Self-Care and Self-Refer

To help you look after yourselves here is a list of NHS and NHS affiliated resources covering a variety of conditions.

Using these resources can help you to keep your condition under control making living with it easier.

Links are to third party websites beyond the control of Willow Group. Most sites and apps are free but a few may have a small charge.

AsthmaAsthma UK feature resources for every step of a journey of a patient with asthma.  They offer a range of action plans for children and adults in multiple languages.  You will also find inhaler videos and a useful page on asthma attacks.  There is also a useful Asthma UK You Tube Channel with a range of patient videos.
AsthmaBritish Lung Foundation
–  a series of videos to support people with lung disease with exercise/rehabilitation.
– Resources on coping with breathlessness.
– Resources to support people who should go to pulmonary rehabilitation. 
– A series of resources online about a wide range of lung conditions, treatments and self care
Audiology Service

NHS Hearing Aid Self-Referral Pathway
If you are over 55 years of age, need a hearing test and are not already on an NHS hearing pathway, and think you might benefit from free NHS hearing aids, you can now self-refer to the local Audiology service.

In Portsmouth and South East area, Community Audiology service is provided by Scrivens Hearing Care.

There is no need to contact your GP, but please contact the chosen Scrivens Hearing Care Clinic directly.

You can also attend your local Scrivens Hearing branch for all aftercare and any additional assistance required. Scrivens Hearing branches are open six days a week and offer flexible service to meet the individual needs of each patient.

Hearing Service:

Check your eligibility:…/nhs-hearing/am-i-eligible-check/

Online Booking:

Customer Services: 0800 027 5102

St Mary’s Treatment Centre
Milton Road
Portsmouth PO3 6DW
Tel: 0800 027 5102

Scrivens, Havant
3 West Street
Havant PO9 1EH
Tel: 023 9248 3445

Scrivens, Gosport
103 High Street
Gosport PO12 1DS
Tel: 023 9258 1719

Scrivens, Waterlooville
6 The Precinct (The Boulevard)
London Rd
Waterlooville PO7 7DT
Tel: 023 9226 2054
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CancerOwise – Breast Cancer App
Personalised medical information, tracking functions, diary for well-being, medication, side affects. Clinicians can then use details recorded on app to inform treatment decisions. Free App.
ChildrenHealthier Together – a website for parents and carers, health care professionals and young people to access a range of advice and educational materials covering areas from maternity, to mental health in young people and information on accessing your local healthcare services.
ChildrenStaying Healthy For Kids (also for grown-ups!)
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG commissions NHS services from health providers including GP surgeries
COPD/AsthmaUCL Partner – further resource lists for people with conditions affecting their breathing.UCL Suggest Using Digital Tools listed here:
COPD/AsthmamyCOPD – helps people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) to better manage their condition. Use it to perfect your inhaler technique, improve your breathing, reduce exacerbations, track your medication and more.
CoronavirusCorona Help – web based chat bot that asks questions around symptoms and isolation to understand and mange the virus.
CoronavirusYour Covid Recovery – information resources for patients, carers and parents on the effects of covid19 and it’s lasting impact. Details on how to manage symptoms including breathlessness, fatigue, anxiety and many others.
DiabetesDigibete is a single point of access for various information resources with regard to Diabetes. DigiBete is a video platform to share videos and educational resources. The content is designed to help support children, young people and families self-manage their own diabetes by extending the reach of clinical teams online. Digibete aim to increase Education, Awareness and Training for Type 1 but are not a substitute for diabetes specialist HCPs. Digibete is a collaboration between clinical teams and a parent led initiative. The creation of this site together is a reflection of the wider values of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
DiabetesMy Type 1 Diabetes – searchable resources including videos and leaflets, and multi-language content.
Health and WellbeingCouch to 5k – free app that tracks progress, speeds, uses intervals to build up to stamina and achieve 5k goal.
Health and WellbeingBetter Health – educational and resource platform to help inprove diet and fitness. Includes diet plans and fitness videos. Available as a free app.
Health and WellbeingActive 10 – Walking tracker app, step counter etc. Part of the One You range.
HIVTerence Higgins Trust – support and information regarding
KidneyH2O Overload – Includes easy-to-use tools to track your daily fluid intake, weight, and blood pressure. Helps you understand the link between kidney disease, heart disease, and hyponatremia Alerts you if your blood pressure or weight reaches a level that requires notifying your healthcare provider. Provides helpful medical information about hyponatremia and its risk factors, symptoms, treatments, when to call a doctor, and much more.
LGBTQ+ Support ServicesLGBT Foundation – LGBTQ+ support
0345 3 30 30 30
LGBTQ+ Support ServicesThe Proud Trust (Manchester) – support for LGBTQ+
LGBTQ+ Support ServicesGalop (London/National) – LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline0800 999 5428
LGBTQ+ Support ServicesStonewall (National) – general
LGBTQ+ Support ServicesMermaids (National) – support for trans patients including
Management of Long Term ConditionsHealth Unlocked – Online communities for patients with long term conditions; allowing patients to share and discuss in online forums – a social network for health. Commissioned in association with the NHS and healthcare foundations.
MaternityFamily Assist – designed to act as a library of trusted evidence-based information which can be accessed at any time, from your phone, tablet or PC, and will also send key pieces of information by e-mail which is sent to registered users at the relevant stages throughout pregnancy and the early stages of a child’s life according to a mother’s due date or the age of a child.
Mental HealthEvery Mind Matters – located within the NHS One You website, this resource includes educational materials on videos on anxiety and depression as well as tips on how to manage low mood.
Mental HealthThink Ninja – a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well.
Mental HealthChat Health – Confidential text messaging service for children and young people.
MSK/Chronic PainPain Toolkit – Recommended by the Royal College of GPs – Pain Toolkit features online workshops, webinars and podcasts on how to manage chronic pain, and offers exercise programmes.
MSK/Chronic PainLive well with Pain – website developed by clinicians for patients living with chronic pain. Recommended by the Royal College of GPs. Features educational resources, goal setting tasks, details on pain medication etc.
MSK/Physio Self-referralsThe Southern Health musculoskeletal service accepts self-referrals from patients with neck, back, shoulder and knee conditions. Southern Health MSK Service
Self-referral form
Multiple ConditionsLiva Digital Health Coaching – Various conditions can be managed through Livas digital health coaching programmes – obesity, diabetes, COPD, heart disease. Tailored diet and exercise programmes depending on your condition.
Older PersonsSupport Hampshire – Commissioned by Hampshire County Council – offers hints and tips on how to manage your health and well-being. Offers local information of groups, activates and services.
SmokingSmokefree Hampshire – Track progress measures in days smoke free, cigarettes not smoked, money saved. Sets twice daily missions and rewards and help patients stay smoke free.
NHS App LibraryThe NHS App library includes 100 apps covering a range if disciplines including maternity, mental health and diabetes. Each app listed in the library has passed an assessment carried out by NHS Digital. Some apps listed are fee paying. There is search bar for clinicians or patients to enter a condition and seek relevant apps.