Self-Care can help keep you healthy this winter
Patients have been reminded that they can play a key role in staying healthy this winter by learning more about self-care.
Health bosses in the county have backed a national campaign and urged residents to learn more about the ways they can treat minor ailments themselves at home and also keep themselves fit and healthy.
Self-Care Week runs from November 12 to 18. It aims to educate people of the benefits of doing everything they can themselves to look after their health and wellbeing.
Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.
To help people with self-care, the NHS in Lincolnshire has launched a new health care and advice website and app.
Wendy Martin, Executive Lead Nurse, Midwife and Quality at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, said people learning how to best care for themselves would help them stay fit and healthy more often.
She said: “Self-care is a vitally important element of health care and is often overlooked by many people.
“It is simply about knowing how to live healthier lives by changing habits and lifestyle choices.
“Also, being prepared with a first aid kit and well stocked medicine cabinet to enable you to treat yourself those minor ailments we often see in winter.
“It is also important for people to know about the role pharmacists can play. Many remedies and medicines can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
“There is also a wealth of information available on the NHS website.
“Self-care can help relieve a lot of the pressures faced by health services. This can include places such as GP surgeries and Accident and Emergency departments. It is an important thing for people to be aware of.
“As winter approaches, by being clear on good self-care practices and alternative places to get health advice and minor treatment, people can make sure they stay healthy over the colder months.”
The ASAPLincs website and app has been built using the very latest attendance data from the county’s emergency departments and focuses on common minor ailments people present to A&E with.
It provides users with information about the conditions and some advice on how to treat it – if suitable – themselves.
The website and app can also direct the user to the most appropriate treatment setting depending on their needs.
Ms Martin added: “The response to ASAPLincs has been very positive. It has helped some people learn more about self-care and where to have minor injuries and illnesses treated.
“Winter is usually a very busy and pressurised time of year for emergency departments. I would urge everyone to download ASAPLincs, or bookmark the website.
“Please make use of it if you or a loved one fall ill and it is not an emergency.”
For more help and advice on self-care and the Self Care Week, visit http://www.selfcareforum.org/
To download ASAPLincs for free, search ASAP Lincs NHS in your app store, or visit www.asaplincs.nhs.uk