As health services will be extremely busy this winter, everyone is asked to play their part and to be better prepared during the cold and flu season. There are six simple things we can all do to help each other:
- Health and care services are still here to help. NHS services are open and safe to use. You can save time by booking appointments and seeking medical advice online by downloading the NHS App or contacting your GP using the online form available on each practice website. There is a Health A-Z at www.nhs.uk/conditions/ with useful information and advice on common conditions. You can also visit your local council website to find out more about how you can receive the early help or care you need.
- If something’s not right but you know it’s not life-threatening and you can’t get to your GP practice, or the pharmacy is closed visit www.111.nhs.uk or calling NHS 111 if you do not have internet access.
- Use www.111.nhs.uk if it’s not an emergency and you need health advice quickly. The friendly team at NHS 111 will be able to help you get the care you need.
- Get boosted by having your flu and COVID-19 vaccines when offered. If you are pregnant or have a long-term medical condition, get your free jabs as soon as possible.
- Stay well and protect yourselves and others around you. Find self-care tips and local services information at togetherwe-can.com/ Visit www.wyhealthiertogether.nhs.uk for trustworthy healthcare advice for parents and carers.
- Continue to be kind to our staff and each other, including wearing a face mask whenever it makes sense to do so.
Please look out for your neighbours who may live alone or be lonely.