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#takecarewithselfcare Campaign Launched by Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Health Bosses

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#takecarewithselfcare during the pandemic is the message being shared by Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as part of a new health campaign launched today.

This latest campaign from the county’s healthcare commissioners recommends that medicine cabinets are fully stocked during coronavirus to help ease minor ailment symptoms straightaway, aid a faster recovery, and use health services at the right time.

Medicine cabinet essentials recommended by the Medicines Management Teams at both CCGs include anti-histamines, a thermometer, sunscreen, pain relief (paracetamol and ibuprofen), a first aid kit (plasters, bandage, antiseptic cream), and an indigestion treatment.

These are all available to buy without prescription and at a small cost from pharmacies and supermarkets as well as other stores across the county. If you need advice please visit NHS 111 online or speak to your local pharmacist for self-care help and advice.

Top tips will also be shared as part of the campaign to help inform people of how they can #takecarewithselfcare in the home during the pandemic and be prepared for any minor ailments.

Dr Julian Povey, local GP and Chair of Shropshire CCG, said:

It is not always necessary to contact your GP for common ailments as symptoms can be eased with the help of a well-stocked medicine cabinet in the home.

“A lot of minor aliments can be treated with self-care techniques, but you should make an appointment with your GP practice if you have an illness or injury that will not go away, such as persistent vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or backache.

Dr Jo Leahy, local GP and Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said:

A healthy medicine cabinet is a simple but significant way to help you, your family, and the local NHS during the pandemic.

Looking on NHS 111 online or speaking to a local pharmacist is also a good way to get healthcare advice and treatment without the need to contact your GP practice. Help is free, plus if you are unsure whether you need to see a doctor you can just ask for their advice.



For more information please contact:
Rachael Jones, Communications and Engagement Specialist
NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
E-mail: rachael.jones31@nhs.net

Note to Editors:

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for the planning and commissioning (buying) of health and care services from a range of providers for the people of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. They also have a duty to monitor these services to ensure they provide a high level of care and are value for money.

They are clinically led organisations with 53 GP practices which provide healthcare services for patients across the County registered with a local GP. The CCGs buy a wide range of services and these include GP and Primary Care services through to hospital care as well as community services and mental health services.

For further information please email: shrccg.communicationsteam@nhs.net.