Reduce strain on Redbridge hospitals through ‘self care’ this winter

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 November 2016

Winter is the busiest time of year for GPs and hospitals. Photo: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Winter is the busiest time of year for GPs and hospitals. Photo: PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Medical experts in Redbridge are asking patients from the borough to take control of their lives through ‘self care’ this winter.

Redbridge CCG’s self care scheme aims to reduce pressure on GPs and hospitals during the cold season by encouraging residents to stay fit, know how to properly consume medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when needed.

The Christmas period is the busiest time of year for the NHS and it is hoped that self care can help ease the strain felt by health professionals at this time.

Dr Anil Mehta, chair of Redbridge CCG, said: “We want to support you to look after your own health. Taking some simple steps, such as keeping fit and healthy, can help you to fight off common winter bugs.

“It’s useful to keep your medicines cabinet well stocked with supplies such as paracetamol, indigestion medication and plasters for when the need arises.

“Understanding the options available for self care can also help you to recover more quickly. Seeking the right help when it’s needed could save you an unnecessary trip to the GP and save you time over the busy winter period.”

The CCG also advises speaking to your local pharmacist about treatment options for colds, coughs and minor injuries.

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