Self Care

Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries. A large range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. This could include treatment for the following:

  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor sprains, sports injuries, grazed knee and scars
  • Coughs, colds, blocked noses, fevers and sore throat
  • Hangover

Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Find out what should be included.

Other self-care conditions and supplies include:

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Constipation, diarrhoea and haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Dry skin
  • Hayfever and allergies
  • Headlice (wet combing is recommended)
  • Indigestion remedies (for occasional use)
  • Mild acne and eczema
  • Skin rashes
  • Travel medicines
NHS Child Health App

NHS Child Health App

Speak to your local pharmacist to get advice on the best treatment for your symptoms. 

Medical advice for parents at your fingertips

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help them look after their children’s health.

The app gives easy to understand guidance on childhood illnesses, recognising when your child is unwell, and advice on when and where to seek further treatment.

The app, which is also available as a 115-page booklet, has been created by healthcare professionals across the region as part of the North East Urgent and Emergency Care Network.

The booklet and app contains everything from oral health, upset tummies and diarrhoea to advice on bumps and bruises.

Download the app now, available on Google Play and the App Store by searching for NHS child health or download the NHS Child Health booklet.​

NHS Website

The NHS is committed to supporting people to self-care whatever their need by providing  guidance and information.

The NHS website is a comprehensive service that helps to put you in control of your general healthcare offering comprehensive health information with thousands of articles, videos and tools, not only helping you to make the best choices about your health and lifestyle but also about making the most of NHS and social care services in England.

Shared Decision Making

Shared Decision Making is the conversation between a patient and a health professional which leads to the best care or treatment decision for that patient. This conversation helps patients and professionals to understand what is important to the other person.

The clinician uses their knowledge of the patient’s clinical condition to explain the treatment options, the benefits and risks. The patient asks any questions they may have and explores the options available. The patient then makes an informed decision, which best meets their needs and preferences.

Decision Aids

To support Shared Decision Making, decision aids are available, which are designed to help patients fully understand the available treatment options; to consider the pros and cons of each option, and to facilitate communication with their healthcare professional.  The following decision aids were developed with members of the CCGs Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG):

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patient information leaflet

Glue Ear patient information leaflet

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding patient information leaflet

Hiatus hernia patient information leaflet

Osteoarthritis of the hip patient information leaflet

Osteoarthritis of the Knee patient information leaflet


For further information on Shared Decision Making, please click here to visit the NHS England website.


Patient Decision Aids now available on NICE Evidence site

The 28 short form Patient Decision Aids (PDAs) are now available for download by CCGs, GPs and stakeholders on the NICE Evidence Search website

Healthy Eating

Eating well really benefits both your own health and also the rest of your family’s health. A healthy balanced diet combined with physical activity will result in you feeling much better about the way you look and feel, as well as preventing health problems such as heart disease.

Eat Well Guide 2016

Eat Well Guide 2016

Find out more about healthy eating on NHS Choices.