What is self care?
Self care is about taking action for yourself in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve your health and wellbeing. It can be anything from brushing your teeth to managing a long term condition. As a practice we hope to encourage good health and support patients to make positive decisions about their own lifestyles.
Self care at home
Staying healthy is important for everyone no matter your condition. The NHS provides free advice and support for:
Your local pharmacy can offer lifestyle advice and support. Some are now qualified under The Healthy Living Pharmacy framework. The framework, commissioned by Public Health England, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population.
If you would prefer to speak to a health professional at the practice for further advice and support, please speak to reception.
Self care can help you manage most common conditions without seeing your GP. For most people conditions such as headaches, coughs and colds are not a serious health problem – you just want to know how to make it better fast.
The self care forum has produced fact sheets on some common ailments. Please click on the link for the fact sheet you require:
- Low back pain
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Fever in children
- Headache and migraine
- Sprains and strains
- Sore throat
- Otitis media
- Common cold
- Urine symptoms in men
The Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group has also produced a self care guide for minor illnesses, with details of what to keep in your medicine cabinet, information about minor illnesses and contact details of local NHS services. This can be downloaded or is available to collect for free from the surgery.
For more information on other common conditions, visit the NHS Choices website.
Long term conditions
Research shows that people with long term conditions can have a better quality of life when they are supported to take care of their own conditions. As a medical practice we are committed to helping patients with long term conditions and offer advice on the following:
- Chronic conditions
Regularly taking medication prescribed for you is a important part of managing your condition. If you have problems remembering to take your medication at the right time or have concerns about side effects, please speak to your pharmacist.
NHS Choices offers practical tips and advices on living with a long term condition:
- Accept that you have a persistent health condition and then begin to move on
- Get involved – building a support team
- Learn to prioritise and plan out your days
- Setting goals/Action plans
- Being patient with yourself
- Learn relaxation skills
- Stretching and exercise
- Keep a diary and track your progress
- Have a set-back plan
- Team work
- Keep it up, putting into practice step 1-12
Details of courses in this area are available on NHS Choices.
The following resources provide good quality information which can help you better understand and manage the conditions that affects you: