Dr Karen Robinson
I am a local GP who is involved in training medical students, mentor for our clinical pharmacist and the clinical lead for prescribing in my practice. I am also the Clinical Lead for Prevention and Self Care for the North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG.
Over the past few years, I have become passionate about the benefits of ‘lifestyle changes’ which by keeping you happy and healthy make you feel better both emotionally and physically every day. Being able to plan and set your own goals empowers you to take charge and proudly create your own healthy future, no matter what your age.
‘Lifestyle changes’ include becoming more active, having a healthier diet, drinking less alcohol (all of which helps to lose weight), stopping smoking, reducing stress and getting enough rest. Lots of help is available locally that you can access directly yourself to help you plan and follow through one step at a time to achieve your goals.
'Lifestyle changes’ can prevent you getting to the point of needing medication and can even help you to come off some of the medication you may already be on. I have patients who are able to stop taking tablets to treat high blood pressure, diabetes or depression or stop needing an inhaler after changing their lifestyle. I want to help because Your Health Matters!
My main interests are lifestyle medicine, weight control, women’s health, family planning, child health, COPD and prescribing.
Prior to becoming a GP in 2003, I trained in hospital medicine including A&E, Paediatrics and Cardiology.
I qualified as a doctor in 1996 and hold post-graduate qualifications in Child Health (DCH), Sexual and Reproductive Health (DFSRH), am certified in insertion of coils and contraceptive implants, and hold Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP).
‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. (World Health Organisation, 1948)
Prevention is all about giving you tools and guidance to make your own decisions on improving your general health and preventing common but serious illnesses we see so much of today.
Self-care includes keeping fit, having a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, knowing that your pharmacist can help with treating minor ailments and how to take prescribed medicines to their best effect. If you have a long term condition, Self-care is about understanding and managing the long term condition, giving you the best opportunity to make the most of your life.
You can take responsibility by making daily ‘Lifestyle changes’. Support your friends and family to do the same. We can help you make changes that are right for you. It is much easier to do things together than alone.
Your Health Matters includes details of the many local sources of help that you can access directly yourself (self-referral) without seeing a health care professional first. You can self-refer to TalkPlus if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed or go the Teenage Safe Haven if you are aged 10-17 and want to talk to someone. You can self-refer to the Recovery College to attend courses to improve all aspects of health and wellbeing. You can self-refer to Quit4Life or Quit51 to help you stop smoking. Local help can also be accessed via a health care professional such as a referral to weight watchers or to a fitness centre on the NHS.
Remember, Your Health Matters!