As part of the NHS’ Self Care Week activities, Bracknell doctors are taking to the streets to educate residents on how they can take care of themselves, where to seek help for non-emergency situations as well as providing general health advice. Starting on Monday 16th November and lasting for seven days, this is a great opportunity for Bracknell residents to take charge of their health.
Why Self Care Week?
There are many reasons why Self Care Week is important. The NHS is being pushed to the brink due to the amount of care needed as a result of factors such as obesity, alcohol and smoking. Educating residents about the best ways to manage their health is a key step towards reducing the strain on the NHS, whilst showing people how to manage less-critical illnesses themselves or with the help of a pharmacist. This year’s Self Care Week theme is ‘self care for life’, and it is hoped that the initiatives run by the NHS and those of local communities such as Bracknell will encourage people to take charge of their health for fitter, healthier and longer lives.
How can I get involved?
As well as the street doctors, there will be a number of activities which residents can take part in throughout the week.
- All week: “Talking Therapies” (part of Berkshire Healthcare Foundation) staff will be talking to residents about mental issues
- Monday 16th November, 10:00am: Parents and children Buggy Walk (The Alders and Chestnuts Children’s Centre, Branksome Hill Road, Sandhurst)
- Tuesday, 17th November,10:30am: Ranger Walk (South Hill Park, Ringmead, Birch Hill)
- Tuesday 17th November, 10:00am: FallsFree4Life Quiz (Morgan Day Centre, Wellington Road, Crowthorne)
- Tuesday 17th November, 8:00pm: Zuma (Sandhurst Memorial Hall, Yorktwon Road)
- Wednesday 18th November, 2:00pm: Age Concern Bracknell Forest Self-Care Event (New Priestwood Community Centre, Priestwood Court Road)
- Wednesday 18th November, 1:30pm: Over 50s Coffee Afternoon (Easthampstead and Wildridings Community Centre, Rectory Lane)
- Wednesday 18th November, 7:00pm: “No-one is an island” Event (Easthampstead Baptist Church, South Hill Road)
- Thursday 19th November, 8:45pm: Tai-Chi (Warren Community Centre, Whitton Road, Martins Heron)
If you’re interested in booking a place, you can call the ASCHH Commissioning Team on 01344 352765 or book via email.
Time for change
There are many people getting behind Self Care Week this year, including:
- Bracknell Forest Council and partners
- Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (BACCG)
- Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- HealthWatch Bracknell Forest
Discussing the importance of Self Care Week, Bracknell Forest Council’s executive member for adult services, health and housing, Councillor Dale Birch, said: “Self Care Week is about people making time to look after themselves, which is why we are encouraging residents to stay fit and healthy as well as being informed about how to deal with minor ailments and long term conditions.”
Meanwhile, Dr Martin Kittel, from Bracknell and Ascot CCG, said: “When people take good care of their own health it has benefits for everyone. They spend less time at the GP and other appointments and get more enjoyment out of life. Our local hospitals also save time and money because they will be under increasing pressure as winter draws near.”
Self Care Week is about more than simply getting involved as a one-off. It’s important that we all take steps to educate ourselves on how to take charge of our health and that of our families. It’s also vital to take steps towards adopting a healthier lifestyle, allowing our NHS services to focus their efforts on treating some of our worst diseases. Visit the NHS website for more information on how you can get involved in Self Care Week 2016.