Published: 10/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5942 Page 33

Receiving advice on how to stay fit and healthy via text message or while getting a haircut have been revealed by the Department of Health as ways of helping people with long-term conditions take better care of their own health.

The measures were revealed in Self Care: a real choice, which also outlines ideas to help people in the wider community lead healthier lifestyles and take care of minor ailments.

More traditional support measures will include nurse-led classes educating newly diagnosed patients about their condition.

Self Care builds on the earlier government document Supporting People with Long Term Conditions, which pledged to have 3,000 community matrons in place by March 2007 to give one-to-one support to vulnerable patients.

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