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Self Care & Choose Well

Mental Health Information



At the Department of Health on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, Paul Burstow, minister of state for care services met with 17 members of the Self Care Campaign. The occasion marked the inaugural meeting of the Self Care Forum, whose purpose is to further the reach of self-care and embed it into everyday life. Its first task is to raise awareness of this year’s Self Care Week 2011, which will take place 14 – 20 November. The Self Care Forum also agreed nine aims within its terms of reference to help this process as well as a time frame of 4-5 years to develop, disseminate and promote the outputs of each aim.



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.


Find out more about self care

If you need more information on how you can self care at home, click on the links:
    Self care for healthy living
    Self care for common conditions
    Self care for long-term conditions
    NHS Choices symptom checker


Fact Sheets

What are the Fact Sheets for?
The Self Care Forum Fact Sheets for common ailments aim to help clinicians and patients discuss issues around self care within the practice consultation and especially how to handle the symptoms in the future. They provide patients with information around:

1.   Low Back Pain
2.   Eczema
3.   Heartburn and indigestion
4.   Fever in children
5.   Constipation
6.   Headache and migraine
7.   Coughs
8.   Acne
9.   Sprains and strains
10. Sore throat
11. Otitis media
12. Common cold
13. Sinusitis
14. Urine symptoms in men

Further Information leaflets can be found here: Self Care Leaflets


Choose Well Leaflet

Choose Well Poster

Choose Well Video Clip

Choose Well for Children Leaflet

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Choose Well


If you’re feeling unwell and you are unsure about where to go then our Choose Well guide will help you choose the right place for treatment. Here in Sheffield we have a range of local NHS services to choose from and it doesn’t have to be A&E.

Please follow the below link for more information:

The Accident and Emergency department 
is for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only. It is for people who need emergency medical attention or who have had an accident.



  • Diarrhoea.
  • Runny nose.
  • Painful cough.
  • Headache.

Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional, and can give you advice on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them. Most now have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately. NHS Direct: 0845 4647

When and why?  

Visit your local pharmacy when you are suffering from a common health problem which does not require being seen by a nurse or doctor.

GP (Doctor)

  • Vomiting.
  • Ear pain.
  • Stomach ache.
  • Back ache.

GPs surgeries can be found locally across Yorkshire and the Humber. You can make an appointment with your practice for medical advice, examinations and prescriptions. GPs also provide an out-of-hours service - just ring your normal GP’s number.

When and why?  

Make an appointment with your local GP when you have an illness or injury that will not go away.



  • Unwell?
  • Unsure?
  • Confused?
  • Need help?

111 offers confidential health advice and information by telephone and on the internet. Dial 111

When and why?

Contact 111 if you are ill and have any questions about health. The service can also help you to find health services in your local area.

This service should be accessed if you need medical advice outside the practice opening hours.

NHS WALK-IN Services

  • Cuts.
  • Strains.
  • Rashes.
  • Sprains.

Walk-in services treat minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to A&E. Sheffield’s walk-in services are open 365 days a year. You do not need an appointment and will be seen by an experienced nurse or doctor. For more information go to:

When and why?

Your local NHS walk-in services are:
NHS Walk in Centre/ Sheffield City GP Health Centre, Rockingham House, Broad Lane, Sheffield, S1 3PB. Open 8am-10pm

Sheffield Minor Injuries Unit, Royal Hallamshire Hospital (Adults only). Open 8am - 8pm

A&E or 999

  • Choking.
  • Chest pain.
  • Severe bleeding.
  • Blacking out.

Accident and Emergency departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured. If you telephone 999 and tell the operator that there is a medical emergency, a response vehicle may be sent to your location.

When and why?

Emergency services are very busy. They should only be used in very serious or life-threatening situations.

In Sheffield there is an A&E for adults at the Northern General and a separate A&E for children at Sheffield Children's Hospital .

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