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Online resources to help you self-care

by Dr Alison Harvey, GP at Chillington Health Centre

Broadly speaking, self-care means treating yourself when you have a health problem that doesn’t need medical care.

However, understanding when self-care is the appropriate course of action is often tricky.

For instance, how do you know when a health condition is ‘minor’? And, at what point does it become something that needs to be checked by a doctor?

Fortunately, a wealth of NHS-approved online resources and information is available to help you find out more about your condition and treat it appropriately. 

You’ll also find a wealth of information and links to resources on our own website. These include apps, fact-sheets and videos provided by a variety of approved organisations.Just go to the ‘Get health information’ page of our website and click on the condition or issue that applies to you.

To give you an idea of what’s available, we’ve put together this quick guide.

The NHS app

The NHS App is a simple and secure way to check symptoms and find appropriate treatments on your tablet or smartphone. It gives you the option of searching for conditions (they’re set out in alphabetical order) and treatments, or to find out if your condition might need more urgent help.

You can also use the app to log in and access a host of other GP services – for instance, you can book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your medical record and register your organ donation decision. The app, which is owned and run by the NHS, is available for Apple and Android devices.


EConsult is a platform you can use to consult with GPs online, and can be accessed from every page on Chillington Health Centre website.

As well as offering the opportunity to consult online with your GP, eConsult carries a wealth of advice and guidance on how to self-care. If you choose to help yourself, you’ll be able to look up information on your condition, watch videos, and find out the best treatment.

HANDi Paediatrics app

The HANDi app provides advice and support to parents and carers when your child is unwell. It offers simple and straightforward advice, for the common childhood illnesses, including diarrhoea, high temperature and common ailments suffered by new-borns.

The app asks you a series of questions about your child’s symptoms and advises on the best course of action, whether that’s to treat at home, make a GP appointment, or head to A&E. HANDi is available for Apple and Android devices.

my mhealth: myDiabetes app

myDiabetes helps you manage type 1 and type 2 diabetes based on the latest National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

The app aims to help you understand more about your condition, the best way to manage it, and how to tackle some of the common issues associated with it. myDiabetes is available for Apple and Android devices.

my mhealth: myCOPD app

‘myCOPD helps people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) manage their condition. You can use it to perfect your inhaler technique, improve your breathing, reduce exacerbations and track your medication. myCOPD is available for Apple and Android devices.

MyHealth Devon website

MyHealth Devon provides the people of Devon with the information they need to make informed choices about their health and care.

It includes tools and information to help people self-care and the local support that’s available for people affected by health issues.

The website has been developed by the Devon Referral Support Service (DRSS), which works on behalf of all of the GP practices in Devon and East Cornwall.

We have produced a leaflet that includes lots of information to help you look after yourself when you have a minor illness, ailment or injury.

Pick up a copy in the surgery.