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Public encouraged to become 'self care aware'

Self Care Week (13 -19 November) reminds us that there is lots we can do to look after our own health. With a theme of Embracing Self Care for Life, this campaign encourages us to take steps to prevent ill health and also feel confident to manage common illnesses ourselves.

Many conditions get better themselves over time with rest at home and over the counter remedies when needed. Home is where most of us want to be when we're ill.

Yet many people still visit the GP or A&E for conditions that could be treated at home. Using the wrong health service increases the strain on our NHS, so it is important to think about what is the best service for your health needs.

"People go to the doctor with common ailments because they are unsure how long symptoms last and need reassurance that it isn't anything more serious.  Instead of waiting for an appointment at your surgery, you can find advice on self care for minor illnesses on our website here. You can also find details of your nearest local pharmacist." 

Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who can give advice and recommend treatments for self treatable conditions such as coughs, colds, sprains and strains. They will help you choose the right treatment for your illness and can explain how long symptoms normally last.

If you have a cold or flu it is worth remembering that antibiotics won't help. In fact, taking them can reduce their effectiveness when taken for illnesses they can help with.'' NHS Lambeth CCG Chair and local GP, Dr Adrian McLachlan.

In Lambeth most people are only a few minutes away from an expert on the High Street. If you have a long term condition and are worried how common ailments may be affecting you, or just want some advice on managing your medicines, visit your pharmacist first.

Save yourself the time and hassle of booking a GP appointment or visiting A&E. Choose to feel confident about managing your health and take a trip to your local pharmacist. Embrace self care for life.