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Carers encouraged to look after their health too

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Stay well this winter
People who care for loved-ones in Redditch and Bromsgrove are being urged not to neglect their own health this winter.

GPs at NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Commissioning Group (CCG) are sending a message to carers that it’s only by looking after their own health that they can continue their vital role caring for partners, relatives and friends who are ill, frail or disabled.

Winter illness can be hard to avoid but there are some simple steps people can take to look after themselves, which in turn will help to protect those they care for.

It’s still not too late to guard against flu by getting a flu jab from a

pharmacist or GP surgery and the jab is free for anyone receiving carers allowance.

At the first sign of illness, even if it’s just a cough, cold or sore throat, carers should visit their local pharmacy for specialist advice on what they can do, including what over-the-counter treatments are available to relieve symptoms.

Dr Richard Davies, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, said: “Carers play a hugely important role in our community, enabling ill, elderly or disabled loved-ones to remain in their own homes and retain a level of independence.

“But sometimes the job of caring for others can be at the expense of your own health and wellbeing, which can often easily be forgotten when you are used to focusing on someone else’s needs.

“Carers do an incredible job in Redditch and Bromsgrove but they need to do what’s necessary to protect themselves and the people they care for against illness and stay well this winter.”

There is a wealth of information available from the NHS to support carers, including information on carers allowance, benefits, caring for children with complex needs, young carers’ rights and a carers direct helpline. Just go to www.nhs.uk and click on the ‘Care and support’ tab for full details.

For more information on staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.

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