As part of Self Care Week 2014, local GPs are calling on Enfield residents to take control of their own health this winter.
Running from 17 to 23 November, the national campaign aims to raise awareness of how people can treat many common illnesses or injuries at home with over the counter treatments or by getting plenty of rest. The theme for this year’s Self Care Week is "Self-care for life – be healthy this winter".
Dr Mo Abedi, a local GP and Chair of Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“Many common winter ailments don’t require antibiotics and can be best treated at home. Your local pharmacist is well placed to give you advice and treatment for a whole range of conditions – from a cough or a cold to a grazed knee.
“Simple steps such as staying fit and healthy can help to fight off common winter bugs. It’s also useful to have basic medical supplies such as paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, indigestion medication, plasters or a thermometer available at home for when the need arises.”
As part of the minor ailment scheme, pharmacists in Enfield are able to dispense certain over the counter medications free of charge to people who pay prescription charges. This includes children, elderly people and women who are pregnant or have recently had a baby, as well as people with a medical exemption.
Dr Abedi added:
“Understanding the options available for self-care can help you to recover more quickly, saving you an unnecessary trip to the GP and freeing up vital appointments for the people that really need them, at a time of year when the NHS is under most pressure.”
For people with serious and long-term health conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, learning about how to better manage their condition at home could help to improve their overall quality of life and wellbeing.
For more information on how you can use self-care to manage common ailments yourself visit the NHS Choices website or ask your local pharmacist for advice.