Self Care Week

NHS Shropshire CCG is supporting Self Care Week 2018, which runs 12 – 18 November. This year’s theme is “Choosing Self Care for Life.” GPs in Shropshire are joining the campaign to raise awareness of how people can choose self care for a healthier, happier life.

Self care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help, and when to get advice from your GP or another health professional.

During the week, teams from Shropshire CCG will be sited at large supermarkets across the county sharing free self care hints and tips to people on how to make small changes that can make a big difference in protecting their physical health and mental well-being. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out how they can Choose Self Care for Life at these free roadshow events.

The CCG’s Self Care Roadshow will be at the following venues:

 NHS Shropshire CCG Self Care Roadshow Location and Dates

Mon 12 Nov

9am -  5pm

Tues 13 Nov

9am – 5pm

Wed 14 Nov

9am – 5pm

Thurs 15 Nov

9am – 5pm

Fri 16 Nov

9am – 5pm

Asda

Shrewsbury

Morrisons

Shrewsbury

Morrisons

Shrewsbury

Tesco (Battlefield) Shrewsbury

Tesco (Battlefield) Shrewsbury

Morrisons

Oswestry

Morrisons

Oswestry

Tesco

Ellesmere

Sainsbury's

Oswestry

Morrisons

Market Drayton

Sainsbury's

Bridgnorth

Sainsbury's

Bridgnorth

Tesco

Ludlow

Tesco

Ludlow

Sainsbury's

Bridgnorth

Choosing Self Care for Life is about making improvements in your life to protect your physical health and mental well-being.  Some of the best tips for keeping healthy include:

  • Get active; advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, it’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs
  • Eat well. We all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
  • Make positive changes. Take steps to stop those bad habits that you’ve been wanting to break. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, and get active. Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking services.
  • A good night’s sleep is as essential to our health and well-being as eating healthily and exercising so make sure you get the recommended seven to eight hours a night.
  • Stop! These days we lead have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop.  Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire CCG and Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “Choosing self care for life is also about safely managing long term conditions and understanding how to self-treat those common complaints such as coughs, colds, sore throats and taking advice from the pharmacist if you’re unsure of symptoms. GPs can also help with lifestyle advice.”

Many common, short-term, minor health conditions such as sprains, colds, and coughs can be treated at home or with advice from a pharmacist without a trip to the GP or Emergency Department (A&E). Using the right health service for your health needs will save you time and help take pressure off the NHS.

Dr Edward Rysdale, an emergency medicine consultant at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Before visiting the Emergency Department consider whether there is a service better suited to your health needs. Think about using information on NHS Choices, calling NHS 111, or visiting your pharmacy for health advice. You may not need to wait in the Emergency Department for something you may be able to treat at home or with help from the pharmacist or GP.

“The Emergency Department is for serious, life-threatening conditions such as severe bleeding, heart attacks, and badly broken bones. Urgent care and walk-in centres can help you with non-serious injuries such as cuts, sprains, some broken bones, scalds and minor eye injuries.”

Inderpreet Kaur, Pharmacist, said:  “The local pharmacist can help with all sorts of health care advice and treatments without an appointment, as well as minor, short term conditions we can also help with services such as stop smoking, weight management and sexual health.  If we feel you need it, we can also signpost you to another NHS service.  We are here to help. ”

Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing at Shropshire Council and Arnold England, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, for Telford and Wrekin Council, said: ‘’It’s never too early or too late to begin to make small, simple changes that will enhance and protect your health now and, in the future, and often, one small change will make a big difference to your well-being. 

“For instance, choosing to become more active will not only improve your physical health, it will also boost your mood, particularly if you choose to exercise outdoors in the fresh air.”

To find out more about self care click here.