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Self Care

Goring and Woodcote Medical Practice Guide to Self Care


What does it mean?

As well as taking good care of yourself through healthy lifestyle choices e.g. not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, eating a healthy diet and taking regular exercise; self care also means being able to manage and look after yourself with minor/self limiting ailments and being able to manage your chronic/long-term conditions.


Conditions which are appropriate for self care:

  • Coughs and colds
  • Sore throats
  • Hayfever
  • Flu-like illnesses
  • Earache
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Low back pain


What you can take

Over the counter remedies are often cheaper than prescription costs.

Own branded/generic medications have the same active ingredients as those more expensive remedies e.g. ibuprofen vs nurofen or chlorpheniramine vs piriton.


Who else can advise you?

Community Pharmacists are a good source of information and can be very helpful for advice on how to manage minor ailments.


When to see the nurse or doctor ?

If symptoms are not settling after an appropriate timeframe – see supplementary sheets for guidance; or if you suffer from other chronic conditions that are affected by the acute illness e.g. diabetes, asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).


Useful sources for further information

NHS choices –

Self Care Forum –

PAGB – (Proprietary Association of Great Britain – trade association for Over The Counter medicines) –


Below is a selection of self care advice leaflets.

Blepharitis and Conjunctivitis

Coughs and Colds

Diarrhoea and Vomiting


Flu-like Illness


Insect Bites, Stings and Skin Reactions

Low Back Pain

Minor Strains and Sprains

Sore Throats

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