Patients urged to embrace self-care 

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(Last Updated On: December 5, 2017)

GPs, nurses and the administration team were all marking national Self-Care Week to raise awareness about living well and being healthy.

Dr Erica Lee, a partner at Compass House, said: “It’s all about being active, eating healthily and learning when to self-treat common ailments.

“Many long-term conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are avoidable.

“However, numbers of these diseases are still increasing, so it is important to embrace self-care, making healthy life choices now in order to look after ourselves in the future.”

Self-care is all about exercise, not smoking, cutting down on alcohol, eating sensibly and relaxing.

There are many ways to take the first steps in these lifestyle changes, including going online at nhs.uk/selfcare.

l-r: Stacey Barron and Kelly Ellis

Among the things the practice has done this week is to send out a link to a self-care questionnaire to its patients, as well as looking at partnership working with some local schools in the next few weeks.

Dr Lee added: “We hope that Self-Care Week was the starting point for people to make time to think about the positive steps they can take to embrace self-care for life.

“At Compass House we’d urge people to make self-care a life-long habit. For more information on how to embrace self-care, patients can contact the surgery for an informal chat.”

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