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Sunday, 19 November 2017
Supporting Self Care Week 2016
11 November 2016

GPs at NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups are supporting Self Care Week 2016, which runs from 14 - 20 November.

Self Care Week aims to raise awareness of the opportunities people have to take control of their own health, whether that is by taking care of minor conditions at home or choosing the right place to go for help and advice.

Dr Mark Shenton, a GP in Stowmarket and chairman of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s particularly appropriate that Self Care Week occurs during the winter months, as it is an ideal opportunity to remind people what they can do themselves to remain as healthy as possible during this cold and dark time of year.

“Self care is about taking control of your own health and doing what you can to stay healthy. At this time of year it’s extremely important that people in “at-risk” groups get their annual flu vaccination from their GP. Flu is often thought of as nothing more than a bad cold, however, if you are an older person, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant, the consequences of flu can be very serious, often resulting in an unwelcome hospital stay. If you haven’t yet had a flu vaccination please contact your GP practice. And, if you’ve got a parent or grandparent aged over 65 check that they have had the vaccination.”

Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “During and after Self Care Week I would like to encourage people to recognise just how much help and support their local pharmacy can offer. If you feel unwell you should pop in for help and advice, before making a GP appointment. Pharmacists have the knowledge and skills to advise on the best course of action. Many pharmacies are open long hours, including evenings and weekends and you don't need an appointment to speak with the pharmacist.

"The pharmacy is also the place to go for advice on what medicines you should keep at home, so that you're more easily able to deal with minor illness and injury. It needn't cost much to stock up on the basics such as paracetamol and sticking plasters and by doing so you'll be well placed for the winter months."

You can read and download a number of useful leaflets that will help you self care HERE

NHS Choices website has information on living with a long-term health condition HERE

Read more about Self Care Week 2016 HERE