GP Practices are encouraged to raise awareness to patients on how they can self care to improve their lifestyles and reduce the risk of patients becoming unwell or help to manage their long term conditions better. Empowering individuals to self care has many benefits for short term and long term health and this is important since people are living longer.
Self care means looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it’s brushing your teeth, taking medicine when you have a cold, or doing some exercise.
If you have a long-term condition, there are extra things you may need to consider, such as making changes to your diet, different types of exercise or different types of medication you may need to take.
Self care also means staying active by doing things that are important to you, such as gardening, seeing friends and family, going on holiday, or continuing to work, if possible. It involves looking at what you can do and want to do, rather than what you can’t do.
Self care doesn’t mean you get less help from your doctor. The healthcare team is still there to support you.
For more information on Self Care, please visit the NHS Choices website - http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/Yourhealth/Pages/Whatisselfcare.aspx
What can I do to get better this winter?
Please click on the helpful guide on how long you can expect the symptoms of cough, colds, sore throat and nasal congestion to last, what you can do to get better and the warning signs to look out for which mean you may need to seek professional help.
When will I feel better leaflet
Treat yourself better with pharmacist advice.
Treat yourself better with pharmacist advice leaflet
What should I have in my medicine cabinet at home?
Even a minor illness and ailments such as colds, headaches and diarrhoea can disrupt your life. Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.
Always follow the directions on medicine packets and information leaflets, and never take more than the stated dose. If you have questions about any of these medicines or you want to buy them, ask your local pharmacist.
Always keep medicines out of the sight and reach of children. A high, lockable cupboard in a cool, dry place is ideal. Regularly check the expiry dates on a medicine. If a medicine is past its use-by date, don't use it or throw it away. Take it to your pharmacy, where it can be disposed of safely.
For information on what you should have in your medicine cabinet, please visit the NHS Choice Website - http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourmedicinecabinet.aspx