October 4, 2011
Mecca Bingo Aberdeen hosts 'Know Who to Turn To' event for Long Term Health Conditions
Mecca Bingo in Aberdeen is backing NHS Grampian's local Self Management campaign, with a special event in Aberdeen, as part of National Self Management Week.
NHS Grampian healthpoint staff will be available with information and advice at Mecca Bingo on Wednesday, October 5. They will encourage people with long term conditions, and their carers, to 'know who to turn to' and discuss the range of local services to support them.
It is estimated that around 1 in 3 people in the North East are living with one or more long term conditions, for example diabetes, heart disease, or asthma. NHS Grampian, in partnership with the voluntary sector and people with long term conditions, has developed a self management campaign to help people living with long term conditions.
"Self management supports and encourages people to become well informed about what is right for their condition and right for them. It is not a replacement for services, and has to be tailored to each person's needs, circumstances and wishes," says Linda Duthie, Self Management Lead for NHS Grampian.
"As well as running an extensive public information campaign, we continue to ensure our staff feel enabled to support people to self manage. The campaign builds on the successful evaluation of the 'Know Who To Turn To' initiative, which signposts the public to the most appropriate service for an injury or illness."
David Hutton, Manager for Mecca Bingo Aberdeen, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with NHS Grampian and other voluntary support groups to highlight self management and the services they offer."
For more information on self management, call NHS Grampian's free healthline on 0500 20 20 30, or visit a NHS healthpoint at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen's Indoor Market, Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin, 58a High Street Fraserburgh, or The Hot Spot in Peterhead, or visit www.know-who-to-turn-to.com/selfmanagement
Long term conditions
Long term conditions generally last a year or longer and examples include asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain, COPD, Alzheimer's, heart disease and mental health problems.
Campaign Steering Group
The Self Management Campaign Steering group consists of members from NHS Grampian, patient/carer representation and voluntary sector agencies including, Diabetes UK, Breathe Easy, Alzheimer's Scotland, Grampian Cardiac Rehab Association, Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.
NHS Grampian healthpoints and healthline have trained advisors who can provide information on health conditions and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and provide details on local and national support groups.
Know who to turn to
'Know Who to Turn to' is NHS Grampians umbrella brand which was designed to raise awareness of the wide range of healthcare services available through the NHS, in a bid to help people to choose the service best suited to treat their illness or injury.
- Accident and Emergency / 999
- Minor Injuries Unit
- NHS Out of Hours Service