The festive season is now upon us and your local NHS in West Lancashire, Southport and Formby is offering residents advice on how to stay well this winter and avoid those nasty winter illnesses.
Winter is an exciting time for many, but this time of the year can pose problems for our health and wellbeing, especially for people with a long-term condition and those people aged over-65. Cold and wet weather, ice, snow and windy conditions all play their part in making existing health conditions worst and making people vulnerable to picking up winter illnesses such as colds, sore throats, asthma, norovirus and most commonly the flu.
Help is at hand though, by being prepared, thinking carefully and knowing how to examine your options in West Lancashire, Southport and Formby.
Dr John Caine, West Lancashire GP and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Everyone wants to enjoy themselves at this time of the year, but a winter bug can dampen any spirits.
“The best advice that I can offer is to be prepared, if you are entitled to a free flu vaccination then make sure you get it, visit your pharmacist to ensure that you have the right at home medication, order your repeat prescriptions using Patient Access well before the bank holiday rush and make sure that you have plenty of food stocked up at home, just in case we are visited by some nasty weather.
“It’s also really important to make sure that we look out for not only family and friends, but also for any elderly neighbours as well, those who may struggle to get out of the house this time of the year, to ensure that they have everything that they need.
“If you are unlucky and get poorly, knowing what to do and where to go for your specific medical need, will ensure that you have a speedy recovery.”
For up to the minute information on where to go if you fall ill during the bank holiday, visit your local CCG’s websites, as well as their Twitter and Facebook pages, or visit Examine Your Options