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Embracing Self Care

Embracing Self Care for Life

The Strand Medical Group wants to share ways for how you can embrace Self Care for Life.

Embracing Self Care for Life is about living well and being healthy.  Being active, eating healthily and learning when to self treat common ailments are all ways to embrace self care.

Many long term conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are avoidable. However, numbers are still increasing. It is important to embrace self care, making healthy life choices now in order to look after ourselves in the future. 

A statement from the local public health director says ‘’There are some really simple changes you can make to help avoid getting a long term condition.”

  • “Move more! If going to the gym isn’t for you, try walking part of the way to work, taking the stairs or having a dance to your favourite songs!”
  • “Stop smoking!  One of the best things you can do for your health is to stop smoking.  Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services. “
  • “Sleep.  A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental health so don’t burn the candle at both ends, make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night!”
  • “Eat well. It is vitally important that we get the nutrients we need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar.  Try swapping chocolate and crisps to nuts and fruit for healthy snack options. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight. “
  • “Relax.  We have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to take time out to relax, but it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing.  Find time in the day to be still and quieten your mind. Consider mindfulness or yoga as these can be helpful.’’

Pharmacists help

Also, don’t forget your health expert on the High Street – the community pharmacist. Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who can give advice and recommend treatments for self treatable conditions such as coughs, colds, sprains and strains. Many people still visit the GP or A&E for conditions that could be treated at home or with pharmacists’ advice. Using the wrong health service increases the strain on our NHS, so it is important to think about what is the best service for your health needs.

  • People go to the doctor with common ailments because they are unsure how long symptoms last and need reassurance that it isn’t anything more serious.  Instead of waiting for an appointment at your surgery, consider going to your local pharmacist first.
  • Pharmacists will help you choose the right treatment for your ailment and can explain the normal duration of symptoms. They can also offer you help to stop smoking, manage your weight, as well as providing flu jabs and blood pressure checks. Many pharmacies even have private consulting rooms.
  • If you have a cold or flu it is worth remembering that antibiotics won’t help. In fact, taking them can reduce their effectiveness when taken for ailments they can help with.
  • In the UK most people are only 20 minutes away from an expert on the High Street. If you have a long term condition and are worried how common ailments may be affecting you, or just want some advice on managing your medicines, why not consider visiting your pharmacist first.

Accident & Emergency

Some health conditions such as sprains, colds and coughs can be treated without a trip to the GP. Treating self treatable conditions at home, and using the right health services for your needs will help take pressure off the NHS.

One A&E consultant sated “The NHS constitution, which is the NHS handbook, says ‘please recognise you can make a significant contribution to your own and your family’s good health and wellbeing and take responsibility for it.’ It is important to take some time to understand how you may be able to help yourself before accessing health services.’’

There are 3.7m visits a year to A&E for self-treatable conditions such as colds, flu and colic, which puts the NHS under unnecessary strain. This means less time for people with life threatening conditions such as severe bleeding or heart attacks who vitally need A&E services. 

Before visiting A&E, consider whether there is a service better suited to your needs. Think about using information on NHS website, calling NHS 111 or visiting your local pharmacist for advice. Don’t spend four hours waiting for an A&E appointment for something you may be able to treat at home.

Feel confident in looking after your health, help your NHS and embrace Self Care for Life. Also save yourself the time and hassle of booking a GP appointment or visiting A&E. Choose to feel confident about managing your health and take a trip to your local pharmacist. During Self Care Week, and always, make time to think about the positive steps you can take to embrace Self Care for Life. Let’s make Self Care a life long habit.  For more information on how to embrace Self Care for Life why not visit the self care website or pick up a leaflet during self care week from the surgery



Choosing the right treatment when you feel unwell

Make the right choice at the right time and you will be able to get the best possible treatment through the NHS.

NHS Website - Health A-Z - Conditions and treatments

Treat yourself at home – a well stocked medicine cabinet with help with many common illnesses.

Ask your Pharmacist – from sprains to stomach upsets, your local Pharmacist is qualified to give expert advice.

NHS 111 – call 24 hours a day by dialling 111 fo health advice and reassurance. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles

Walk-in Centre - Worthing Hospital have a minor injuries unit, open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

A&E / 999 – call 999 or visit A & E for emergencies such as loss of consciousness, severe chest pain, serious accidents or loss of blood.

Home Oxygen Orders – contact customersupport@dolbyvivisol.com

Your GP Surgery – for vaccinations, prescriptions, medical advice and care, call for an appointment with your GP, Practice Nurse or at one of our specialist clinics.

If you're living with a long term illness - click on link for Expert Patients contact



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