Self Help


The 'Live Well', 'Common Health Questions' and 'Conditions A-Z' links in the side menu bar will provide useful information on a variety of health matters. In addition we have compiled a list of self help resources which include links to the local Health Board self-referral schemes and other useful websites to which our Doctors may refer you when they see you.

Reliable Health Advice

ABUHB Do I need a Doctor?

This is for patients living within Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area and aims to direct you to the most appropriate care. Once the assessment is completed (usually within 3 minutes) you will be directed either on the most appropriate healthcare professional to call or to self care advice.

ABUHB Patient Leaflets

All Wales 'Patient Information Leaflets' ordered by clinical specialty

NHS Choices

The official NHS website providing information on symptoms, conditions, medicines and treatments. A very easy to use website with A-Z format for easy look-up and links to additional resources.

Patient Info

Another useful website for patient friendly summaries that allow patients to look up further information. 'Condition' leaflets contain useful diagrams and answer many commonly asked questions and avoids the pitfalls of generic internet searches which may result in misinformation.

Choose Well

The Choose well site contains useful information on common conditions with which people present to a GP. It gives useful tips on self management that may allow symptoms to be effectively treated without seeing a Doctor or Nurse.

The 'Manchester' site gives useful factsheets for common ailments affecting children and adults.

The 'Wales' site provides a search function to allow you to locate services within our area.

Self Care Forum

The Self Care Forum Fact Sheets for common ailments aim to help clinicians and patients discuss issues around self care within the practice consultation and especially how to handle the symptoms in the future. They provide patients with information around:

  • Useful facts
  • What patients can expect to happen (the natural history)
  • What people can do to help themselves – now and in the future
  • When to seek medical help (the ‘red flags’)
  • Where to find out more

Dental Problems

ABUHB Dental Helpline

If you require an emergency dental appointment or are seeking to register with an NHS dentist for routine treatment, please call the Dental Helpline on 01633 744387. The link below gives further information should you require it.

Domestic Abuse

Live Fear Free Website

Live Fear Free is a Welsh Government website, providing information and advice for those suffering with violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.This is primarily a helpline for those suffering with domestic abuse and sexual violence, but you can call them regarding any form of violence against women and they will refer you to a service in your area.

Live Fear Free Helpline: 0808 8010 800 Email:

Drug and Alcohol Problems

Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service (GDAS)

GDAS operates from a wide variety of local bases throughout Gwent. They also operate within community venues and offer an outreach service.

To find out where GDAS is working near you please get in touch via the single point of contact telephone number on: 03339 993 577 or visit the website at

Eye Problems

Eye Care Wales

If you have problems with eye pain or disturbance to your vision the local optician or optometrist can see you within 24 hours or refer you to someone who can. The link below gives further details on the Wales Eye Care service

Mental Health

ABUHB Road to Wellbeing

ABUHB offers a number of free self help classes to which patients can refer themselves to help with symptoms related to stress, anxiety and low mood.

A link to other valuable online resources, including advice on useful mobile CBT apps and websites is as follows

Royal College of Psychiatry Sleep Advice Leaflet

If you have trouble sleeping - or know someone who has - this leaflet may be helpful. It covers some common problems with sleep, as well as some more unusual ones. There are some simple tips on how to sleep better, and how to decide if you need more help.

Muscle & Joint Problems

Arthritis UK

Useful exercise regimes to manage pain related to joints can be obtained from the following link on the Arthritis Research UK website.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee (OAK) Patient Education Course

A self help course for patients with persistent knee pain related to Osteoarthritis. Patients or clinicians may phone directly on 01495 241257 or email

Sexual Health & Family Planning

ABUHB Sexual Health Service

A free open access, integrated service based in community sites all over Gwent. Clinics are open six days a week, including early evening and Satruday afternoons in some areas. There is no need to book an appointment, all clinics are 'walk-in' and you don't need to be referred by your doctor

ABUHB Vasectomy Self Referral

If you are thinking about having a vasectomy you can now refer yourself for this, you don’t need to be referred by your doctor. The first step is to ring 01633 431709. The following link provides further information including a short DVD outlining further details around the procedure.

Travel Advice & Vaccinations

If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.

In the UK, the childhood vaccination programme protects you against a number of diseases, but doesn't cover most of the infectious diseases found overseas.

You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you'll be visiting on these two websites:

Some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter.

Your Neighbourhood Professionals. Just a Click Away!