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Berkshire CCG raises awareness for self-care

Berkshire CCG raises awareness for self-care

3 November 2015

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Self-care week is from 16-22 November and in preparation Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (BACCG) will be using on-street doctors to give health checks and mental health specialists to give advice, as well as a full schedule of free events.

The aim is to raise awareness of self-care in order to reduce GP appointments and cut costs in the long-term.

Self-care week is from 16-22 November and in preparation Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (BACCG) will be using on-street doctors to give health checks and mental health specialists to give advice, as well as a full schedule of free events.

The aim is to raise awareness of self-care in order to reduce GP appointments and cut costs in the long-term.

Dr Martin Kittel, from BACCG, said: “When people take good care of their own health it has benefits for everyone. They spend less time at the GP and other appointments and get more enjoyment out of life. Our local hospitals also save time and money because they will be under increasing pressure as winter draws near.”

The CCG has organised free classes in Tai-Chi, Zumba, a mental health event tackling isolation, a buggy walk for parents, and a coffee afternoon for older people.

The plans are due to a collaboration between BACCG, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and HealthWatch Bracknell Forest.

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