Prevention and Self-Care
Self-Care Week 2016 - helping you help yourself
Get ready for Self-Care Week 2016 and health and well-being events taking place in the Borough between 14th and 20th November.
Our Self-Care volunteers will be in Princess Square throughout the week engaging with shoppers on how they could improve their health and well-being. As part of this drive the volunteers will be issuing Self-Prescriptions to signpost people to local support including Smoking Cessations, Falls Prevention, Free Leisure Centre activities and many more.
Look out for the Street Doctors where you can get a Health Check, pick up useful advice on how to quit smoking, manage your weight and get your blood pressure checked. The Street Doctors will be at different locations in Bracknell Forest throughout the week.
Across the Borough, there will be lots free events including:
- Tai-Chi (PDF, 257kb)
- Beginner exercise sessions (PDF, 225kb)
- Health Walks (PDF, 298kb)
- Parkrun (PDF, 373kb)
- Over 50s Coffee Afternoon (PDF, 246kb)
Education Events at BFC Children’s Centres:
Email ASCHH.CommissioningTeam@bracknell-forest.gov.uk or call 01344 352765 for more information.
There will also be staff from “Talking Therapies”, part of Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, who will answer questions about mental health.
Seated Exercise plans will be sent to Sheltered Housing complex, Residential Homes and Nursing Homes to encourage residents to come together and participate in these exercises.
As part of the Self-Care Week, there will be a School Poster Competition with opportunities to win some fantastic prizes including family tickets to The Look Out and Coral Reef.
Self-Care and managing your health
Self-Care means keeping fit and healthy, as well as knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when you need it. If you have a long term condition, Self-Care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.
The Bracknell Forest JSNA Self-Care guide provides information, advice and links to services related to long term conditions and lifestyle factors.
We would love to hear about your Self-Care top tips or stories that could help others to live their life to the full.
Email us at ASCHH.CommissioningTeam@bracknell-forest.gov.uk with your top tips and stories. They might even be published and win a prize.
Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that our local pharmacist could resolve.
It is estimated that 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
All pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help to clear up the problem. If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will recognise this and advise you to see your GP.
There’s lots of information on the NHS Choices website about how everyone can use self-care to improve their health and wellbeing. Our Public Health pages also have information about:
- alcohol and drugs
- diet and exercise
- health checks
- mental wellbeing
- screening and immunisation
- sexual health
Your pharmacist may be able to help with:
- skin conditions, such as mild acne and mild eczema
- coughs and colds, including nasal congestion and sore throat
- minor cuts and bruises
- constipation and haemorrhoids (piles)
- hay fever and allergies
- aches and pains, such as headaches, earache and backache
- indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
- period pain and thrush
- warts and verrucas, mouth ulcers and cold sores
- athlete's foot
- nappy rash and teething
Some pharmacies can provide truss fittings, stoma products and incontinence supplies.
Through NHS Choices, you can also find a GP, pharmacy or a NHS dentist. Enter your postcode to find services in your area.
The Bracknell Forest iHub is a one stop shop for services and events provided in your local community to help you get the most out of life.
The Bracknell Forest JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) is the means by which the council assesses the current and future health and well-being needs of Bracknell Forest residents.
The Helping You Stay Independent Guide (PDF, 2184kb) lists activities, events and groups around Bracknell Forest that can support individuals to remain healthy and independent.