Self-Care Guidance

'Self-Care' - Guidance for Patients

What is SELF-CARE and why does it matter?

Better self care is good practice, and makes time for consultations with people who need them…Help the NHS to help YOU!

Self-Care is very important for ALL patients, but also for those who are informal carers looking after family, friends or neighbours.

GP consultations that are currently taken up for minor ailments could be used for people with more serious or long term conditions and those recovering from illnesses and injuries. There are estimated to be around 15 million in England with a long term health condition and this figure is likely to increase with the growing ageing population.

Self-Care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from eating healthily, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

Please find below various fact sheets and self-care guidance leaflets for you to refer to, should you have any concerns: -


Alternatives to GP Appointments

Back Pain

Blepharitis - Eye Care

Breast Awareness

Common Cold




Cystitis in Women

Dementia Advice

Ear Care & Syringing


Fever in Children

First Aid for DIY Injuries


Head Lice

Heartburn and Indigestion

Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

Middle Ear Infection

Moles - How to Check

Oral or Vaginal Thrush

Prostate Awareness

PSA Testing Advice

Sepsis in Adults

Sepsis in Children


Skin Cancer - Facts

SKINDEX - Skin Types

Sprains and Strains

Sore Throat

Testicle Awareness


Ticks & Lymes Disease


Urine Symptoms - In Men

Warts & Verrucae

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