Self Care

What is self-care?

Self-care means keeping fit and healthy, as well as knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when you need it.

If you have a long-term condition, self-care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it. Many patients make appoint­ments to see their doc­tor or nurse, when they could be using a well-stocked med­i­cines cab­i­net or vis­it­ing a local phar­ma­cist to treat their symp­toms – and get­ting the same help or advice a lot quicker.

Self-care is the very best choice you can make for treat­ing very minor ill­nesses and injuries.

Why is self-care good for you?

Empowering people with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, and visit the GP when they need to, gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long-term.

In many cases people can take care of their minor ailments, reducing the number of GP consultations and enabling GPs to focus on caring for higher risk patients, such as those with comorbidities (more than one condition), the very young and elderly, managing long-term conditions and providing new services.

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As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

Non-urgent advice: We suggest you keep the following:

Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)

Mild laxatives

Anti-diarrhoeal medicines

Rehydration mixture

Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)

Travel sickness tablets

Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher

Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)

Tweezers and sharp scissors

A thermometer

A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Non-urgent advice: Remember:

Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children

Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose

Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date

Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy