NHS "Help Us, Help You"
The new NHS "Help Us, Help You" campaign supports the public to stay well over the winter months.
This winter NHS England and Public Health England are helping the public to better understand what actions they can take to manage their own health and get the best out of their NHS.
During the winter months, "Help Us, Help You Stay Well This Winter" highlights that by following the expert advice of NHS staff, the public can take the right steps to stay well prevent an illness getting worse, or get well again sooner.
If you are eligible the best way to help you to avoid flu is to have the flu jab. This year the flu programme is bigger than ever with 24 million people in England being offered the flu jab. In addition older people across the country are being offerd a more effective vaccine as part of the programme which is providing a record 8.5 million doses free of charge.
The campaign help to educate the public on how best to use a number of services.
- NHS 111 - you should phone 111 for urgent but non-life threatening medical needs where a specially trained advisor will be able to tell you the best course of action.
- Extended GP hours - appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcar professional are now availablein the evenings and weekends, either at your local practice or another nearby NHS service.
- Community pharmacies - at the first signs of winter illness or for minor health conditions that do not require a GP appointment, you should visit your local pharmacist who is a qualified healthcare professional and could be able to give you something to help more quickly.
The NHS "Stay Well This Winter" campaign highights that for some people, such as those with underlying health conditions, older people, pregnant women and young children, winter ailments can be more serious and they are more likely to end up in hospital or need to use other NHS services. Exposure to cold indoor or outdoor temperatures increases blood pressure and can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
"Help Us Help You" therefore also encourages people most at risk from cold weather, including those with long-term health conditions and their carers, and the elderly, in particular those who are frail or who are over 70, to prepare for the lower temperatures to prevent them from falling seriously ill. This includes keeping warm, stocking up on prescriptions receiving a free flu jab if eligible and checking in on elderly neighbours and relatives.
To find out more about how you can help the NHS help you this winter including leaflets in easy read, large print, audio, BSL and Braille visit www.nhs.uk/staywell