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Embracing Self Care For Life Across South Cheshire And Vale Royal

13 November 2017

You can be fighting off many minor illnesses this winter yourself, at home, by embracing Self Care for Life.

This week (13 – 19 November 2017) is Self Care Week, when teams from NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG will be out across the area sharing the best tips for keeping yourself healthy.

Tips include knowing how long common illnesses take to go away and which over-the-counter medicines to have at home so you’re prepared to tackle minor conditions as soon as they start to develop (you can fill your medicine cabinet for less than £10).

Alongside information sessions at health centres, cafés and supermarkets, other companies are also embracing Self Care Week. 

Brio Leisure Lifestyle Centres in Winsford and Northwich are offering free sessions for a number of fitness classes, Rangers will be leading people on Wellie Walks around local beauty spots, and Manchester Metropolitan University will take people on a Social Cycle around Crewe.

Dr Annabel London, GP and Primary Care Lead for the CCGs, said: “Knowing about self care means that when you start to get those early symptoms of minor conditions like coughs, colds and sore throats, you can start tackling it straight away. 

“You don’t need to wait to book an appointment to then be sent to your pharmacist - you can start getting better quicker using the over-the-counter medicines you’ve got in your cabinet.”

Stock your medicine cabinet for less than £10 to tackle minor conditions at home:

  • Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol - 25p each (Junior paracetamol £1.90)

  • Aspirin - 30p

  • Antihistamines for allergies - £2.50 for a month’s supply

  • Diarrhoea relief - £1

  • Constipation relief - £1.60

  • Throat lozenges - 99p

  • Antacid - 99p


You should also have a fully stocked first aid kit with plasters and bandages, as well as sunscreen and antiseptic cream for bites and stings.

Don’t feel well? Do you know how long it takes for minor conditions to clear?

  • Ear infection - around four days

  • Sore throat - around a week

  • A cold - 10 days

  • Sinusitis - around two-and-a-half weeks

  • Cough - three week


Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints.  Pharmacists are qualified to give advice on a range of conditions, are experts on medicines and can advise people on whether they need to call or visit another NHS service.

If you need medical advice but you’re not sure where to turn, the NHS 111 telephone service is a FREE call number and gives confidential health guidance and advice  24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

To find out more about self care and what activities are taking place near you for Self Care Week, visit the CCG websites: