Doctors in Surrey Heath are urging people to look after their own health and seek advice from a pharmacist as winter begins to bite.

 

People are being encouraged to manage minor ailments at home and choose healthy options, to improve physical and mental health, and a sense of wellbeing.

With National Self Care Week starting on Monday (17th November 2014) people are also reminded to act quickly when seasonal illnesses strike.

Dr Andy Brooks, Chief Officer of NHS Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Eat well, keep hydrated and stay active, which will help beat the winter blues. If you do catch a cold or flu remember antibiotics don’t work for these illnesses.

“If you do have a long term health condition remember to get a flu jab, manage your medicines and get early advice from your pharmacist if you’re feeling under the weather.”

Did you know?

  • It takes between three and four weeks to get over a cough after flu or a cold
  • Most sore throats last an average seven to eight days.
  • In winter 30 minutes of activity a day is key to physical health and mental wellbeing
  • Many people forget to drink fluids when the temperature drops.

 

More information can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/asap