This year’s Self Care Week runs from 12–18th November and focuses on ‘Self care for life – growing older healthily’. Run by the Self Care Forum, supported by the Department of Health, the annual campaign is designed to raise awareness of what patients can do to take better care of themselves.
GPs are calling for parents to give their medicine cabinet a makeover, nearly 100% of GPs fear patients are ill-equipped to treat minor illnesses at home – costing the NHS £2 billion a year.
Most families in the UK lack basic medicine cabinet supplies and knowledge needed to treat minor illnesses that can be easily dealt with at home, reveals a new survey of GPs.
Doctors are now calling for patients to put aside an hour to give their medicine cabinets an emergency makeover so they can improve their ability to self care – leaving hard-pressed doctors’ surgeries and A&E departments free to deal with more complex illnesses. According to Dr Paul Stillman, a Crawley GP and Self Care Forum Board member: “We are urging parents to take the first step to do this by taking a look in their medicine cabinets today to check they have everything they need for the winter months and beyond.”
So check out your medicine cabinets have got the basics below:
- A healthcare guide
- First-aid kit including guidebook, plasters, bandages, thermometer, eyewash solution, medical tape, tweezers, sterile dressing, antiseptic lotion/cream
- Painkillers – ibuprofen, paracetamol, aspirin
- Cold and flu remedies
- Anti-diarrhoea medicine
- Oral rehydration salts
- Indigestion remedies
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Competition ends midnight Sunday 18th 2012