Prevention and Self-Care
Self-Care and managing your health
Self-Care means keeping fit and healthy, as well as knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when you need it. If you have a long term condition, Self-Care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.
The Bracknell Forest JSNA Self-Care guide provides information, advice and links to services related to long term conditions and lifestyle factors.
The Year of Self-Care, led by the Bracknell Forest Public Health Team, is helping residents to take control of their own health by encouraging individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices and seek support from the right health professionals when necessary.
The year covers lifelong health and encourages people to look after both their physical health and their mental health.
Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that our local pharmacist could resolve.
It is estimated that 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help to clear up the problem. If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will recognise this and advise you to see your GP.
There’s lots of information on the NHS Choices website about how everyone can use self-care to improve their health and wellbeing. Our Public Health pages also have information about:
- alcohol and drugs
- diet and exercise
- health checks
- mental wellbeing
- screening and immunisation
- sexual health
Your pharmacist may be able to help with:
- skin conditions, such as mild acne and mild eczema
- coughs and colds, including nasal congestion and sore throat
- minor cuts and bruises
- constipation and haemorrhoids (piles)
- hay fever and allergies
- aches and pains, such as headaches, earache and backache
- indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
- period pain and thrush
- warts and verrucas, mouth ulcers and cold sores
- athlete's foot
- nappy rash and teething
Some pharmacies can provide truss fittings, stoma products and incontinence supplies.
Through NHS Choices, you can also find a GP, pharmacy or a NHS dentist. Enter your postcode to find services in your area.
The Bracknell Forest iHub is a one stop shop for services and events provided in your local community to help you get the most out of life.
The Bracknell Forest JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) is the means by which the council assesses the current and future health and well-being needs of Bracknell Forest residents.
The Helping You Stay Independent Guide (PDF, 2658kb) lists activities, events and groups around Bracknell Forest that can support individuals to remain healthy and independent.
You can find out more about Bracknell Forest Self-Care by visiting our Year of Self-Care website.