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Be Health Conscious - Self Care for Life and Take Control

20 November 2013

Bedfordshire CCG wants people to become more healthconscious and choose healthy options that will impact positively on theirphysical health as well as their mental wellbeing and self-esteem.

Dr Alvin Low, a Biggleswade GP said “Our hope is to inspire people to become more knowledgeable about their own health and take measures to stay well; for people to take control of their health and ultimately take control of their life.”

We want people to ‘Self Care for Life – Take Control’ which is the theme of this year’s Self Care Week campaign.  And, as part of our strategy on healthy living and patient empowerment, we are supporting Self Care Week 2013. Self Care for Life means eating properly, taking regular exercise and looking after symptoms of common everyday illness.  It is also about taking control and recognising when to self care and when to seek advice, and to know where that advice should come from.  Can the local pharmacist help or is a visit to the surgery needed?

The pressures on A&E services are heightened at this time of year when seasonal illness tends to be more prolific and not all patients who attend need to use this service. It’s important to be aware of the local services available to you. People often visit A&E with minor illnesses and injuries that could be better treated safely and quicker elsewhere. To support self care at home you can ensure your medicine cabinet is well stocked with paracetamol, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, rehydration mixture, indigestion remedy, plasters and thermometers. Find out more on self care at www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

You can also find out more about how to Self Care for Life and take control by visiting www.nhs.uk/selfcare.

Notes to editors

Self Care Week takes place 18-24 November 2013

Self Care Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of self care and what people can do to take care of their own health at home.  The point of the campaign is to promote and encourage more self care across communities, families and generations.

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