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Self care

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. 

Useful resources
  • NHS 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. You don't need an appointment and most pharmacists have private consultation rooms.
  • NHS 111
    Berkshire West residents are encouraged to contact NHS 111 first if they are thinking of attending an Emergency Department.

    NHS 111 is a national system that people can contact if they need clinical advice. Now, people who need clinical advice but aren't in a life-threatening emergency are encouraged to contact NHS 111 first before attending their local Emergency Department (A&E).

    You should contact 111 if:

    • You need medical help fast, but it is not a 999 emergency
    • You think you need to go to accident and emergency or another NHS urgent care service
    • You do not know who to contact for medical help, or you do not have a GP
    • You require health information or reassurance about what to do next
    • You need health advice and would usually contact your GP but it is an evening or weekend and they are closed

    For less urgent health needs, you should still contact your GP in the usual way.

    You can contact NHS 111 online or call 111. You will be asked 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.
  • Involve
    Involve is the local support organisation for voluntary, community and faith groups in the Wokingham Borough. They can support you with training, funding advice, development and support work, start up organisations, volunteering and more.