With the growing pressures on the NHS at the moment it is important that patients self care where they can.
Self care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help and when to get advice from your GP or another health professional.
If you have a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.
You can be seen at the pharmacy for;
- mild skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo and athlete's foot
- coughs and colds, including blocked nose (nasal congestion), and sore throats
- bruises, sunburn, and minor burns and scalds
- constipation and piles (haemorrhoids)
- hay fever, dry eyes and allergies (including rashes, bites and stings)
- aches and pains, including earache, headache, migraine, back pain and toothache
- vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
- period pain, thrush and cystitis
- head lice (nits)
- conjunctivitis, cold sores and mouth ulcers
- warts and verrucas
- nappy rash and teething
There is a new resource available from ECC through their Livewell site called The Sound Doctor https://www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/sounddr/ It contains 300 videos on longer term conditions such as back pain, diabetes, COPD and heart failure, approx 3mins long. Its designed for all patients to use and free to all living in the area, patients just need to log onto the website and enter their surgery and post code.
Sound Doctor Link