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Simple steps to staying well this winter

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to help keep well this winter.

Public health bosses at Staffordshire County Council are supporting people to stay well, and where necessary get well as quickly as possible in an effort to ease pressure on A&E departments during the winter months.

Director of Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council, Dr Richard Harling, said:  “I know from my experience as a doctor in A&E that winter brings with it huge pressures for hospitals, so it is important we all do all we can to keep well and stay out of accident and emergency.

“This winter we are encouraging everyone to look after themselves and their families by following our simple winter health tips.”

The top tips are:

  • Get the flu jab.  Older people, children in school years 1, 2 and 3, and people with some long-term conditions are eligible for a free flu vaccination, so it is advisable to book as soon as possible
  • If you have prescription medicine, make sure you always pick up your prescription, and that you have enough to last you over the holiday period.  Also, make sure you take any medication as directed.
  • If you are feeling unwell, your local pharmacist or GP may be a better port of call.  The NHS 111 service or your local NHS walk-in centre may also be able to help
  • Keep an eye on frail friends, neighbours and relatives in cold weather – make sure they are safe and well.
  • Keep your home warm – at least 18 degrees C (65f)

Richard continued:  “There are plenty of things people can do to help stay well this winter, and lots of ways they can help friends and family do the same.  Nobody wants to be in hospital unless they really have to, so it is important that we support people in their own homes and communities as much as possible.“Prevention really is the key here, which is where our top tips come in.  The most important thing is that we all keep safe and well throughout the winter, and while we all tend to over-indulge a little during the festive season, we need to make sure we look after ourselves and others.”Website link:  https://www.nhs.uk/staywell