Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is taking part in national Self Care Week 2014, (17- 23 November). This national campaign encourages people to take care of themselves and the health of their family and is supported by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing and NHS Choices.
This year's theme is "Self care for life – be healthy this winter" and raises awareness of how many common winter ailments don't require antibiotics, and that visiting a pharmacy for advice and treatment is often your best option.
In Hammersmith and Fulham we will be running information stalls at a number of GP practices to promote Self Care Week including Parkview Centre for Health and Wellbeing in White City, Sands End Health Clinic in Fulham and there will also be a special event looking at and long term conditions at St Paul’s Church, Hammersmith on Wednesday 19 November.
Self care is essential to good health including losing weight, getting fit, stop smoking, cutting down on alcohol, eating healthy food and managing common ailments at home.
Winter is a time when we are more likely to get ill. If you do catch a winter ailment such as a cough, cold or sore throat it is better to treat yourself by keeping warm and drinking plenty of fluids. Over the counter medicines can help with symptom relief and a pharmacist can offer advice if you need it.
As well as pharmacy support, NHS Choices and the Self Care Forum can provide helpful information on common winter ailments. It is important to remember that antibiotics don’t work on most winter illnesses like colds and flu as these are viral infections.
Before you visit A&E, remember what it’s there for. It provides vital care for life threatening emergencies. Most colds are not serious and get better by themselves. Contact your GP surgery for advice or call NHS 111 if you develop a high temperature (above 39°C or 102.2°F), which can be a sign of a more serious type of infection.
For more information on Self Care Week events in Hammersmith and Fulham please contact Amy Burgess, Communications and Engagement Lead on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0203 350 4303.