The NHS provides a range of different services, each of which is focused on delivering care to people with different illnesses and injuries. Every service is highly specialised and, by making the right choice, you will be treated more quickly and will help other services treat the people who really need them.
The right choice can save time and save lives.
Self-care is perfect if your condition is something you will be able to treat at home – in fact, home is the best place for you.
A big part of your recovery from these minor ailments is to rest and drink plenty of fluids. You can plan ahead by stocking up on some healthcare essentials – paracetamol or aspirin, indigestion remedies and plasters for example. You can find all these at your local pharmacy. If you are ill and don’t have these in your house, ask a friend, family member or carer to get them on your behalf.
The best way to avoid falling ill is to stay as healthy as you can by:
• Eating a balanced diet
• Getting some exercise
• Drinking sensibly and knowing your limits
Remember, if you are 65 or over, or have a long-term health problem, you can get a free flu jab from your GP.
Stop viruses spreading
To prevent something you have caught spreading to others:
• Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue
• Dispose of tissues quickly and safely
• Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water
If you have sickness and diarrhea don’t go to your GP surgery or hospital, as you may spread this to others. Drink plenty of fluids and call your GP practice if you have concerns. The best way to prevent this spreading is hand washing with soap and warm water. For more information click here.
In cold weather, you can help yourself to stay well by keeping warm. Wear several layers, rather than one thick layer. Eating well is also important. Eat a mixed diet that includes fruit and vegetables and avoid getting dehydrated by taking plenty of fluids, including hot drinks on cold days. Eat at least one hot meal a day and have a hot drink before bed. Moving around generates extra body heat, so any kind of exercise or activity will help you to keep warm. Don’t sit still for long periods and spread chores out through the day so you can alternate between rest and activity. Keep your home warm and if you can, keep the temperature at 21ºC in all the rooms you use during the day. If this is not possible, keep your living room warm during the day and heat your bedroom and bed before going to sleep. Keep your bedroom window closed at night. If you drink alcohol, do so sensibly and in moderation.
For more information about keeping warm – visit the Worcestershire County Council website.