|Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing
|common conditions (also called minor ailments) like headaches, colds and flu or living with a long-term health problem, such as
|asthma or diabetes.
|Did you know that one in five GP visits are for common conditions, such as backache, headache or cough?
|For most people, these common conditions are not serious health problems – you just want to know how to relieve it and you want a
|treatment that acts fast. You also want to know how long you're going to suffer or, what you should do if your symptoms change.
|The good news is that self care can help you manage most of these problems. It may mean you don't have to spend time waiting to
|see your GP and can get on with tackling your symptoms. Self care for common conditions can also help free up some of your GP's
|time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Did you know?
- One in every five GP visits are for common conditions, such as backache, headache or cough.
- Many patients visits their GP or Accident and Emergency department with common conditions which could have been treated with advice from their community pharmacist.
- Every time you see a GP it costs the NHS £36 on average.
- A visit to Accident and Emergency can cost up to £130.
How self care helps your local NHS
|Many common conditions can be treated at home with the support of your local pharmacy if needed. Over the counter products for
|self care are things like pain relief and cough and cold remedies. These items can be bought from pharmacies, supermarkets and
|discount stores without a prescription. You can get them without an appointment or seeing a doctor. They are also often cheaper
- You will help ease the pressure on NHS services for common conditions that could be managed at home.
- You can help free up some of your GP or nurse's time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious or complex condition.
- You will help to reduce the amount spent by your local NHS on medicines that are available over the counter.
|Locally NHS East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen CCG no longer supports the routine prescribing of medications for common
|conditions such as acute (short-term) illnesses, minor and/or self-limiting conditions such as headache, coughs and colds. We want to
|encourage and empower patients to self care.
| "People have a responsibility to protect their own health, choosing appropriate treatments and managing long-term
| conditions. In many cases people can take care of their minor ailments, reducing the number of GP consultations and allowing GPs
| to focus on caring for more poorly patients, such as those with co-morbidities (more than one illness), the very young and elderly,
| managing long-term conditions and providing new services.
| A large range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the- counter medicines and plenty of rest."
| You can read our position statement here.