West Middlesex promoting self care

11 November 2013

West Middlesex University Hospital is supporting Self Care Week 2013, which runs from 18 - 24 November.

West Middlesex University Hospital is supporting Self Care Week 2013, which runs from 18 - 24 November. 

This year’s theme is “Self Care for Life – Take Control” and the aim is to raise awareness of how you can take control of your health, and ultimately take control of your life. 

We are encouraging patients, visitors and staff to become more health conscious and choose healthy options that will impact positively on their physical health as well as their mental wellbeing and self esteem.

The Trust is holding a Self Care Week awareness event on Wednesday 20 November, 11.00am – 2.00pm in the main hospital atrium. Hospital representatives from pharmacy, dietetics, infection control, diabetes and the in-hospital stop smoking service will be on hand to talk to patients and staff about choosing healthier life options and to answer any questions or concerns they may have about their health.

Self Care for Life means eating properly, taking regular exercise and looking after your symptoms of common everyday illnesses. Some common illnesses don’t require medical intervention and can treated at home where most patients feel more comfortable. Take control means recognising when to self care and when to seek medical advice, and if you need advice, think about your local pharmacist or whether a visit to the GP surgery is necessary.  For those living with a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to manage it to live well.

Find out more about self care by visiting www.nhs.uk/selfcare and watch out for local and national Self Care Week events.