A large range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. This could include treatment for the following:
- Minor aches and pains
- Minor sprains, sports injuries, grazed knee and scars
- Coughs, colds, blocked noses, fevers and sore throat
Your local Primary Care Network website is a great resource that provides a wealth of information and ideas about what is available locally to help you look after yourself and anyone you might care for. As well as signposts to local services you can discover digital apps and tools which help you access trusted information and advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Use our PCN finder to find your local website.
The four most common ways that you can self-care are:
1. Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet
A well-stocked medicine cabinet can be used to treat most minor ailments. A medicine cabinet should include:
- Paracetamol and aspirin, and equivalent syrups (such as Calpol) for children
- Mild laxatives to relieve constipation
- Re-hydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting
- Indigestion remedy
- Travel sickness tablets
- Tweezers and sharp scissors to remove splinters or cut bandages
- Thermometer to check for fever
- Range of bandages, plasters (various sizes), non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings
- Antiseptic to clean cuts before they’re dressed (bandaged) and most can treat a range of conditions including insect stings, ulcers and pimples.
2. Choosing the right NHS service
Your local pharmacy can provide expert, confidential advice and treatment. Best of all, there is no need for an appointment, and they will be able to help you by:
- Offer advice on treating minor ailments and injuries
- Give advice on medication and whether you need to see your GP
- Help you manage certain long-term conditions
- Dispense medicine when you give them your prescription
- Dispense repeat prescriptions without the need to visit your GP
- Give sexual health and contraception advice.
Remember A&E is not anything and everything and should only be used for life threatening illnesses or injuries. Before you consider going to A&E why not call NHS 111 who can give you the advice and support you need.
Being more active is not only great for your general health but also your mental health too. It’s not about running a marathon but instead walking more or using the stairs instead of a lift.
How much exercise is enough?
- Adults needs to be active for at least 150 minutes each week
- Kids aged 5 to 16 need to be active for at least 60 minutes each day
- Kids under 5 need 3 hours of activity a day.
4. Healthy lifestyle
It’s never too late to switch to a healthier lifestyle and children who learn healthy habits at a young age will benefit from them throughout their life. The most commons ways to improve your health is:
Visit the NHS website to find what lifestyle changes you can make in order to take care of yourself and find out what works best for you.