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Self Care Leaflet

As part of an NHS self-care policy for South Devon and Torbay, patients are being urged to buy low-cost medicines and supplies from high street outlets rather than get them on prescription.

The aim of this is to reduce the £500,000 spent on medicines and supplies for minor ailments last year. This money, spent on medicines readily available through other means at a lower cost to patients, could have been better spent on treating more serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

As part of the self-care policy, all GPs and pharmacies in South Devon and Torbay now have a leaflet that explains why the CCG is promoting self-care and how patients can support this new initiative.

A new report by NHS England shows that one in four GP appointments are potentially avoidable, and that about one in 18 people could be treated by self-care or seen by their community pharmacist.

The NHS have been working hard alongside the general public to promote Self Care, this promotion includes knowing what facilities are available to you in the unfortunate circumstance that you become ill. Pharmacists are working alongside GP's to bring down the rate of avoidable GP appointments and assisting patients in taking control of their own care. Any consultation you have with a pharmacist is confidential, and an appointment is not necessary to see a pharmacist, who is often available in the evenings and at weekends. Pharmacists are able to consult with you on a number of conditions including;

- Impetigo (diagnosis and treatment under certain criteria)

- Nappy rash

- Conjunctivitis

- Urinary Tract Infections

- Common cold and flu like symptoms

You are able to pop into most pharmacies to have a consultation about your condition. Should you meet the criteria pharmacists have in place they may often diagnose and refer you to a GP should they believe it necessary. It is always worth having a word with your pharmacist before making an appointment with a GP to save on waiting times and NHS expenses.

For videos holding information about how best to provide self care please visit this link

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