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scwwebbuttonlg2016Island residents are being urged to seek advice from pharmacists first before seeing a GP as part of Self Care Week, which runs until 20th November.

Self Care Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of how people can take care of their own health, whether it is to prevent disease or illness, understand how to look after minor ailments or how to manage long term conditions. It is also an important reminder to encourage everyone to make the most of the range of NHS services available and choose the right health service for their health needs.

Francisco Alvarez, Pharmacist at Regent Pharmacy, Shanklin is encouraging people to seek advice from a pharmacist for minor ailments before rushing to make an appointment with their GP:

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“It is essential that people take responsibility for their own health by taking simple steps, such as keeping active, keeping warm this winter, having the flu jab, stopping smoking and keeping the medicine cabinet stocked up for minor ailments. This is where local pharmacies can help and no appointment is needed – you can just walk in.

“Pharmacists are expert healthcare professionals who can give advice and recommend treatments for a wide range of minor health conditions as well as offer advice on diet, stop smoking support and general health advice. Your pharmacist can explain the normal duration of ailments and give advice on symptom relief. Remember that you don’t need antibiotics for colds and flu.”

A free Self Care event is being held on Saturday 19th November at The Riverside Centre, Newport between 10:00-16:00. There will be interactive activities and information stalls as well as advice from local pharmacy services, CPR and Defibrillator demonstrations and other local support services. The event is being led by Healthwatch and Community Action IW with support from the My Life a Full Life partnership.

More information on self care can also be found on the NHS Choices website at and, a website for parents of children aged 0-18yrs.

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