Below are some tips to help you take care of yourself:
- Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet - most minor ailments can be dealt with at home
- Speak to your local pharmacist - they can recognise and resolve many common health issues
- Get your flu jab, you may be entitled to a free one - ask your GP or pharmacist for details
- Keep active to stay physically and mentally well
- Be mindful that sometimes symptoms can last longer than you think - sore throats can last an average of eight days
- Don’t forget, antibiotics don’t work on sore throats, coughs or colds
Visit the NHS Choices website to find what changes you can make in order to take care of yourself and find out what works best for you.
Remember, if you’re not sure whether you need to go to A&E, call NHS 111 first.
Self care fact sheets
You can find guidance to help you take care of the most common ailments in a series of fact sheets available from the Self Care Forum. These provide useful facts about your condition, what you can expect to happen, how to help yourself, when you should see your GP and where to find out more information.
The fact sheets cover:
- low back pain
- heartburn and indigestion
- fever in children
- headache and migraine
- sprains and strains
- sore throat
- middle ear infection (otitis media)
- common cold, sinusitis
- urine symptoms in men.