Self-Care Week 16th - 22nd Nov 2020

‘Live Self Care for Life’

Self-Care Week 16th - 22nd November 2020

‘Live Self Care for Life’

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Poynton Pledge

Town Mayor, Cllr Lee Podmore, has launched the 'Poynton Pledge' - a community themed initiative encouraging people to Support Local and Think Green.

 

Homepage

Welcome to the Poynton Town Council website. Here you can find all about the council, the latest community news, meeting minutes and publications as well as clubs and societies and local events.

Poynton Park and Pool

Our town's picturesque park with a pool, ancient trees and wildlife, including great crested grebes, mute swan and tufted duck, dragon and damselflies.

Read more about Poynton's interesting places to visit and 'things to do' on our local information page.

Poynton Heritage Garden

The garden situated between the Civic Hall, Library and Priorslegh Medical Centre was the successful transformation of what was a little used public area into a colourful and tranquil space.

View Poynton Heritage Garden photos.

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‘Live Self Care for Life'

The Self-Care Campaign is a national awareness week about keeping fit & healthy, when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help and when to get a GP's advice. Full details.

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Civic Hall & Meetings

Due to the New National Restrictions the Civic Hall is closed to the public & council surgeries suspended. Council staff are working & can be contacted on 01625 872238 or by email. Some Council meetings will take place online.

A gallery photo of two local servicemen & one servicewoman who gave their lives during the Second World War

Online Remembrance Exhibition

On our website there is an exhibition with information of local servicemen & women who gave their lives during the First & Second World Wars. View here.

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Self-Care Week – 16th to 22nd November

Self-Care. What is it and why is it important The Self-Care campaign is a national awareness week about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself for self-treatable conditions, when a pharmacist can help and when to get advice from a GP.

This year’s Self Care week takes place between the 16th and 22nd November with the slogan and theme ‘Live Self Care for Life’. The campaign is so important especially this year due to the extra pressures Covid-19 is placing on our health care services.

Self-Care is important because there are 57 million GP appointments and 3.7 million A&E visits for self-treatable conditions every year which costs the NHS an estimated £2.3 billion.

An understanding of Self-Care means that people feel more confident in asking pharmacists for healthcare advice and reduces misuse of GP and A&E services.

General Self-Care messages

Invest in your future self and follow these small steps to a healthier you:

  • Get active; advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, it’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs!
  • Eat well. We all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
  • Make positive changes! Take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce your alcohol intake and get active! Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking services.
  • Rest. A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours a night!
  • Stop! These days we lead such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop. Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.
Make-over your medicine cabinet!

You can get your medicine cabinet in good shape to Self-Care for less than £10. All of the recommended items can be bought at your local pharmacy or on the high street.

Take a look at the medicines cabinet pictured below and during Self-Care week make-over your medicine cabinet!

The Self-Care forum offer individual factsheets to help you to manage common conditions and are available here http://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/ This year there are two new factsheets specifically related to Covid-19.

Keep Antibiotics Working!

Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. Most common ailments such as colds, a sore throat, cough, sinusitis or an ear infection cannot be treated with antibiotics. Rest, drink plenty of fluids, take some painkillers and have a chat with your local pharmacist for advice on relieving your symptoms.

Not sure what to do? Do you feel like you need medical help but not sure what to do? Go straight to 111.

Call or go online: https://111.nhs.uk/ You can also watch a video on You Tube here.

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