Think self care this winter

When you’re feeling ill with a minor illness like a cold or sore throat, or have picked up a minor injury, do you know how to treat the symptoms at home? 

During Self Care Week (18 – 24 November 2019) health teams across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are encouraging us all to take control of our health and wellbeing so we can get better sooner.

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, a local GP, said: “Self care is just as it sounds, it’s looking after yourself to the best of your ability when you have a medical problem, and there are a wide range of things you can do to help yourself and be ready for when minor illnesses and health issues start. 

“You can start soothing things like sunburns, coughs and headaches, straight away with remedies in a well-stocked first aid kit and medicine cabinet. By treating common ailments with self care they can be resolved quickly and you can get back to enjoying your life.” 

The key steps to self care are:

  • Having a well stocked medicine cabinet at home with over-the-counter remedies to start fighting symptoms as soon as they strike
  • Knowing how long many illnesses take to go away on their own and when to get further advice
  • Talking to your local pharmacist, calling 111 or using 111 for more advice on the next steps to take and the most appropriate local service for your need.

You can find out all about these steps on your local CCG website.

Monday 18 November marks European Antibiotic Awareness Day and the start of the World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November).

Dr Shammy Noor, GP in Lichfield and Chair of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "Viruses are ultimately destroyed by our body's own immune system, so by taking antibiotics we could actually harm our body's natural response to fight common viruses and impact our recovery.

“Antibiotics also have side effects like diarrhoea and vomiting, and therefore not only will they not cure the underlying problem, but they could make us feel worse.”

  

We’ll be sharing self care tips on our social media channels during Self Care Week using the Hashtag #ChooseSelfCare.  We’re @StaffsCCGs on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Find out more on your local CCG website: 
https://www.northstaffsccg.nhs.uk/your-services/over-the-counter-medicines-self-care  
https://www.stokeccg.nhs.uk/stoke-your-services/self-care  
https://www.staffordsurroundsccg.nhs.uk/our-services2/self-care  
https://www.cannockchaseccg.nhs.uk/our-services/self-care  
https://sesandspccg.nhs.uk/our-services/self-care  
https://eaststaffsccg.nhs.uk/your-health/self-care

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