Self Care Week, 15 – 21 November

Self Care Week, 15 – 21 November, is a UK-wide annual event that raises awareness of what we can all do to improve our physical health and mental wellbeing – before we turn to NHS services. This year, the theme is ‘Practise self care for life’.

This self care week, we’re focusing on sharing how pharmacists – located along every shopping high street, and within some supermarkets too – are health experts who can help with all sorts of minor health conditions. Pharmacists can also signpost to the right place for additional health advice or treatment should it be needed.

Conditions that pharmacists can help with include, mild coughs, colds, dry skin and sore throats, which are common at this time of year. These can all be treated by medicines bought over-the-counter at any pharmacy – without a prescription.

Pharmacists can advise on what medicines to keep at home in case of illness, and which ones are suitable for you and your family. Having your own medicine cabinet at home means that medicines are quickly available when you need them.

If you’d like to know what else pharmacists can help you with, read 10 things you didn’t know you could ask a pharmacist.