NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are encouraging people this self-care week to be aware of how they can look after themselves this winter.
By keeping fit and healthy, individuals can take control of their own health, manage minor illnesses and effectively manage long-term conditions.
If you do need further help, think carefully and examine the number of options available to you across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire:
• Through the NHS Care at the Chemist (minor aliments) scheme your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and medicines for a range of common illnesses and ailments, without the need to see a GP.
• When your local GP surgery is closed call NHS 111, who will direct you to the appropriate service available to you in your area
• If you have a long-term condition, prepare for winter by ensuring you do not run out of your medication but do only order what you need. Many pharmacists offer repeat prescription services without the need to see your GP.
• Use 111 rather than calling 999 for non-emergencies. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Claire Heneghan, chief nurse of NHS West Lancashire CCG, “It’s important that people know when and how they can treat themselves and when they should seek further advice. By taking simple steps to look after yourself this winter, you can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing.”
Dr Robert Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “When it comes to treating minor ailments and illnesses, examine the options available to you. You can get plenty of advice from your local chemist as well as on the NHS Choices website. Remember, the accident and emergency departments and ambulance services are for life-threatening conditions. By selecting the right option, you can help the NHS to direct their focus to the patients who need it the most.”
More information on how everyone can use self-care to improve their health and wellbeing is available on the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk