People have a key role in protecting their own health, choosing appropriate treatments and managing long-term conditions.
Self care means knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions and when to seek the right clinical help.
For people with long-term conditions, self-care is also about understanding that condition and how to live with it. This can involve making changes to your diet, taking exercise or knowing about the medication you need to take.
- NHS Choices website
For advice on common conditions and treatment as well as healthy lifestyles.
- Find your nearest pharmacy
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can advise you on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking. They can also help you decide whether you need to see a health professional.
- NHS 111
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
- Self Care Week
Self Care Week is run by the Self Care Forum in November each year. It aims to help you become more knowledgeable about health and lifestyle options that will impact positively on your physical and mental wellbeing.