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Vale of York GPs star in summer-themed self-care health videos

GPs from the Vale of York have appeared in front of the camera to help educate people about how to treat common summer-related illnesses and ailments.

GPs from Priory Medical Group and Haxby Group worked with NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to create a series of educational videos designed to help people self-treat conditions which are prevalent during the summer months.

These bite-size videos - which can be viewed at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/summer - explain how to treat common illnesses and ailments using over-the-counter remedies available at pharmacies.

The videos cover the following topics:

  • Hay fever
  • Worried about a mole?
  • Food poisoning and diarrhoea
  • Heat rash
  • Ear infections
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sunburn
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Athlete’s foot
  • What medicine should you take on holiday?
  • Actinic keratoses (solar keratosis)

Dr Emma Broughton, a GP and partner at Priory Medical Group, said: “Together with the CCG, the other GPs and I decided to create a range of self-care videos to help patients stay well during the summer months, when they tend to spend more time outside and therefore are at greater risk of suffering from conditions such as hay fever, sunburn and insect bites.

“The videos contain the advice your GP would provide during a face-to-face consultation, so by following the advice in these videos you could well save yourself a trip to see your GP when you’re unwell.

“Of course you should make an appointment to see your GP if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away. Please call NHS 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk if you have a condition that needs treatment quickly, or seek emergency treatment if you have a serious or life-threatening illness or injury.”

The videos are also available on the CCG’s YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/summer-health

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