'Self-care' looking after you and your family
Self-care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help, and when to get advice from your GP or another health professional.
Common conditions and minor ailments such as colds and flu, upset stomachs, and aches and pains are generally not serious health problems for most patients. You can easily treat yourself at home, or with advice from a local pharmacist, helping you to feel better sooner and avoid unnecessary trips to your GP or A&E department.
The NHS.uk website has a wealth of useful information on self-care support and links to information on specific health conditions, from commonly occurring symptoms to long-term conditions.
Here are some simple self-care steps everyone can follow:
Stock up on self-care essentials
A well-stocked medicine cabinet can be used to treat most minor ailments and should include:
- Paracetamol and aspirin, and equivalent syrups (such as Calpol) for children
- Mild laxatives to relieve constipation
- Re-hydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting
- Indigestion remedy
- Thermometer to check for fever
- Range of bandages, plasters, elastic bandages and dressings
- Antiseptic cream
- Tweezers and sharp scissors
All the above are available from your local pharmacy or supermarket at a low cost – no prescription or GP appointment required. Further information on medicine cabinet essentials can be found on the NHS.uk website.
Download the NHS App
The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the NHS App to:
- get your NHS COVID Pass
- get advice about COVID-19
- order repeat prescriptions
- book appointments
- get health advice using the health A-Z on the NHS website
- find out what to do when they need help urgently using NHS 111 online
- view your health record
- register your organ donation decision
Find out more about self-care for common conditions
The Self Care Forum has produced a series of factsheets to help you take care of the most common conditions. These provide useful facts about your condition, what you can expect to happen, how to help yourself, when you should see your GP, and where to find out more information.
1. Back Pain
10. Sore throat
Resources for practices
Self-care Week 2021A4 Poster (Practise Self-Care For Life)
Self-care Week 2021 Press Release
General Self-care resources
Self-care - GP video
Self-care - Pharmacist Video
Home Care is Best Poster
Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinetPoster