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So, what is self-care?

Self-care is the practice of people taking action to preserve or improve their own health.

Why should I self-care?

There are lots of benefits to self-care, these include;

  • It is quicker – there is no need to wait for an appointment here at your GP, you can get advice on minor illnesses online or from your local pharmacy.
  • It is easier – you can ask at the pharmacy for the best treatment for you, which can then be bought at your local pharmacy or supermarket to use at home.
  • It is simple – you can get advice on self-care from a variety of sources, either from websites (some useful links are listed below) or from your pharmacy.
  • It is considerate – using self-care relieves pressure faced by NHS services e.g. GP Practices and A&E. Treating minor illnesses allows our GP’s to see patients with more serious medical needs.

Did you know your pharmacy can give you advice on these conditions?

  • Colds
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earache
  • Hayfever
  • Heartburn
  • Migraines
  • Sore Throat
  • Threadworm
  • Cold sores
  • Cough
  • Dry eyes
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Nappy Rash
  • Teething
  • Thrush
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dental Pain
  • Dry skin
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Head Lice
  • Insect Bites
  • Rashes
  • Temperature

Pharmacists are trained professionals and are often the best people to see in these instances, most pharmacies will have a private consultation room where they can offer you confidential advice.

Places to go for advice on self-care;

There is a lot on information to support self-care and help you to manage minor illnesses. Below is a list of the top suggestions from NHS Stay Well Derbyshire;

  • NHS Choices – this website contains a health A-Z, giving you a guide to conditions, treatments and symptoms. This will advise you on what to do and when/ where you should get help if needed.
  • NHS Stay Well Derbyshire – this service supports the people of Derbyshire to become self-care aware. The website has a lot of self-care leaflets for specific minor illnesses e.g. Acne, strains and sprains, colds and much more!
  • Livewell Derby – Livewell offer support and advice on their website on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, they have free 12 month programmes designed to give you individual and group support in addition to fun exercise groups.
  • One You – this website is there to support you to become fitter and healthier by offering free tips, tools and support on a range of things such as eating healthy or checking yourself.
  • Live Life Better Derbyshire – offering you advice on how to lead a healthier lifestyle with information on losing weight, stopping smoking, being active and much more!
  • HANDi App – this is a free app that can offer advice to parents and carers when looking after children with common childhood illnesses.