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Self Care

Warrington Wellbeing Booklet

Warrington Wellbeing

Wellbeing is about having a good quality of life; it can be described as feeling healthy, happy or being able to cope with the problems that can happen in life. There are many different issues that can affect your wellbeing; worries about money, feeling stuck in a rut, or maybe wanting help to change, for example quit smoking.

The Warrington Wellbeing Team – what we offer

The team can help you get the information and support you need to start feeling back on track. The team may be able to give you some personal advice, or they may help you to get advice from an expert. Warrington Wellbeing understands each person is an individual who needs tailored support, so you will get an individual plan to help you manage your situation.

You will be given a plan of support that will outline all the help and advice that is available. The worker will arrange to meet with you for up to 8 appointments, to work through this plan together.

When we might need to refer you to someone else

The team can't provide emergency mental health support. If you need help right now, please contact:

  • your GP, or call the NHS's 111 helpline if your GP surgery is closed
  • the Warrington Assessment Team on 01925 666647
  • the Samaritans on 116 123
  • or visit for advice and support services who can help you

The team are not clinical staff and so we cannot advise you or comment on medical conditions or medications.

The team are not legal experts but they may be able to refer you to a professional who can help.

Adult self care

Self care is about how you avoid becoming ill, treat common everyday illnesses and seek help when you need it as well as keeping fit and healthy.

Learning to take care of your own health is a good thing as it puts you in control, improves your quality of life and helps you live more healthily.

We want to make sure you know the best place to go in order to get the most suitable treatment, should you encounter a cold or flu, bruise, sprain, minor wound or fracture.

Choosing the right NHS service for your symptoms means you’ll get the treatment you need, in the right place at the right time. 

Here's some tips to keep well at home: 

  1. Home medicine kit

There are a range of minor illnesses and injuries that you can treat at home. Stock up your medicine cabinet with over-the-counter remedies to treat minor injuries and illnesses.

Here’s a simple checklist of the most likely items you might need:

  • Paracetamol/aspirin tablets
  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen syrups – preferably sugar-free for children (never give aspirin to children under the age of 16 and follow the instructions on the packet with other drugs and medicines)
  • Decongestants – for those with stuffy noses
  • Indigestion remedies, for example, antacid tablets or liquids
  • Antiseptic solutions or creams. Solutions are useful for cleaning minor cuts and grazes, but do read carefully, as some solutions need to be diluted in water before use
  • Thermometer – preferably the forehead type for children 2. NHS 111

If you need advice fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency and you’re not sure what to do, call 111 for GP out of hours and health care advice that is fast, easy and free. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.  NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

When should you use it? You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it is not a life threatening situation.  For less urgent health needs, you should contact your local pharmacist in the first instance.

How does it work? The NHS 111 service is staffed by a team of fully trained advisors, supported by experienced nurses, who will ask you questions to assess your symptoms.  They will then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you straightaway to the local service that can help you best.

Visit NHS Choices for more information about NHS 111.


Get answers to hundreds of health questions, including common childhood illnesses at 24 hours a day!

Advice Allergy or intolerance to cows milk in babies

Advice for coughs and colds

Fever in Children

Gastroenteritis in Children

Advice on Hayfever

Advice on Headlice

Advice on Mild acne

Advice on Pain

Advice on Piles

Advice on Sore eyes

Advice on Threadworms

Advice on Urinary Tract Infections in Children

Children's self care

You know your child and will know when something is wrong from quite early on. It is normal to worry that you may not recognise the signs that your child is unwell. Trust your instincts, you know your child best. Learn how to spot the signs of serious illness and how to cope if an accident happens.

If you know the basics and you are well prepared, you will find it easier to cope - and less scary. Keep a first aid kit somewhere up high where a child cannot reach it.

Make sure you have the right strength of medicine for the age of the child, always follow instructions carefully, check the use by dates and check with a Pharmacist if unsure.

For tips about how to self care, please view the following:

View information about fever in children

View information about giving children pain killers

View information about over the counter medicines for children

View more information about a wide range of childrens health questions

Self-care medicines

From Monday 29th January 2018 health professionals in Warrington will no longer prescribe additional medications for short term minor health problems, unless there is a specialist clinical need or for certain other exemptions. This follows on from a public consultation.

Full list of self-care medicines

Head lice treatments

Treatments for infant colic

Creams/ointments for nappy rash

Threadworm treatments

Treatment for vaginal thrush

Haemorrhoids treatment

Cough preparations

Eye care products


Treatments for mild acne

Dandruff and cradle cap treatments

Baby milks (unless a clinical need for a specialist milk)

Pain killers for minor aches and pains

Tonics, vitamins and health supplements

Ear wax removers

Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes

Indigestion remedies for occasional use

Creams for bruising, tattoos, and scars

Hair removal creams

Moisturisers and bath additives for dry skin

Sun creams

Foods and food supplements

Pain relief cream/ointment for short-term use

Oral antihistamines for hayfever

Decongestant nasal sprays

and tablets

Teething gels and mouth ulcer treatments

Vaginal moisturisers

Warts and verrucae paints

Heparinoid gel/cream


Antifungal treatments

Treatments for bites and stings

Treatments for cold sores

Antibacterial eye drops

Treatment for diarrhoea


We spend approximately £1 million per year on prescribing these medicines. This money could be and should be spent on other vital treatments for local people and make better use of our precious NHS resources.

For more information please ask at your GP practice reception or visit

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