Looking after you
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:
10. Sore throat
11. Otitis media
12. Common cold
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.
- NHS Choices has a number of free apps, take a look and download a few today: http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Toolslibrary.aspx
- One You also offer a number of free apps, take a look here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/apps#Uj0G30Co7VUxJriz.97