Treating minor illnesses and injuries at home and arming yourself against flu are just some of the messages being shared in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale during Self Care Week.

Self Care Week takes place next week (16 to 22 November). It aims to provide advice and information to encourage people to take care of themselves and their families. This year's theme is 'self care for life'.

Self care means keeping fit and healthy, as well as knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when you need to. If you have a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.

Dr Chris Duffy, Chair of NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) said: "We are promoting the Be Self Care Aware message in the borough. Most minor illnesses don't require a trip to the GP and they usually resolve themselves within a short time. If treatment is needed for a minor ailment, over-the-counter remedies can usually help and you can buy these from your local pharmacy."

Another valuable source of information is the NHS Choices website,, with information about self care, managing a long-term condition and taking small steps to improve health and wellbeing.

"Self care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and minor cuts and burns. A well-stocked medicine cabinet will help you be prepared to manage minor conditions at home," said Dr Duffy.

"A key message for this time of year is, if you are eligible for the free NHS flu vaccination, get protected as soon as you can. If you are 65 or over, or have an existing health problem, flu can be dangerous. Ask your GP practice about the free flu jab. Carers, pregnant women and children aged 2 to 4 and in school years 1 and 2 are eligible too."



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