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Islington doctors urge ‘take control of your health this winter’

PUBLISHED: 13:58 15 November 2014

Dr Katie Coleman, vice chair of Islington CCG

Dr Katie Coleman, vice chair of Islington CCG

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One of Islington’s top doctors has urged people to take control of their own health during the winter months.

Dr Katie Coleman, vice chair of Islington’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said many common winter ailments don’t require antibiotics and simple trip to the pharmacist could solve the problem.

She said: “Your pharmacist is well placed to give you advice and treatment for a whole range of conditions – from a cough or a cold to a grazed knee.

“Taking some simple steps, such as keeping fit and healthy, can help you to fight off common winter bugs. Basic medical supplies such as paracetamol, aspirin, indigestion medication, plasters or a thermometer are useful to have available at home for when the need arises.”

She added self-care can avoid trips to the doctors, freeing up under-pressure GPs for more urgent cases.

Greg Battle, medical director for integrated care at Whittington Health said: “Whittington Health takes self-care very seriously.

“We recognise that patients need to be supported and empowered to take care of their own health by healthcare workers. It is important that people know how to look after themselves and the support options, including healthcare, that are available to them.”

Islington CCG say even serious and long-term health conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, can be managed at home.

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