As main health service providers such as GPs, walk-in centres and A&E are busier than ever, the best way to help avoid long waits is to prevent health and wellbeing issues from getting to the point of needing medical help. Self-care is the term used to describe just that, but it doesn’t mean you have to do all the work yourself.
Doctor Chris Grant, the trust’s Medical Director said: “Being able to self-care for common illnesses like earache, sore throats and upset stomachs is really important. Symptoms of these illnesses usually go away in a few days and can be treated with medicine which is available over the counter from most supermarkets and pharmacies.
“We want to empower and help people take charge of their own health. Everyone can make small changes to their lifestyle to help improve their physical health and mental wellbeing, such as maintaining an active lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking.”
All NHS teams across North West are backing the national ‘Help us Help You’ campaign which aims to help direct people to the most appropriate health service for their needs.
Dr Grant added: “We’d like to use self-care week to encourage people to talk to their local high-street pharmacy or go online to find health advice via 111 online. It is really important to remember the ambulance service is here for those who need our help in serious medical emergencies.”