Increased self-care brings many benefits, not only for the individual, but for clinicians, the NHS, government and society as a whole. In this section you can find a summary of the evidence that supports the case for self-care.
What do we mean by ‘self-care’?
The Department of Health has described self-care as ‘the actions people take for themselves, their children and their families to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health; meet social and psychological needs; prevent illness or accidents; care for minor ailments and long-term conditions; and maintain health and wellbeing after an acute illness or discharge from hospital
For more information please follow the link http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/Yourhealth/Pages/Whatisselfcare.aspx
Don’t let hay fever spoil your summer
Did you know you don’t need to see your GP for hay fever treatment? (Click here for information)
Hay fever and seasonal allergy treatments such as tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays are all easily available at low cost from your local pharmacy – no prescription from your GP required!
Top tips to help ease hay fever symptoms:
- Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am to 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm)
- Avoid large grassy areas, woodland, cutting the grass and car fumes
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses
- Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to block inhalation of pollen
- Don’t dry washing outside to avoid pollen sticking to your clothes
- When you get in from outside wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes.
Spring and Summer health - Stock up for summer!
The warmer weather often means that we spend more time getting out and about. That is why it is even more important to make sure you stock up on some summer self-care essentials in case you need them.
Key first aid essentials include:
Painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
Antihistamines for allergies/hay fever
Antiseptic cream for bites and stings
Sunscreen at least factor 15
Plasters and bandages
Diarrhoea/constipation relief medication
Travel sickness medication
All of these are easily available to buy at local pharmacies or supermarkets.
For advice on travel health including sun safety, vaccinations, DVT and how to apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is available (Click HERE)