A group of schoolchildren are taking to YouTube, to help the local NHS to promote self-care and to explain the best way to treat common illnesses and injuries this winter. The group of six and seven year olds are the stars of some short video clips talking about self-care options for stomach bugs, coughs and colds and sore-throats. NHS England and other partners across Lancashire and South Cumbria will be promoting the clips through a social media campaign, launching on 31st January 2018.
Dr Kieran Murphy, Medical Director for NHS England (Lancashire & South Cumbria) said: “Many people still visit the GP or A&E for conditions that could be treated at home or with pharmacists’ advice. Using the wrong health service increases the strain on our NHS, so it is important to think about what is the best service for your health needs. Pharmacists will help you choose the right treatment for your ailment and can explain the normal duration of symptoms. They can also offer you help to stop smoking, manage your weight, as well as providing flu jabs and blood pressure checks. Many pharmacies even have private consulting rooms.
The children are all pupils from the Ingol Community Primary School, Preston, Lancashire. Naomi Parkinson, head-teacher said: “We’re really proud of the children who are taking part in this promotion and are delighted to be able to help our local NHS in this way. We see a rise in children falling ill with colds and winter sickness at this time of year. You can seek advice from a local pharmacist if you are worried about your child and their health. This will save you the time and hassle of booking a GP appointment or visiting A&E.”
You can follow the campaign on www.facebook.com/NHSCMLSC/ or on NHS England North’s Twitter account @NHSEnglandNorth. More information about self-care options for common illnesses can be found on NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk