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Self Care



Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

Self Care sheets, these are a useful resource to use when you or your family have a common ailment

  • Useful facts
  • What patients can expect to happen 
  • 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 the 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

15. Mental Health - Happy Ok Sad

Did you know...?


  • The NHS belongs to all of us – help us to keep it working smoothly by turning up for appointments
  • Every time you see a GP it costs the NHS £43, on average, for a 12-minute consultation
  • A visit to Accident and Emergency costs £112


Mehrad our Clinical Pharmacist is available Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning

Ask your pharmacist for advice


Your local pharmacist can give you friendly, expert advice on self care and where appropriate over-the-counter medicines that can help with lots of common illnesses and minor ailments. 

Stock up your medicine cabinet


To support self care at home you can ensure your medicine cabinet is well-stocked with essential medicines. Find out more and what you should buy in the Stock up your medicine cabinet leaflet.

NHS Choices Information


NHS Choices contains a wealth of information about a variety of medical conditions and self care advice to help you manage an illness. Using the tools below you can find out more information about any topic on the NHS Choices website


Across Warrington, GPs and other Healthcare Professionals will no longer routinely prescribe medications for short term minor health problems.

NHS Warrington CCG undertook a formal public consultation on these proposals which received overwhelming support. On average, 87% of people agreed that, unless there are exceptional circumstances, patients will be expected to buy the medicines listed below themselves over-the-counter at a local pharmacy or supermarket.




Medicines include:


  • Pain killers for minor aches and pains
  • Tonics, health supplements and vitamins
  • Earwax removers
  • Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes
  • Indigestion remedies for occasional use
  • Creams for bruising, tattoos and scars
  • Hair removal creams
  • Moisturisers and bath additives for dry skin
  • Sun cream (unless diagnosed photo sensitivity as a result of genetic disorders)
  • Food and food supplements (except on the advice of a dietician)






NHS Warrington CCG spends approximately £1 million per year on prescribing these medicines. This money could be better spent on treating more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Many of these products are readily available, along with advice, from local pharmacies. Some are also available from local shops and supermarkets.


 Over the counter medicines in nurseries and schools.pdf


Consultation Outcomes Report.pdf






Changes will take effect from Monday 18th January 2016.


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