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Health awareness: Looking after you

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We have provided information about self care week and digital apps.

Self care week 13-19 November

Self Care Week (13-19 November) is an annual national awareness week that focuses on establishing support for self care across communities, families and generations.

More needs to be done to support people to better look after their own health. Empowering individuals to self care has many benefits for their short term and long term health and this is important since people are living longer, but not necessarily living longer healthily.

Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.

The Self Care Forum have developed a number of fact sheets on common ailments. They aim to help clinicians and patients discuss issues around self-care within the practice consultation and especially how to handle the symptoms in the future. They provide patients with information around:

  • Useful facts
  • What patients can expect to happen (the natural history)
  • What people can do to help themselves – now and in the future
  • When to seek medical help (the ‘red flags’)
  • Where to find out more

Download these factsheets below:

1. Low Back Pain

2. Eczema

3. Heartburn and indigestion

4. Fever in children

5. Constipation

6. Headache and migraine

7. Coughs

8. Acne

9. Sprains and strains

10. Sore throat

11. Otitis media

12. Common cold

13. Sinusitis

14. Urine symptoms in men

Digital apps

There are also a variety of apps you can download on your mobile or tablet to support you in losing weight, stopping smoking, or ways to increase your exercise.

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