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Self Care

Updated on 3rd December 2013 at 5:07 pm

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What is self care?

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

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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.

Self care for common conditions

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

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For most people, they are not serious health problem – 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 your 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 an appointment when you have a more serious condition. Below are some fact sheets to help you manage common conditions, please click on the links to open the fact sheets:

1-Back-Pain

2-Eczema

3-Heartburn-and-indigestion

4-Fever-in-Children

5-Constipation

6-Headache

7-Cough

8-Acne

9-Sprains-and-strains

10-Sore-Throat

11-Otitis-Media (Middle ear infection)

12-Common-Cold

13-Sinusitis

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Every parent or carer wants to know what to do when a child is ill – use this handbook to learn how to care for your child at home, when to call your GP and when to contact the Emergency Services. Most issues your child will experience are part of growing up and are often helped by talking to your Health Visitor or local Pharmacist. Almost all babies, toddlers and children will get common childhood illnesses like a bad tummy, colds, sore throats and earache.