Self-Care Information

Self care is the actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.

Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on all health services.

You may be asked to treat yourself over the counter under ‘self care’ for conditions you have previously been prescribed for. You can buy many self care items from Supermarkets, Pharmacies and local shops such as Home Bargains.

Be prepared for common health problems by keeping a well stocked medicines cabinet at home- Your medicine cabinet – NHS (

Useful links for information:

Self Care Forum- Homepage – Self Care Forum

Self Care Fact Sheets- Fact Sheets – Self Care Forum

Patient Symptom Checker- Symptom Checker, Health Information and Medicines Guide | Patient

NHS Website- Health A to Z – NHS ( & Live Well – NHS (

Treat Yourself Better- Pharmacy Advice- Treat Yourself Better