Self Care - self help

Many patients visit their GP or A&E department with minor illnesses which could have been treated by self care with advice from their pharmacist.

Use the high street health expert - your pharmacist

Your local pharmacist can give you friendly, expert advice on self care and where appropriate over-the-counter medicines that can help with lots of common illnesses and minor ailments. 

Find more information on how your pharmacy can help here

Be prepared - stock up your medicine cabinet now!

To support self care at home you can ensure your medicine cabinet is well-stocked with essential medicines.

Find more information on what medicines to keep at home and in your first aid kit here

Self-help guides - get the 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.

Click to download any of the fact sheets below:

low back pain
heartburn and indigestion
fever in children 
headache and migraine
sprains and strains
sore throat 
otitis media (middle ear infection)
common cold 
urine symptoms in men

Self Care Student's App

app e1471867648817

ESC Student is a new app developed to help improve student health and increase health literacy among young people.
the app allows students and young people to answer common questions about their health in seconds and without the
need for an internet connection.
The app is certified by the NHS England Information Standard as a source of reliable health information. 
Download the app at iTunes

Find more information on the Self Care Forum's Patient Portal

You can find more information on on how you can self care at home on the Self Care Forum's Patient Portal