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Is Your First Aid Kit Ready for Winter?

Now is the perfect time to check your first aid kit is well stocked for Winter to help you and your family self care for minor illnesses and injuries. There are a number of things you can have in your first aid kit for any such eventualities:

  • Thermometer
  • Painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen (or infant paracetamol for children)
  • Cough medicine
  • Cold and flu relief drinks or capsules
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diarrhoea relief
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Plasters
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile gauze dressings
  • Bandages
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes

Your local Pharmacy is a great place to stock up on all the above items and you can find your nearest one and view their opening hours at NHS Choices.

Please remember to make sure your first aid kit is kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

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Self Care for Life

This week is Self Care Week, an annual national awareness week that focuses on supporting self care across communities, families and generations. This year’s theme is ‘Choose Self Care for Life’.

Empowering individuals to self care has many benefits for their short term and long-term health and this is important since people are living longer. Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.

Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way, that can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common illnesses such as headaches and colds or living with a long-term condition such as asthma.

As a self care aware practice, we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when its right got you. So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.

You can find out more information about self care on the Self Care Forum website.

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Has your first aid kit got everything you need for the Summer Holidays?

The schools are out for summer which means the fun can begin! We may not be able to predict the weather for the holidays but we can prepare for any minor illnesses or injuries that may occur. Having a well-stocked first aid kit at home can help when you need to self care for minor ailments and injuries.

There are a number of things you can have in your first aid kit for any such eventualities:

  • Thermometer
  • Painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen (or infant paracetamol for children)
  • Cough medicine
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diarrhoea relief
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Plasters
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile gauze dressings
  • Bandages
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes

Your local Pharmacy is a great place to stock up on all the above items and you can find your nearest one and view their opening hours at NHS Choices.

Please remember to make sure your first aid kit is kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

 

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What’s in your first aid kit?

We may not be able to predict the weather this Summer but we can prepare for any minor illnesses or injuries that may occur. Having a well-stocked first aid kit at home can help when you need to self care for minor ailments and injuries.

There are a number of things you can have in your first aid kit for any such eventualities:

  • Thermometer
  • Painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen (or infant paracetamol for children)
  • Cough medicine
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diarrhoea relief
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Plasters
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile gauze dressings
  • Bandages
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes

Your local Pharmacy is a great place to stock up on all the above items and you can find your nearest one and view their opening hours at NHS Choices.

Please remember to make sure your first aid kit is kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

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You don’t need to see your GP for a common cold

The common cold, although frustrating, is a mild viral infection that usually clears up on its own within a week or two. In most cases there is no need to see your GP, however, your local Pharmacist may be able to advise on over-the-counter medications to help with your symptoms.

The main symptoms of a common cold include:

  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough

There is no cure for the common cold, but there are things you can do to self-care at home;

  • Get some rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat fruit and vegetables
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to reduce any fever
  • Use decongestant sprays, steam or tablets to relieve a blocked nose
  • Try remedies such as gargling salt water and sucking on menthol sweets

In general, a person is contagious a few days prior to any symptoms occurring until all their symptoms have gone.  There are a number of ways you can help stop the cold virus spreading:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Always sneeze and cough into tissues
  • Clean surfaces regularly
  • Use your own cup, plates and cutlery
  • Don’t share towels or toys

You can find more information about coughs and colds and information on your nearest pharmacy at NHS Choices.

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Embracing Self Care for Life across South Cheshire

You can be fighting off many minor illnesses this winter yourself, at home, by embracing Self Care for Life.

Next week (13th-19th November 2017) is Self Care Week, when teams from NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be out across the area, sharing the best tips for keeping yourself healthy.

Tips include knowing how long common illnesses take to go away and which over-the-counter medicines to have at home so you’re prepared to tackle minor conditions as soon as they start to develop, filling your medicine cabinet for less than £10.

Alongside information sessions at health centres, cafés and supermarkets, other companies are also embracing Self Care Week.  Brio Leisure Lifestyle Centres in Winsford and Northwich are offering free sessions for a number of fitness classes, Rangers will be leading people on Wellie Walks around local beauty spots and Manchester Metropolitan University will take people on a Social Cycle around Crewe.

The week’s activities have been put together by Noreen Caldwell, Public Engagement and Involvement Manager at the CCG, who has also been named as a Self Care Champion by the Self Care Forum in recognition for her work with the local community, training members of the public to spread awareness of self care.

Noreen said: “Empowering local people with the confidence and information to look after themselves and giving them the options and skills to be able to select and chose the most appropriate and best care for them is the essence of our local approach to self care.

Dr Annabel London, GP and Primary Care Lead for the CCG, said: “The CCG are proud of Noreen for becoming a nationally recognised Self Care Champion in recognition for her hard work to help patients across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

“Knowing about self care means then when you start to get those early symptoms of minor conditions like coughs, colds and sore throats, you can start tackling it straight away.

“You don’t need to wait to book an appointment to then be sent to your pharmacist, you can start getting sooner, quicker, using the over-the-counter medicines you’ve got in your cabinet.”

To find out more about self care and what activities are taking place near you for Self Care Week, visit the Self Care page.

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What do you need in your self-care kit?

Self-care can be the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.

Make sure that your well stocked medicine cabinet is out of the reach of children.

Over the counter medicines are available from pharmacies, local stores and shops. They include paracetamol and ibuprofen for common complaints such as colds and flu. These over the counter remedies can be bought quickly and easily for much less that than the cost of a doctor’s appointment.  It is estimated that it costs the NHS around £50 for a consultation and prescription for a minor condition that can be treated for no more than £10 and as little as a few pence

Locally it is also estimated that doctors could have an extra hour every day for other appointments if they didn’t have to deal with a range of common conditions which could be helped instead with over the counter remedies.

We have created a simple list of over the counter medicines to have at home. The prices for each suggested item are estimates based on a range of local high street pharmacies, shops and supermarkets:

  • Junior Paracetamol – £1.90
  • Paracetamol – 25p
  • Ibuprofen – 25p
  • Aspirin – 30p
  • Diarrhoea relief – £1.00
  • Constipation relief – £1.60
  • Antihistamine – £2.50
  • Lozenge – 99p
  • Antacid – 99p

Total – £9.78

Having these remedies at home could help relieve most minor conditions where the best thing to do is let nature takes its course.

It is a misconception that antibiotics are a cure all and in fact for the most common viral illnesses, such as colds and flu, they just don’t work and you have to let nature take its course.

If you’re not sure which is the best treatment for you or you need advice you can always just call in and have a chat with your local pharmacist. Pharmacists are trained and qualified to give professional, free advice and have a wide range of remedies available.  You don’t need an appointment to see a pharmacist and many of them also have private consultation rooms.

There is also help, any time day or night, from the NHS Choices website or by calling NHS 111 free of charge to be connected to an adviser.