In Scotland we are fortunate in having immediate access to a complete range of high
quality health services. If these health services are to work effectively, it is
important that they are used properly. For this to happen, all of us – both health
care professionals and members of the general public – have to make certain choices
and decisions about how best to deal with illness.
‘Self Care’ is what you can choose to do for your own health and well-being, by:
Recognising the symptoms of a few commonly occurring
illnesses and complaints.
Knowing what you can do about it, and
Knowing when to get help from a Doctor
In the next few pages you will find descriptions of a range of commonly occurring
illnesses, together with advice about what you can do yourself to treat these conditions,
that is to ‘self care’. If, however, you find that ‘self care’ is not enough,
then you should contact the surgery to get further advice.
If you are already taking any medicines, or suffer from any medical conditions, consult
your Doctor or Pharmacist before taking any medicine – even if they are mentioned
in the ‘Self Care Guide’.