People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to stay well this festive season.
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.
County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said:
“Christmas and New Year is traditionally a very busy time for A&E departments up and down the country. This is why we want to support people in their communities to be well, keep well and where necessary get well as quickly as possible.”
The top tips are:
- Get the flu jab. Older people, children in school years 3 and 4, and people with some long-term conditions are eligible for a free flu inoculation, 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 school. 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)
“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.”
The University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) have also launched a ‘What’s your emergency?” campaign, which gives advice on being prepared for winter, what people can do for others, and the range of services that on offer. Visit: www.uhnm.nhs.uk for more information.