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Healthwatch Cheshire West supporting Self Care Week

12/11/2018

This week (12 - 18 November 2018) is Self Care Week and people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal are being encouraged to take hold of their health and wellbeing, and Healthwatch Cheshire will be in full support at some of the events taking place.

Self Care is about you knowing what to do to help develop, protect, maintain and improve our health, wellbeing and wellness.

All this week, free events and activities are taking place across South Cheshire and Vale Royal run by the NHS and other partners, sharing the best tips for keeping ourselves healthy or getting us to be more active.

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. 

Noreen Caldwell, Public Engagement and Involvement Manager at NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG, said: "This is all about empowering local people, giving them the information and the confidence they need to look after themselves, 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. 

"We've got loads of events and activities taking place all week, so keep checking the CCGs' websites and social media to see what is going on near you. 

"A number of local GPs have also been fronting short videos which we'll be releasing on social media as well as on screens in GP surgeries to help people learn more about self care."

Throughout the week there are guided dementia walks, self care workshops and both Brio Leisure and Crewe Lifestyle Centre are offering a limited number of free fitness classes throught the week.

Schools are also getting involved, working towards the CCGs' Self Care Awards by learning about topics like first aid and wider health and wellbeing advice. 

Embracing Self Care will mean people are managing many common ailments and conditions at home, with the help of local pharmacists without the need for an appointment.  This means that they will be treating their symptoms sooner, making the best use of NHS resources.

To find out more go to the CCG websites:

www.southcheshireccg.nhs.uk

www.valeroyalccg.nhs.uk

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