Information for patients

NHS inform – for everyday questions about health

Finding the right health and care information can make a real difference to how people manage their wellbeing. Making information accessible, quality assured and up to date helps people to make positive choices.

NHS inform (www.nhsinform.scot) is Scotland's dedicated resource offering up-to-date facts on health, services and campaigns. It also has a wealth of information available online, over the telephone or via webchat:

  • tests and treatments
  • illnesses and conditions
  • injuries
  • healthy living (including stopping smoking, screening and keeping active)
  • care, support and health rights

One of the many great features of the new website is that people can personalise the information that's relevant to them using the 'Info for Me' tool. People can also interact and find out about specific conditions in community forums using the 'Health Unlocked' facility. Of course, there is always the option to talk to the health information team by telephone or using webchat.

Want to try the new service? Visit: http://www.nhsinform.scot or call: 0800 22 44 88

Dance for Health

Strathearn Arts are excited to be launching an online dance class Dance for Health. The class will be run by Janice Fraser and will benefit those with mobility and other issues - including those who are shielding; with certain types of cancer; arthritis; Parkinson’s; depression; early-stage dementia; or, recovering from illness or major surgery.

We have received funding to run this class three times a week and these classes will (at least initially) be running via Zoom. They will be free to attend.

The benefits are not just for physical health, the social element of each class is proving extremely important for tackling social isolation and emotional wellbeing, particularly in a time where many people are more isolated than normal.  

These classes are designed to be accessible for all and can easily cater for those who are unable, or do not wish to stand for the duration of the class. Janice is very keen to adapt the classes to suit those who attend.

We would like to emphasise that there is technical support available for those who might have difficulties getting online and would encourage questions about this support to be directed to this email address megan@strathearnarts.org  or to 07789 639 956.‚Äč

Dance for Health information sheet (.pdf, 310KB)

Dance for Health Poster (.pdf, 276KB)

Chronic Pain

Chronic or persistent pain is commonly defined as any pain which lasts more than 12 weeks. whereas acute pain is the normal sensation which alerts us to an injury or illness. Chronic pain affects 1 in 5 people in Scotland and can affect all ages and all parts of the body. When suffering with chronic pain, it can affect every aspect of life.  The following resources are good for understanding chronic pain and provide practical suggestions to help you manage pain.

Understanding pain – what to do in less than 5 minutes.  This explains about pain and provides background information and practical steps to manage chronic pain.

https://www.paintoolkit.org/resources/videos-for-professionals

Tame the Beast – Its time to rethink persistent pain (5 minute clip)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikUzvSph7Z4

Chronic Pain Toolkit (10 min) This provides 12 handy tips and tools to support individuals to manage persistent pain.  https://youtu.be/pbqrM8W7D48

12 tips to understand self pain management

1.    Acceptance

2.    Building a support team

3.    Pacing

4.    Prioritising

5.    Setting Goals

6.    Be Patient

7.    Relaxation

8.    Exercising

9.    Track Progress

10.  Setback Plans

11.  Team Work

12.  Daily Practice

Pain Association Scotland has a lot of really useful resources on their website

https://painassociation.co.uk/

What is chronic pain?

  • Pain lasting more than 12 weeks.
  • Can  affect all ages and
  • Any part of the body.
  • Affects 1 in 5 of Scottish Population

Chronic pain can affect many aspects of life including:

  • Sleep
  • Relationships
  • Ability to work
  • Ability to engage with activities you previously enjoyed

There are self management tools which can help you continue your daily activities despite your pain.

What’s in your pain toolkit?

  • Doing more of the things you enjoy
  • Keeping as active as you can
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Improving Sleep
  • Mood management
  • Managing stress
  • Pacing activities
  • Medication alongside these to allow you to better manage your pain
  • TENs machines and  hot water bottles can help
  • Apps such as mindspace
  • Relaxation
  • Music
  • Kindness to yourself
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