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Self Care Fact Sheets

What is self-care?

Self-care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way.  It can be anything from doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

As a Self-care aware practice we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when it is right for you.  So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.

Did you know?

  • The NHS belongs to all of us – help us to keep it working smoothly by turning up for appointments
  • Every time you see a GP it costs the NHS £43, on average, for a 12 minute consultation
  • A visit to Accident and Emergency costs £112
  • Nearly half of people with long term conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes do not take their medicines as prescribed

Self-Care for Common Conditions

Did you that that one in five GP visits are for common conditions, such as backache, headache or cough?

For most people, they are not serious health problems – you just want to know how to relieve it and you want a treatment that acts fast.  You also want to know how long you’re going to suffer or what you should do if symptoms change.

The good news is that self-care can help you manage most of these problems.  It may mean you don’t have to spend time waiting to see your GP but can get on and start tackling your symptoms.  Self-care for common conditions can also help free up some of your GP’s time, making it easier to get and appointment when you have a more serious condition.

Have a look at the self-care fact sheets.


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