Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.

The Balham Park Surgery Patient Group has worked hard to produce great content to help promote self care. Take a look at their presentation below!

Dr Taryn Walker has also produced a podcast talking about all things related to self care and advice for self care during Covid-19.

Self Care starts at home

Put your healthcare at the forefront of your priorities

Welcome to our new page!

It is important to look after your health and make healthy living choices to minimise the risk of avoidable long term health complications in the future.

This page was inspired and driven by our incredible Patient Group for Self Care Week. Currently you can view the Self Care Presentation created by the Patient Group themselves and listen to a podcast created by Balham Park Surgery GP Dr Taryn Walker.

This page will be added to and will aim to give you self care tips, share experiences and advice from our patients and our GPs and make you aware of local services available.

Self Care Week Presentation created by the Balham Park Surgery Patient Group

Self Care Week Podcast

By Dr Taryn Walker – GP at Balham Park Surgery


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Menopause Podcast

By Dr Tulasi Chadalavada – GP at Balham Park Surgery

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Menopause Podcast

Living a healthy lifestyle is an important component to achieving your optimal mental and physical well being. It also works to reduce your risk of long term conditions and serious life limiting diseases.

Check out the NHS Website’s Live Well page for information on: 

  • Healthy Weight
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Eating Well
  • Mental Well being
  • Healthy Body
  • Sexual Health
  • Stop Smoking
  • Alcohol Support

As well as living healthily, it is vital for people to attend any cancer screening programmes they may eligible for, such as Cervical Screening, Breast Screening and Bowl Cancer Screening. Early detection of cancers through theses programmes helps to save many many lives each year!

You can read more about the NHS cancer screening programmes here

There are many self help treatments for minor conditions which patients can use before seeking medical help.

Below are links to fact sheets and advice from the “Self Care Forum” or NHS Website.

Please note these resources were not created by Balham Park Surgery  

Minor Ailments/ Illnesses

Sexual Health

Sexual Health South West London – for sexual health and contraception  Tel: 0333 300 2100


Sexual Health London – where patients can request postal swabs for STDs