Self Care

What is 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.

As a Self Care Aware practice we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when it is right for you. So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.  

self care


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

North and West Bristol, Information, Advice and Support Services

We’ve identified our top suggestions for places where our population can get help with looking after themselves and living healthier and happier lives. Most of these services will provide patients with a range of other contact details too. Please download the document below for the list of services.

Self Care Signposting Sheet


Self care for healthy living

Staying healthy is important for everyone, even if you are living with a long-term condition. This means eating healthily, exercising regularly, quitting smoking and drinking in moderation.

This practice runs weight management courses and smoking cessation clinics that can help you live a healthy lifestyle Speak to the practice team for more information.

If you are not sure what changes you can make to help improve your health, NHS Choices offers a LifeCheck. Just answer a few simple questions and LifeCheck can give you advice on what changes may help you. 


Medications for Self Care

The CCG Medicines Management Team have prepared a very helpful summary of over the counter medications that can be purchased from our local pharmacies without a prescription. People should be encouraged to self-care for minor self-limiting conditions by purchasing certain medicines and keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

List of Medications

Off the Record, Bristol

OTR is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Visit for more details on how you can get support.