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Self-Care week - empowering us to take control of our health

From 14 – 20 November, Self-Care Week 2016 will be in full swing and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the cause by encouraging patients and their families to take care of themselves.

 

Research has found that one of the main reasons that people give up on self-care and seek the advice of a doctor too early is because they don’t know enough about how long the symptoms of ailments like coughs and colds can last for.

 

Self-care Week is about knowing how to keep healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions and knowing when to seek appropriate help. Self-care is good for everyone and it also helps reduce demand on the NHS.

 

There’s lots of information and support on how to self-care on the NHS Choices www.nhs.uk including advice about minor illnesses and managing your physical and mental wellbeing, such as how to stop smoking, eat more healthily or deal with stress or anxiety.

 

The trust’s Medical Director Dr Ewen Sim said; “Trying your best to keep fit and eat healthily is a great way to self-care. The most effective ways to improve your health are stopping smoking, moderating alcohol weight control and being aware of your blood pressure. It’s important that you have the information you need to help them make healthier lifestyle choices and know where to go for advice and support.

 

Self-Care Week is an opportunity for all healthcare professionals to work with their local community to do just that. There is plenty of information out there to help people look after themselves if they have for example: a cold, hay fever, sprains and strains to name but a few. As well as NHS Choices, the Self Care Forum is a really useful website to help people take care of themselves.”

 

Look out on the trust’s Facebook page facebook/nhsbuzz or on Twitter @wirralct for tips and advice on self-care. Sometimes it can be something as simple as a conversation with your local pharmacist who can give you advice and save a trip to the GP.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:48

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