This self-care week (15-21 November) residents across Pennine Lancashire are being reminded that self-care doesn’t mean do it yourself.
As main health services such as GPs, walk-in centres and A&E are busier than ever the best way to help avoid long waits is to prevent health and wellbeing issues getting to the point of needing medical help. Self-care is the term used to describe just that, but it doesn’t mean you have to do all the work yourself.
Dr David White, GP clinical lead for unscheduled (urgent) care at Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Being able to self-care for common illnesses like earache, sore throats and upset stomachs is really important. Symptoms of these illnesses usually go away in a few days and can be treated with medicine available over the counter from most supermarkets and pharmacies.”
“We want to empower and help people take charge of their own health. Everyone can make small changes to their lifestyle to help improve their physical health and mental wellbeing, such as maintaining an active lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking.”
NHS teams across Pennine Lancashire are backing the national Help us Help You campaign which aims to help direct people to the most appropriate health service for their need.
Dr White added: “We’d like to use self-care week to encourage people to talk to their local high-street pharmacy or go online to find health advice via 111 online.”