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'Self-Care' - Guidance for Patients


What is SELF-CARE and why does it matter?

Better self care is good practice, and makes time for consultations with people who need them…Help the NHS to help YOU!

Self-Care is very important for ALL patients, but also for those who are informal carers looking after family, friends or neighbours.

GP consultations that are currently taken up for minor ailments could be used for people with more serious or long term conditions and those recovering from illnesses and injuries. There are estimated to be around 15 million in England with a long term health condition and this figure is likely to increase with the growing ageing population.

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

Please find below various fact sheets and self-care guidance leaflets for you to refer to, should you have any concerns: -

Breast Awareness


Contact Lens Advice

COPD Advice

Cystitis in Women

Dementia Advice

Ear Care & Syringing

First Aid for DIY Injuries

Head Lice

Joint Injections

Mental Wellbeing

Oral or Vaginal Thrush

Prostate Awareness

PSA Testing

Reflux in Babies

SEPSIS - Adult & Child

Testicle Awareness


Tick Bites & Lyme Disease

Warts & Verrucae


Guidance for Parents and Young People - Wessex Healthier Together


Abdominal Pain

Bronchiolitis (lower chest infection)

Diarrhoea & Vomiting

Fever Advice - 5 years old +

Fever Advice - Under 5 years old

Head Injury


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