A campaign is being launched in south east Essex urging patients to buy medicines over the counter for minor ailments. Prescriptions for conditions such as dry skin and indigestion currently cost the local NHS more than £2m a year, with added pressure on GPs from patients seeking appointments when they could simply visit their local pharmacist instead.
This Self Care Week (14 – 20 November), local health leaders are urging local residents to make sure they not only take care of their physical health but their mental and emotional health.
NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG is encouraging those in ‘at risk’ groups to have their flu vaccination.
Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition like: COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes; heart, kidney or liver disease or have suffered a stroke. Flu on top of health conditions like these can easily develop into something very serious and could land you in hospital. People with these and other long-term health conditions are eligible for a free flu jab through their GP or pharmacist. People aged 65 and over are also eligible for the free flu jab.