I hope you've been enjoying the recent warm weather and I'm hoping that's not the end of the British summer! It's worth a quick reminder about keeping safe in the sun. NHS Choices has some really useful information online, from sun safety to managing hay fever, and from barbecue food safety to treating insect bites and stings at home. It's well worth a look.
Earlier this month, we launched a new online service for young people in Bury who are going through a tough time. Through Big White Wall, young people aged 16 to 25 can access anonymous online support through this digital mental health platform. This is a really innovative and exciting service which we hope will be popular with young people to help them find solutions to their problems. Read more about this later in Health Matters.
We've also been doing some work to raise awareness that self care is the best treatment for minor ailments. Minor ailments such as hay fever and sunburn are easily treated by over the counter remedies and a trip to the doctor is not required. When you need the advice of a healthcare professional, it is important that you access the services of the right health professional at the right time for your condition, and for minor ailments, this would be your local community pharmacist or online support via the NHS Choices website. Read more about this, in this issue.
Last month, we supported Dying Matters week. Dying Matters aims to raise awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement and of planning ahead. There was staff training, events at The Carers Centre and in other settings including care homes, and we also involved staff in the topic by asking them if they would like to share their 'something to remember me by'. You can read more about these activities, here.
Thank you for reading this issue of Health Matters. We welcome your feedback on the format and content, and you can send this through to our Communications Team.
Dr. Kiran Patel, Chair and Clinical Lead