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'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 guidance leaflets for you to refer to, should you have any concerns: -


Alternatives to GP Appointments

Back Pain

Blepharitis - Eye Care

Common Cold




Cystitis in Women

Ear Care and Syringing


Fever in Children



Heartburn & Indigestion

Oral & Vaginal Thrush

Middle Ear Infection

Moles - How to Check

Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding Children

Sepsis in Adults

Sepsis in Children


Skin Cancer - Facts

SKINDEX - Skin Types

Sore Throat

Sprains & Strains


Urine Symptoms in Men

Warts & Verrucae

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