Self Care Week 2017
Learn how to stay well for life this Self Care Week
(13th to 19th November 2017)
The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is launching a campaign this Self-Care Week which runs from 13th to 19th November 2017.
How often have you gone to your GP for help with a minor illness or looking for some reassurance? In many cases you are more capable than you might think, of taking care of your illness independently, perhaps you just lack the confidence to do so.We want to help build your confidence in preventing and treating minor illnesses yourself.
We’ve brought together a full range of videos, factsheets and information, all in one easy place on this website, so that you can start to take control of your own health, both now and for the rest of your life..
Self-Care Week, which forms part of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland winter plan, will feature a different topic on each day.
Follow the campaign on Twitter @StayWellLLR and Facebook (Page: Stay well Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland). Look for the hashtag #StayWellLLR
What if I do need medical advice?
If your illness does not improve or gets worse, your GP practice should be your next port of call. However, if it is just some advice or reassurance that you need, NHS 111 is on hand 24 hours a day to advise you on how to look after you illness, make referrals or book appointments at any health services that are necessary. If your condition is really serious, they can even arrange for an ambulance if needed. Many patients struggle to work out which health service they should use. NHS 111 takes all that guess work away and will tell you which service you need.
- Children's Health (Launching 13th November 2017)
- coughs and colds
- upset tummies
- bumps, bruises and falls.
- Older People (Launching 14th November 2017)
- Caring for Others (Launching 15th November 2017)
People who look after someone else on a daily basis, who wouldn’t cope without their help, are being asked to tell their GP Practice so they themselves can get extra support by being registered as a carer. They will also receive advice about looking after their own health.
Everyone will be asked to play a part in becoming a winter buddy to keep an eye on older and vulnerable friends and neighbours.
- Long Term Conditions (Launching 16th November 2017)
If you have a long term condition, it is very important to stay on top of things to prevent the condition from getting worse. Advice will be given about how to do this, as well as how to maximise mental wellbeing.
Everyone will also be encouraged to sign up to the Summary Care Record. If a patient needs medical help outside of their GP Practice’s normal working hours, the information in the record will help health professionals to make the most informed decisions about their care.
- Coughs, Colds and Antibiotics (Launching 17th November 2017)
A significant proportion of GP time is taken up with common winter viruses such as coughs, colds and sore throats. We’ve got lots of tips on how to take care of winter bugs at home, how to prevent the spread of infection and when you might need to seek further help.
18th November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day and so we’re giving advice on why we need to limit our use of antibiotics for minor health conditions, so that they will continue to be effective against serious illnesses. Antibiotics will not cure common winter bugs, so we’re asking everyone to trust your your GP and not pressure them to prescribe antibiotics.