What is self care?
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 (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.
As a Self Care Aware practice we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when it is right for you. So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.
Our reception team are here to help you access the right service for your needs. Please don't be offended if they ask you what the problem is when you contact us - they are trying to ensure you get the most appropriate care as efficiently as possible.
Our receptionists may also suggest that you access information online (such as this website, or NHS.uk) before asking for an appointment. This is because there are many health issues where a GP appointment is not necessary and would waste your time as well as valuable NHS resources. For example, there are often ways in which people can self-refer for expert help for various conditions ranging from back or joint pains to mental health problems.
Find out more about self care
If you need more information on how you can self care at home, click on the links:
Did you know?
- The NHS belongs to all of us – help us to keep it working smoothly by using NHS resources appropriately, and by turning up for appointments
- Every time you see a GP it costs the NHS £43, on average
- A visit to Accident and Emergency costs £112