Supporting safe self-care across Reading

Supporting safe self-care across Reading

Update - 12 Nov: As part of Self Care Week 2015, we will be hosting a stand at Broad St Mall in Reading on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November, between the hours of 9am-5pm. We'll be speaking to shoppers about safe self-care and how they can look after themselves over the winter period. We will be outside TK Maxx on the ground floor.

We look forward to seeing you there!

GPs in Reading are encouraging local people to take ownership of their own wellbeing, this Self-Care Week, which is taking place from 16 – 22 November.

Self-Care Week is an annual national awareness campaign to remind people to prepare for winter and to understand how to take care of such common conditions as coughs and colds and sore throats. Another aim of the week is to encourage people to treat minor ailments at home rather than spending unnecessary time in A&E or at their GP surgery.

The theme for the week is “self-care for life” and some top tips include:

  • Beat the winter blues by eating well and being active - 30 minutes of physical activity a day is a key to physical health and mental wellbeing.
  • Read instructions on medicines, or talk to your pharmacist about over the counter cold & flu medicine, particularly if you take prescribed medicines
  • Stock up on over-the-counter medicines for winter ailments, such as flu remedies.
  • Coughs can last three to four weeks after an infection so you needn’t stay away from work and most sore throats last an average of eight days.
  • Remember that antibiotics don’t work on cold and flu symptoms.
  • Quitting smoking is one the best things you can do to improve your health.
  • If you have a long-term condition, plan ahead to make sure you don’t run out of prescriptions and medication.
  • A&E is for accidents and emergencies, not colds and flu.

Dr Andy Ciecierski, Clinical Chair for North and West Reading CCG and GP at Emmer Green Surgery said: “By supporting National Self Care Week, we are giving people the tools to look after their own health, while also easing pressure on the local NHS services. As well as reminding people to stock up on winter medicines and remedies, we’re also encouraging people to take preventative action, such as staying active to ward off illnesses.”

Graeme Hoskin, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Health, said: “With the weather getting colder, it is time for people to make sure they look after themselves a bit more. The key message is to keep warm – if you can, heat your home to least 18 degrees C; eat well and stay active; make sure you have a free flu vaccination if you are eligible and consider getting a flu jab if you are not; and get advice from your local pharmacist if you are feeling unwell before it gets more serious.

“If you need practical support to keep your home warm, the Council launches its annual Winter Watch in December aimed at vulnerable people, including the elderly and families with young children, with advice on keeping houses warm whilst reducing energy bills. Call 0118 937 3747, visit www.reading.gov.uk/winterwatch or email to find out more.”

For further information on how you can help yourself this Self-Care Week, please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/selfcare


Notes to editors:

  1. Self Care Week is a yearly campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of self-care and what people can do to take better care of their own health and their family’s health. The point of the campaign is to promote and encourage more self-care across communities, families and generations.
  2. Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for planning, designing and paying for NHS services. This includes planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation, most community services and mental health and learning disability services. Working with NHS England, this now includes planning GP services.
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