Self-Care Guidance

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.

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