Help us help you
In winter, the number of A&E attendances increase, putting an additional, but sometimes avoidable, burden on the NHS.
This winter, the ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign is encouraging the more vulnerable people in society – frail, older people and those with underlying health conditions – to take better care of their health as the colder months approach, by promoting self-care.
Remember to visit your pharmacist at the first signs of illness, pick up your prescriptions, staying warm over the winter months and check in on elderly neighbours and relatives. You can find pharmacy opening times within your borough over the winter holiday period here.
The ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign supports you to find the right NHS service for your medical need, and the actions you can take, will to better enable the NHS to help you.
Keeping your medicine cabinet stocked up
You can find useful information on what to have in your medicine cabinet on NHS Choices.
Get your flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it
Pregnant women, parents of children aged 2 and 3 years old and adults with underlying health conditions are at particular risk from flu and vaccination is still the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That’s why the flu vaccine is free – because eligible groups really need it.
For most children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick and easy nasal spray. Children aged 2 and 3 receive the vaccine through their GP and children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 receive it in school. If you have a child who is of the eligible age, make sure you sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.
If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your general practice, pharmacist or midwife to get it.
Visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information.
Think you need medical help right now? You can call NHS 111 where a fully trained adviser will suggest the best course of action.
NHS 111 is much more than a helpline. You can speak to fully trained advisers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, who can put you straight through to healthcare professionals, as well as arrange face-to-face appointments and assess if you need an ambulance.
So, if you think you need urgent non-life-threatening medical help, call NHS 111.
Visit www.nhs.uk/111 for more information.
GP extended access
GP practices are able to provide appointments that are booked in advance and are more convenient to you, including evenings and weekends. You can find more information below for the area you live in: