Self care

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’ll find a range of information and advice to help you make the best choices about health and wellbeing here.

The Self Care Forum has a selection of fact sheets for common ailments, including lower back pain, coughs and colds, constipation and eczema, which can be downloaded from its website here. The fact sheets explain how people can be affected by these common ailments, what they can do to help themselves and when they should seek medical help.

My Health Tools is an innovative online resource for people in Kirklees who are living with a long-term health condition.  It’s designed to help you feel more in control of your condition, provide tailored support and improve your confidence and skills.  To access the tool visit the My Health Tools website.

How your local pharmacy can help

Speak to your local pharmacist about stocking up on your medicines cabinet to treat common conditions for you and your family.

By keeping a selection of essential medications at home, people can treat common conditions in a timely manner, avoid unnecessary trips to see a doctor and even help reduce the number of unnecessary visits to A&E.