Self Care is advice and support by the pharmacist and pharmacy staff , so that you get the maximum benefit from caring for themselves or dependants.
Community pharmacists and staff are ideally suited to support people with long term conditions to self care.
Pharmacies are located where people live, shop and work in all communities, including the most deprived areas. Both well and not-so-well people use pharmacies frequently, especially women and mothers who tend to take the lead within the home on health matters and healthy living.
Pharmacies provide the mainstay of advice for the general public on self care of minor ailments and are often the first port-of-call when a condition arises, and as more products are being reclassified from prescription-only to pharmacy only medicines, pharmacists will have an increasingly broad range of treatments to offer those seeking to self care, including medication for the prevention of disease.
The degree of access that community pharmacy enjoys means that services aimed at supporting people to change their lifestyles, eg, smoking cessation, weight management, sexual health services have an impact and reach when provided from a pharmacy setting, which is unrivalled in primary care.
Pharmacies are proving convenient locations for providing diagnostic and therapeutic monitoring services that help people to care for their own condition effectively like blood pressure monitors; pharmacists can also support those who are self testing at home with advice on both management of their condition and the quality control of the testing process itself.
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