Self care

South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to supporting people to stay well and self manage persistent health conditions, and to use health services appropriately.

Self-care is perfect if your condition is something you will be able to treat at home – in fact, home is the best place for you.

A big part of your recovery from these minor illnesses is to rest and drink plenty of fluid. You can plan ahead by stocking up on healthcare essentials you might need, like paracetamol – ask your pharmacist for advice on stocking your home medicines cabinet. If you are ill and don’t have these in your house, ask a friend, family member or carer to get them on your behalf.

Find out more about self care for common conditions

The Self Care Forum has produced a series of factsheets to help you take care of the most common conditions. These provide useful facts about your condition, what you can expect to happen, how to help yourself, when you should see your GP and where to find out more information. 

Research shows people using these factsheets felt more able to manage their common condition.

You can also find information on these and other common conditions by visiting the NHS website.

Stock up your medicine cabinet

To support self care at home you should keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet with essential medicines and products such as:

  • Your usual painkillers
  • Cold and flu remedies

  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine

  • Oral rehydration salts

  • Indigestion remedies

  • Plasters

  • Bandages

  • Thermometer

  • Tissues

For the full recommended list visit the NHS website.

Self care for healthy living

Staying healthy is important for everyone. This means eating healthily, exercising regularly, quitting smoking and drinking in moderation.

If you are not sure what changes you can make to help improve your health, try Public Health England's One You How Are You Quiz. Just answer a few simple questions for advice on what changes may help you. Click here for the How Are You Quiz.

The NHS website provides lots of useful information on how you can improve your health and wellbeing.