During Self Care Week (13 to 19 November) NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs want to remind you to choose well when accessing local health services.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Clinical Leader of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, said:

“Some health conditions such as sprains, colds and coughs can be treated without a trip to the GP. Treating self-treatable conditions at home and using the right health services for your needs will help take pressure off the NHS.”

If you’re fed up of having a runny nose or a sore throat, this helpful guide explains how long you can expect your symptoms to last, what you can do to get better and the warning signs to look out for which mean you may need to seek professional help.

There are 3.7 million visits a year to A&E for self-treatable conditions such as colds, flu and colic, which puts the NHS under unnecessary strain. This means less time for people with life threatening conditions such as severe bleeding or heart attacks who vitally need A&E services.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG added:

“Before visiting A&E, consider whether there is a service better suited to your needs. Think about using information on NHS Choices, calling NHS 111 or visiting your local pharmacist for advice. Don’t spend hours waiting for an A&E appointment for something you may be able to treat at home.”

The ‘Stay Well This Winter’ website also provides specific advice to help you and your family prepare for winter and look after your health during the winter months.

Feel confident in looking after your health, help our NHS and embrace Self Care for Life.