NHS commissioning group backs self care awareness campaign
WITH already hard-pressed health services set to come under increasing pressure with the onset of winter, officials at the NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group are reminding residents in the borough how they can help to ease the burden.
The CCG is supporting Self Care Week (November 13-19) a national awareness campaign to promote and embed self-care across communities, families and generations.
Dr John Caine, a local GP and chair of NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “We know that people want to be able to manage their own conditions but many are unaware that by simply visiting their local pharmacist and having a well-stocked medicine cabinet, many conditions can be managed at home.
“We want patients and carers to feel confident enough to know what they can manage themselves and what needs to be looked at by their GP.”
NHS West Lancashire CCG recently launched its new self-care programme, Saving Money is Saving Lives, to let residents know what conditions could be managed at home or by visiting their local pharmacist and provides them with the resources to help manage these conditions.
Leaflets and posters providing more information on self-care and what patients can do are available from all GP practices and pharmacies across the region.
Dr Caine continued: “As well as visiting your local pharmacy and keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet, there are other things that we can all do to help ourselves.
“Move more. If going to the gym isn’t for you, try walking part of the way to work or taking the stairs.
“Stop smoking. One of the best things you can do for your health is to stop smoking. Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services.
“Sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental health so don’t burn the candle at both ends, make sure you get at least seven hours sleep a night.”
More information is available on the NHS West Lancashire CCG website, www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk or by speaking to your local pharmacist or GP.