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Self-Care Information

Be Self-Care Aware

Looking after yourself to improve/maintain health

Why is self care good for people?

Empowering people with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, and visit the GP when they need to, gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long-term. In many cases people can take care of their minor ailments, reducing the number of GP consultations and enabling GPs to focus on caring for higher risk patients, such as those with comorbidities, the very young and elderly, managing long-term conditions and providing new services.

More cost-effective use of stretched NHS resources allows money to be spent where it’s most needed and improve health outcomes. Furthermore, increased personal responsibility around healthcare helps improve people’s health and wellbeing and better manage long-term conditions when they do develop. This will ultimately ensure the long-term sustainability of the NHS.

Please click the links below to for information and advice on how you can be more self-care aware:

Minor Illness / Conditions

Acne / Spots

Acute Sinusitis


Common Cold



Cough in Adults




Fever in Children




Heartburn and Indigestion

Low Back Pain

Middle ear infection


Sore Throat

Sprains and Strains

Urine Symptoms in Men

Long Term Conditions

There are substantial libraries of easy to digest, bite-sized films to help patients covering, amongst other conditions:

COPD – 60 films focused on preventing exacerbations, improving inhaler techniques, pulmonary rehabilitation and coping with breathlessness

Diabetes – 65 films covering diet, activity, medications, blood glucose monitoring and reducing the risk of complications

Dementia – 35 films looking at the symptoms, communication, coping with changing behaviours, being a carer and managing financial and other affairs

Heart failure – 40 films examining the causes and symptoms of heart failure, medicines management, cardiac rehabilitation, work, driving and other aspects of daily life.

Back Pain – 22 films aimed at preventing back pain and speeding up return to work. Includes simple back-strengthening exercises

Weight loss surgery – 16 films offering a step-by-step guide to help people make the right choice about surgery and ensure the surgery is successful if it’s undertaken

Lifestyle choices – 10 short animations designed to nudge people into making better lifestyle choices

These videos are free to access for anybody registered with a GP in Essex. All you need to do is click here to go to the website, select your surgery and enter your postcode.

Mental Health

There are also a number of very useful self-help guides cover a range of mental health issues, providing you with practical advice and support.  

Please click  here to view the booklets in several formats.

Not find what you were looking for? - There is a wealth of information available on the NHS Choices website. Please click here and look for the condition you would like to know more about

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