NHS Encourages Patients to Learn How to Treat Common Illnesses

With the winter season just beginning, the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is making it easier for people to find out how to treat minor illnesses themselves.
The three local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are sharing a series of animations that give basic advice for treating common ailments, together with more detailed advice online.
Coughs, colds, tummy upsets and back pain are just some of the conditions covered, as well as what to do when children are unwell or have hurt themselves.
As well as the animations and online tips, a locally produced booklet is also available. The Good Health Guide offers comprehensive self-care advice plus information on the NHS services that help prevent ill health, such as immunisations, and services that can detect early signs of illness. These include NHS Health Checks and screening programmes for certain types of cancer, which can help to find them at an early stage, when they are easier to treat. 
The booklet also gives tips on where to get support with making healthy life choices because, although most people know this will help them to stay well, it can be difficult to change unhealthy habits. Smoking, too much alcohol, unhealthy food and drink and not doing enough exercise are all linked to the illnesses that cause early death: heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory (breathing) diseases.
The campaign is being promoted on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #SelfCareWeek, and on TV screens in GP practice waiting rooms. The Good Health Guide can be downloaded from Leicester City CCG’s website. The booklet is also available in Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu and Polish, available online and in a paper version. To request copies in any of these languages please email [email protected] or call 0116 295 1116.