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Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Self-care campaign

The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is launching a campaign this Self-Care Week which runs from 13th to 19th November 2017.

The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is launching a campaign this Self-Care Week which runs from 13th to 19th November 2017. We want to help build your confidence in preventing and treating minor illnesses yourself. We’ve brought together a full range of videos, factsheets and information all in one easy place, to help you become better equipped to take control of your health for life.

Self-Care Week, which forms part of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland winter plan, will feature a different topic on each day.

About the topics

Monday 13th November – Children’s health: How to take care of common childhood illnesses such as coughs and colds, fever, upset tummies, rashes and bumps, bruises and falls.

Tuesday 14th November – Older people: As we age, it becomes more important to take care of ourselves to prevent us from becoming unwell, particularly over the winter. We’ll be giving advice about keeping warm, preventing slips, trips and falls and generally staying healthy.

Wednesday 15th November – Caring for others: advice for you if you look after someone on a daily basis, who wouldn’t cope without your help. If you’re a carer, make sure you tell your GP and that you get the support you need to look after your own health too, not just the person you care for.

We’re also encouraging everyone to consider becoming a winter buddy, to keep an eye on older and vulnerable friends and neighbours.

Thursday 16th November – Long term conditions and mental health: If you have a long term condition, it is very important to stay on top of things to prevent the condition from getting worse. We’ve got advice on how to do this, as well as how to maximise your mental wellbeing.

We’re also encouraging everyone to sign up to the Summary Care Record. If you need medical help outside of your GP Practice’s normal working hours, the information in your health record will help health professionals to make the most informed decisions about your care.

Friday 17th November – Taking care of coughs and colds: A significant proportion of GP time is taken up with common winter viruses, such as coughs, colds and sore throats. We’ve got lots of tips on how to take care of winter bugs at home, how to prevent the spread of infection and when you might need to seek further help.

Saturday 18th November – Keep antibiotics working: 18th November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day and so we’re giving advice on why we need to limit our use of antibiotics for minor health conditions, so that they will continue to be effective against serious illnesses. Antibiotics will not cure common winter bugs, so we’re asking everyone not to pressure your GP to prescribe them for you.

Especially for this campaign, the local NHS has developed a new website, live from Monday 13th November at  www.staywell-llr.org.uk which provides people with a wealth of advice through fact sheets, videos, links and information to keep themselves well this winter.

So keep this link nearby so you have it to hand if you need health advice for you or your family this winter. www.staywell-llr.org.uk.

In addition to the daily topics mentioned above the website will include information on:

NHS 111
Flu
Asthma
Prescriptions

Follow the campaign on Twitter @StayWellLLR and on Facebook (Page: Stay well Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland). Look for the hashtag #StayWellLLR