athan

Barry

CF62 4PF

Tel. 011446 751751

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