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However, despite this apparent willingness to self care, each year 57 million people visit their GP and 3.7 million people visit the accident and emergency department of their local hospital for symptoms that could be treated with self care and over the counter (OTC) products widely available in community pharmacies, large pharmacy chains and supermarkets. This unnecessary use of NHS services costs an estimated £2.3 billion pounds a year.

Self Care Conference

For health professionals, health managers and decision makers. Hear from teams implementing effective self care programmes. Share your successes and make connections.


Self Care Conference

Self Care Week

Join hundreds of health teams across the country in promoting self care during Self Care Week.

Self care factsheets

Self care factsheets

Factsheets to help healthcare professionals and patients discuss issues around self care including how to manage symptoms. Redirects to the Self Care Forum, a charity supported by PAGB.

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Self care products

Self Care Forum

Find resources for healthcare professionals, news and events (redirects to Self Care Forum website)