Self Care


Self Care aims to help people take care of themselves, and lets them know what’s available to help them look after their health. The campaign is being run by the Self Care Forum.

What is self care?

Self-care is about keeping fit and healthy, and understanding how best to look after yourself.


Pharmacists are available to help provide advice on self-care options for minor ailments and common conditions. If your condition is not an emergency, your local pharmacist is here to help. Do not go to a pharmacy if you have symptoms of coronavirus or are self-isolating.  You can also order prescriptions via the #NHSApp or your pharmacy’s or the practice online ordering systems. 

Find your closest pharmacy here: Find a pharmacy - NHS ( 


NHS 111 can help you if you have an urgent medical problem and you're not sure what to do.

To get help from NHS 111, you can

If you're deaf and want to use the phone service, you can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language service:  You can also call 18001 111 on a text phone.

Urgent Treatment Centres - Runcorn and Widnes

Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC) are available in Runcorn and Widnes for patients who have a minor injury or illness that requires urgent attention, but is not critical or life threatening.  UTC are run by teams of highly skilled, multidisciplinary staff consisting of both nurses and a doctor who are specilaised and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries and illnesses in both children and adults.

Both Runcorn and Widnes Urgent Treatment Centres are open 8am - 9pm, 7 days a week

Self Care

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.

There’s lots of information on NHS Choices about how everyone can use self care to improve their health and wellbeing. You can read about how to:

You can also find a GP, find a pharmacy and find an NHS dentist.

If you have a long-term condition, Your health, your way will show you how self care can help you cope better with your condition and get more out of life.

Read about how to make small changes to improve your lifestyle, and use our interactive healthy living tools to get personalised advice on how to improve your lifestyle.

NHS Choices is also a great place to get detailed information on specific long-term conditions. Look for your condition in Health A-Z

Many long-term conditions are covered on the site, including the most common ones, such as:

There's also a long-term condition check to help you find out if you're getting the right type of NHS care and support for your condition and situation. You can also use the online symptom checker for help and advice.

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