“Self care means looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it’s brushing your teeth, taking medicine when you have a cold, or doing some exercise.”
“While medical care is important, self-care decisions about taking or not taking medicines, what to eat, how much exercise to get, what tests to do, keeping doctor appointments etc are all decisions almost always made by the person with the chronic disease and not by their healthcare providers.
The empowerment approach to chronic disease care has resulted in a shift from provider-centred care to more patient-centred models that acknowledge the primary role of patients in providing their own care: problem solving, informed decision-making and self-efficacy.”
Learning to self care has never been more important. The NHS is facing unprecedented pressure, with GP appointments now more difficult to come by and lengthy waiting times in A&E.
In order to provide a solution to this problem, a large number of other services have been made available to help you learn more about self care, for you and your family. Our blog features a number of articles on what these new services are and where you can access them. All we’d encourage you to do is to take the time to read and familiarise yourself with them. If you have any questions, or feel unclear about any part of them, you can get in touch with us in a number of ways.
How can I Self-Care?
There are a number of services you can access to self-care, before making an appointment with your doctor or if your doctor’s surgery is closed. These include:
- Visiting your local pharmacy for help, advice and over the counter medicines.
- Consulting NHS Choices for help and advice
- Calling NHS 111
- Attending a walk-in centre
- Attending an urgent care centre
How do I Choose The Right Self-Care Service?
Choosing the right self-care service comes down to the type of illness or ailment you are suffering from. For anything that is not urgent, your pharmacy, NHS 111 and NHS Choices is a good first point of call to see what they advise.
If you have minor injuries or feel your condition warrants professional medical attention in person, it’s worth reading our articles on urgent care centres and walk-in centres to see whether your medical problem features on their list of health conditions.
Only in the event of a medical emergency, should you call 999 or go to A&E.