Take care of yourself for Self Care Week

There are just two weeks to go until national Self Care Week, which this year takes place between 14th and 20th November.

Self Care Week aims to encourage all of us to learn how to take control and be actively involved in improving our own health and well-being, especially those with a long term condition such as diabetes or chronic respiratory problems.

This isn’t just about learning how we keep our bodies fit and healthy but also how we treat minor ailments, take medicine and seek help when we need it.

People often visit hospitals with minor illnesses and injuries that could often be better treated more quickly elsewhere, or at home using simple remedies.

Your local pharmacist can offer you free, qualified health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines.

All year round, pharmacists can also advise in confidence on healthy eating, obesity and giving up smoking.

Professor Chris Welsh, Medical Director at NHS Midlands and East said: “Self Care Week is an important reminder of what services and information are available to help people take care of themselves.

“People with long term conditions often have more complex health needs than others. However, with the support of healthcare professionals, they can plan their care to help manage their condition and prevent unnecessary visits to hospital.”

If it’s not an emergency, please don’t go to A&E or ring 999. People can help the NHS during these busy times by making sure they ‘choose well’ and consider using other parts of the NHS, such as a pharmacist, their GP, NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or online at www.nhs.uk. If you need treatment, consider using a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit.