'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 (for the most up-to-date information or if the links do not work, please visit: http://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/).

Worried your child is unwell? Click HERE for self-care guidance (or scroll down).


Acne (Spots)

Back Pain

Breast Awareness


Combined Contraception: Continuous Pill Taking

Combined Pill: Your Guide


Contact Lens Advice


COPD Advice

Cough (Adults)

Counselling - Online Support for Young People

Cystitis in Women

Dementia Advice

Ear Care

Ear Infection


First Aid for DIY Injuries

Headache & Migraine

Head Lice

Heartburn & Indigestion

Joint Injections

Mental Wellbeing - low mood, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem or other mood issues

Oral or Vaginal Thrush

Over the Counter Medication

Physiotherapy Self-Referral

Prostate Awareness

PSA Testing

Reflux in Babies

Self-help books for adult mental health issues

Self-help books about mental health issues for young people

SEPSIS - Adult & Child

Sinusitis (Adults)

Sore Throat

Sprains & Strains

Suspected UTI (no MSU)

Suspected UTI (MSU required)

Testicle Awareness


Tick Bites & Lyme Disease

Urine Symptoms - MEN

Warts & Verrucae


Wessex Healthier Together


Abdominal Pain

Bronchiolitis (lower chest infection)

Diarrhoea & Vomiting

Fever Advice - 5 years old +

Fever Advice - Under 5 years old

Head Injury


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