Self-Care Week returns this year from 14 – 20th November under the theme of health literacy and with a focus on self-care across communities, families and generations. The importance of self-care cannot be overstated as London gets wintery and colder and NHS primary health care services risk being overwhelmed.
Since it started in 2010, the Self Care Campaign has brought together representatives from key primary care organisations all over England to help develop a solutions-based approach to self-care. The Self Care Forum is committed to empowering people and is working towards achieving short and long term health goals for both individuals as well as primary health services.
Self Care Week also chimes positively with the aims of the on-going NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign and the theme of health literacy complements the Health Help Now app which has already been rolled out across a number of London boroughs.
Dr Marc Rowland, Chair of Lewisham CCG, said: "While it's natural to want to see your local doctor at the first sign of any possible illness, a lot of people are surprised that a visit to the pharmacist can often help get them peace of mind and on to the path to recovery just as effectively and much faster than a GP visit."
"It's also important that people have a well-stocked medicine cupboard at home in order to treat minor ailments such as a sore throat, a cold or a cough. Self-care is about knowing when and where to take personal health worries to a health professional."
NHS Choices has lots of information about how everyone can use self care to improve their health and wellbeing. You can read about how to:
Health advice is available 24 hours a day by calling NHS 111 and further information about Self Care Week can be found via the Self Care Forum's campaign website.