Use NHS services to stay well this winter

Stay well this winter

If you’re worried about your health, don’t delay, the NHS wants to see you! 

Help us help you get the care you need this winter.

Stay strong with winter vaccines

Many people get seriously ill from the flu, including complications like bronchitis or pneumonia, and every winter thousands of people die. COVID-19 can also still make people seriously ill. The risk from these viruses is greater during winter when they circulate most as people spend more time indoors. 

Those aged 65 and over; those who are pregnant; or people who have health conditions that put them at risk; as well as unpaid carers and household contacts of those at risk, will be able to get protected ahead of winter by getting their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. It is also important that children get protected against the flu to protect them from getting seriously ill and spreading the virus to those who are vulnerable. All children aged 2 or 3 can get the vaccine through their GP practice.

Health Care First will contact every patient who is eligible for the vaccine via text, phone call or letter with information about when we are running our vaccine clinics.

Mental health support

We all feel down from time to time, no matter our age, but if you are struggling with your mental health, Turing Point could help you feel better. 

Turning Point provides talking therapy for people struggling with their mental health. Turning Point are experts in helping people take control of their lives. 

You get in touch with them by: 

  • Referring yourself online via this form.
  • Or you can call 01924 234 860, weekdays 8am – 8pm (until 4pm on Fridays), 9am – 4pm on Saturdays and 10am – 4pm on Sundays.

Loneliness

Most people feel lonely sometimes, for many different reasons. If loneliness is affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help.

Support is also available if you’re finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.

Here are some things you can try to help with loneliness:

Check your medicine cabinet

Ask your local pharmacist what medicines should be in your cabinet to help you and your family this winter.

Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter illnesses such as colds, sinusitis or painful middle ear infections (earache). Your pharmacist can help if you need any advice.

To find a local pharmacist visit NHS Service Finder

To manage winter illness symptoms at home, you should keep warm, rest, drink plenty of fluids, have at least one hot meal a day to keep your energy levels up and use over-the-counter medicines to help give relief.

For more information search ‘medicines’ on www.nhs.uk

NHS 111

If you need medical advice or are unsure about what healthcare service you should use for your medical needs, contact NHS 111.

NHS 111 can provide clinical advice or direction to the most appropriate services for treatment.

You can access the 111 services online by dialling 111 or visiting:
111.nhs.uk

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