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.

If you think that you need help from a health professional, you can look up services near you. Simply select the service you need and do a postcode search.

You can also find more information, including guidance on what to have in your medicine cabinet in this leaflet.

If you’re not sure which NHS service is the most appropriate for your circumstance, call 111. NHS 111 is the NHS non-emergency number and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Online support for people with Type 1 diabetes
It can be hard for those newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes to know which websites to trust, so NHS England has made it easier by collecting all the useful and trusted links in one place on its website. The new site will help people with Type 1 diabetes to gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their condition. It provides links to practical help on injecting insulin and checking blood glucose levels, as well as useful advice around living with the condition. Click here to visit the site.

Being more physically active
In August 2018, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) launched a new campaign called ‘Love Activity, Hate Exercise?’ to encourage people to be more physically active. The campaign explores the strong emotions evoked by the word ‘exercise’, based on research that found people with long-term conditions want to be more active, but are put off by the thought of exercise.The campaign aims to help people overcome barriers to being active through expert advice from physiotherapists, including practical tips for getting started, useful condition specific insights and inspiring stories.Please take a look at this short animation which explains how being physically active has enormous benefits for your physical and mental health.
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.