Hospital staff and local people will have an opportunity to find out more about how they can improve their own health and pick up potential signs of serious illnesses during Self Care Week between 16 to 22 November at Salisbury District Hospital.
This year the theme will be Self Care for Life with a focus on getting people to know how to stay healthy all their life and think carefully about self-care for the important people in their life.
Every lunchtime throughout the week specialist staff will be on hand in Springs Restaurant to provide information on a wide range of areas, from how to protect against flu, preventing illness and healthy eating to more specific support around alcohol and stop smoking advice. Pharmacists will also be on hand with advice on your medicine cabinet this winter and managing minor ailments. There will also be displays in the Medical Surgical Outpatients Department and in the Healthcare Library.
Claire Gorzanski, Head of Clinical Effectiveness said: “ Self Care Week is an annual event that focuses on ensuring that there is support for self care throughout communities and families and across all generations.
While the NHS provides care and treatment both in hospital and the community, it’s essential that people also take responsibility for their own health by taking simple steps, such as keeping active, keeping warm this winter, having the flu jab and the medicine cabinet stocked up for minor ailments.”
Mrs Gorzanski added: “This year there will be an emphasis on the steps that people can take for themselves and their families to ensure they all remain healthy throughout their lives. This includes regular exercise and careful diet. It’s also an opportunity to remind people that their local pharmacy is a recognised source of very good health information and to understand which health service is suitable for their health needs.”
More information on Self Care Week and how to Stay Well this Winter be found on NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk