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