Self-care is about looking after yourself at home. This could range from managing a long-term condition, taking medication when needed, managing a cold and eating well to being active. There are lots of minor conditions you can treat at home like coughs, colds, headaches, sore throat, minor cuts and grazes, bumps and bruises, indigestion and mild diarrhoea with your medicine cupboard and plenty of rest.

The Self Care Forum has produced a number of useful fact sheets to help you to take care of the most common conditions. Click this link for more information

It is a good idea to have a medicine cabinet where you can keep some basic medication. In doing so it might save you going out if you are not feeling well or if the weather is bad. The following medicines might be useful:

  • painkillers
  • anti-diarrhoeal tablets/oral rehydration salts
  • plasters and bandages
  • bite and sting relief spray or cream
  • antiseptic cream
  • indigestion treatment
  • a thermometer
  • cough medicine
  • antihistamine medicine
  • sun cream

Always follow the directions on medicine packets and information leaflets, never exceed the stated dose and make sure the medicine is not out of date.

WNCCG have a policy regarding the prescribing of medicines that are available to purchase over the counter for self-limiting conditions. To view please click this link.