NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is setting people on the road to self-care this winter – with a little help from ‘Our Street.’
‘Our Street’ is an animated street somewhere in Yorkshire and two of its characters, Doris Clarke and Samira Sadiq have an important message to share.
In the latest animated story, Doris, ‘Our Street’s’ oldest resident and unofficial star, is shown giving her friend and neighbour Samira some advice on a problem that has been bothering her for a while. To view how Samira gets on with Doris’s advice visit Samira Sadiq at www.thisisourstreet.com
The message is all about self-care, which means eating properly, taking regular exercise and looking after your symptoms of common everyday illnesses. It is also about taking control and recognising when to self-care and when to seek advice, and if you do need advice, think about your local pharmacist or whether a visit to your GP surgery is necessary.
Self-care is especially important for those with a long-term condition – it is essential they know how to understand that condition and how to live well with it daily.
Sohaib Saleem, pharmacist at the Eye Pharmacy, Mirfield said: “Quite often people will go to see their GP or even the local Accident and Emergency department with ailments that could easily be cured by a quick trip to their local high street pharmacy.
“I’m not sure everyone knows about all the things pharmacists can offer, saving people valuable time and trouble, instead of waiting for an appointment at their local GP’s. As well as dispensing medicines we offer services such as allergy screening, blood pressure and cholesterol checks. We can even offer flu jabs, advice on treatment of minor ailments such as bugs, viruses, minor injuries and women’s health.
“Now that winter is here, we’ll see lots of people with colds and flu. There’s no cure for these conditions, but you can certainly shorten them and alleviate the symptoms by doing the right things. Your local pharmacy is the best place for this.
“Antibiotics are not the answer for colds and flu; taking them can reduce their effectiveness when you need them to cure ailments that they can help with.”
Sohaib added that if people were unsure of where to go, they could ring the free, 24-hour helpline NHS 111.
The NHS website also has lots of useful information and advice about how everyone can use self-care to improve their health and wellbeing. Visit: www.nhs.uk
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