12 November 2012 – Helping people know how to care for their own health

Posted on November 12, 2012 by AireAdmin

More information on how to look after your health better this winter – especially if you have a long-term condition – is now available on Airedale Hospital’s website.

Managers of the hospital’s patient information service have created new web pages for patients and carers to coincide with Self Care Week 12 – 18 November 2013 at

The national campaign is run by the Self Care Forum – whose members include GP’s, nurses, pharmacists and NHS managers – in partnership with the Department of Health. This year’s theme is “Self Care for Life – growing older healthily”, which builds on the European Active and Healthy Ageing initiative on improving the health knowledge of patients and the public as they get older. Find our more www.nhs.uk/selfcare

Self care is about keeping fit and healthy, as well as how you take medicines, treat minor ailments, and seek help when you need it; and if you have a long term condition it’s about understanding how to live with it on a day to day basis.

Andrew Catto, medical director for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our aim is to support people to learn more about how they can look after their own health better as prevention is often better than a cure. This is even more important leading up to winder as people tend to become ill with colds, flu and other seasonal illness.

“Most everyday health problems can be cared for at home, with a little advice from your pharmacist, the NHS helplines and websites. Symptoms often aren’t very worrying when you know more about what they are, researching your condition online and what you can do to help yourself will help you to get the most out of your consultations with GP’s and other health professionals.”

Airedale Hospital has a patient information service based in its Health Information Centre to provide high quality, reliable information about health conditions and treatments, services and support available to help patients improve their health and wellbeing. For people who don’t want to use the website the centre also offers an enquiry service. You can ask for information by email at your.health@anhst.nhs.uk, by telephone on 01535 294413 or by post to Patient Information Service, Health Information Centre, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Airedale Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley BD20 6TD.

Visitors can also call in to the centre, which is based in Airedale Hospital’s education centre during opening times, Monday to Thursdays, from 9am to 5pm and Fridays from 9am to 4pm. There is an information pod at the site which includes computers with internet access that they can use either on their own or with help from one of the team.