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Think Self Care this Winter and for Life

‘Think self care for life’ is the message from health leaders at Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

During Self Care Week (Monday, 18 November to Sunday, 24 November, 2019), residents are being encouraged to treat minor ailments themselves and work to improve their overall health and wellbeing at home.

Dr Jo Leahy, GP and Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG, said: “Self Care Week is a great opportunity to learn more about the different ways you can incorporate self care into your daily life. Our health services are often under a lot of pressure, especially during the winter.
“By taking care of yourself to prevent illness, or by treating any minor ailments at home, you can help to relieve some of this pressure. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle also puts you at a lower risk of getting injured or developing a serious condition.
“Another way is to make sure you have everything you need at home to deal with any minor conditions, such as a cold or sore throat. It costs as little as £10 to stock your medicine cabinet which can make a big difference to your health this winter.”

The following items are recommended for effective self care at home:

• Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol – for as little as 25p each (junior paracetamol £1.90)
• Aspirin (should not be taken by children under 12) – for as little as 30p
• Antihistamines for allergies – for as little as £2.50 for a month’s supply
• Diarrhoea relief – for as little as £1
• Constipation relief – for as little as £1.60
• Throat lozenges – for as little as 99p
• Antacid – for as little as 99p.

You should also have a fully-stocked first aid kit with plasters and bandages. In the summer, make sure you have sunscreen and antiseptic cream for bites and stings.

For more information on Self Care Week 2019 visit the Self Care Forum website at: www.selfcareforum.org/