Self-care

Self-care is perfect if your condition is something you will be able to treat at home, such as coughs, colds and common childhood illnesses.

For some illnesses, home is the best place for you.

A big part of your recovery from these minor illnesses is to rest and drink plenty of fluid. You can plan ahead by stocking up on healthcare essentials you might need, like paracetamol – ask your pharmacist for advice on stocking your home medicines cabinet. 

If you are ill and don't have these in your house, ask a friend, family member or carer to get them on your behalf.

Need advice?

The NHS symptom checker can help you identify your condition and what to do next.

Caring for a poorly child?

The NHS website has detailed guidance for parents and carers about looking after a poorly child.

Norovirus: stop the spread!

Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK and it’s highly contagious.

Although it usually goes away after a few days, it can be more serious for more vulnerable patients so it’s important to avoid spreading it to others.

If you have norovirus symptoms, you’re advised to stay at home, to not go in to hospital to visit friends or relatives and to be extra vigilant in terms of hygiene.

GetUBetter app for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions

Manage your musculoskeletal (MSK) condition at home with personalised day-by-day exercises and tips to help you to recover from new or recurrent problems like back pain or knee pain.

You can self-register for the app or get a referral from your GP or physiotherapist. It is a useful way to get support while you wait for treatment.

CONfidence app for incontinence

The CONfidence app provides self-help if you are experiencing bladder and bowel leakage (incontinence) and information about treatments that can help. The app includes information about leakage, causes and treatments, self-help advice as well as signposting to support, practical tips, specific advice for children and young people, and guidance for carers.

The app is a joint effort between the Bladder and Bowel CONfidence (BABCON) Health Integration Team and Expert Self Care. It has been developed by a team of national clinical experts and patient and public partners, and has no links with industry or continence product providers.

Download the CONfidence App for Android phones at Google Play.

For iPhone or iPad you can download it from the App Store.

Lifestyle prescriptions

We have developed some resources to help you take responsibility for your own health through lifestyle changes. It is hoped that this will:

  • empower you to look after yourself and reduce the need for medications
  • free up valuable GP time by reducing the need for repeat appointments
  • reduce the amount of money spent on medications.

The first two leaflets that have been developed are:

How to keep your gut healthy

Leaflet with advice to help you take responsibility for your own gut health through lifestyle changes

Mental wellbeing leaflet

Leaflet with advice to help you take responsibility for your own mental wellbeing through lifestyle changes

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