Self Care Week

People in Merseyside are being urged to support Self Care Week 2018 by taking good care of themselves and keeping well this winter.

The annual health campaign, running this week and being highlighted by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, aims to help people understand what they can do to look after their own health and that of their family.

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchitis, emphysema, asthma diabetes or heart or kidney disease.

Sharon Ward, a community matron at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:  “Self care is about us all taking some responsibility for our own health by choosing a lifestyle that helps prevent illness and keeps us well.

“At this time of year doctors’ surgeries, Walk In centres and hospital accident and emergency departments can become extremely busy and self care is about knowing when to choose to self treat at home and when to seek support from local health services.”

Tips for keeping well this winter include:

  • At the first sign of a winter illness, even if it’s just a cough or cold, get advice from a pharmacist before it gets more serious. Act quickly

  • Make sure you get your flu jab. The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than people think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia and it can be deadly

  • Keep warm. It is important to keep warm in winter, both inside and outdoors. Heat your home to at least 18 degrees centigrade (65F). Keep active when indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so. Wear several layers of light clothes as they trap warm air better than one bulky layer
  • Make sure you’re receiving all the help that you’re entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and keep up with your energy bills at www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm

  • Check your medicine cabinet. Many over the counter medicines, including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments such as cold, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection

  • Prescriptions. Make sure you get your prescription medicines before your pharmacy or GP practice closes for Christmas.

To find out more about the Walk In centre locations and opening times check here.