HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

DR Gra­ham Duce is GP at Park Green Surgery, Macclesfield and NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) clin­i­cal lead for an­tibi­otic stew­ard­ship

ONE of our most cru­cial ar­eas of work here at the CCG is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take the best pos­si­ble care of them­selves so they live health­ier, hap­pier lives and place less de­mand on hard­pressed ser­vices. This is also called self care and be­ing self care aware is not only highly ben­e­fi­cial to pa­tients but also to the health of the lo­cal NHS.

We have re­cently in­tro­duced a pol­icy to en­cour­age pa­tients to pur­chase over-the­counter medicines to treat mi­nor con­di­tions such as coughs and colds. This is be­cause a con­sul­ta­tion and pre­scrip­tion for a mi­nor con­di­tion costs the NHS around £50 but if you buy medicines such as parac­eta­mol and ibupro­fen your­self, you could ex­pect to pay as lit­tle as 20p.

To help our res­i­dents fol­low our self care pol­icy we’ve in­tro­duced our Three Bs:

Be pre­pared – with a well-stocked medicine cab­i­net

Be self care aware – recog­nise that many mi­nor con­di­tions get bet­ter on their own with­out pre­scrip­tion

Be re­spon­si­ble – help your­self and the NHS by giv­ing GPs more time to spend with peo­ple who are se­ri­ously ill.

An­other way our res­i­dents can take best pos­si­ble care of them­selves is by tak­ing up the op­por­tu­nity for the free flu jab.

GP prac­tices of­fer the jab to at-risk groups, in­clud­ing peo­ple with long-term con­di­tions

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