NHS urges Northamptonshire people to ‘self care’

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This week is Self Care Week and local NHS leaders are asking people to make lifestyle choices that will improve their health, their mental wellbeing and self-esteem.

Dr Judith Dawson, urgent care clinical lead at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Our hope is to inspire people to become more knowledgeable about their own health and take measures to stay well. People who take control of their health ultimately take control of their lives.

“We want people to ‘Self Care for Life – Take Control’, which is the theme of this year’s Self Care Week, 18 to 24 November. The right choices made in that week should stand them in good stead for many years to come.”

The CCG hopes people will get involved and to learn how to improve their health and their family’s health.

For many people, ‘Self Care for Life’ means eating properly, taking regular exercise and looking after symptoms of common everyday illnesses. It is also about taking control and recognising when to self care and when to seek advice, and to know where that advice should come from.

People who live in Northamptonshire can take advantage of a menu of choices for advice and healthcare, depending on their needs and symptoms. If self care is not the answer, the key things to remember are:

Busy A&E units are only for serious and life-threatening conditions such as heavy bleeding, broken bones, burns and scalds, chest pain and strokes

It’s normally better to go to a pharmacy, GP, or urgent care centre

Try phoning 111 for a local NHS helpline or going to the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk

You can also find out more about making the right choices by going to NHS Nene CCGs website www.neneccg.nhs.uk/choosewell. Older people, teenagers and parents of under 5 can use the online interactive health guides, which are full of self care information.