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Stay well this winter

Posted on Tuesday 27th October 2015
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Members of the public are being urged to do all they can to protect themselves from ill health as the colder weather approaches.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is backing the national Stay Well This Winter campaign, which offers the public advice and tips on how to prepare against the cold weather and stay well over the colder months.

The campaign is particularly aimed at those with long-term conditions and those over 65, but everyone is asked to use health services wisely to ensure they receive the appropriate care in the right place at the right time.

The Accident & Emergency department is often not the best place to seek help – anyone with an injury or ailment which is not an emergency should seek help from their pharmacist or call their GP, in the first instance. For out of hours problems, call NHS 111 for advice or referral to the most appropriate service. 

Helen Ray, chief operating officer at the Trust, said: “Both of our hospital sites are currently very busy and we are working with teams in primary, community and social care to ensure patients are seen as quickly as possible.

“We would like to take this opportunity to ask our local communities to help us to make sure those that really need A&E services are seen quickly by our experienced clinical teams. If your injury or ailment is not an emergency, please make an appointment with your GP rather than attend A&E or seek help from your local pharmacist. A&E and the 999 service should be used only for very serious health emergencies only including breathing problems, severe chest pain, unconsciousness, suspected stroke, severe blood loss and broken bones.”

As part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, all those eligible for a free flu vaccine are being urged to take up the offer. This includes three million children nationally between the ages of two and six, and others at particular risk of infection and complications from flu which are: 

  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Those aged under 65 with long-term conditions
  • People who receive a carer’s allowance or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if they are ill

Other key messages to help people stay well this winter include: 

  • Keep yourself warm - heat your home to least 18 degrees C (or 65F) if you can
  • If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious
  • Always take prescribed medicines as directed

For further information about how you and your family can stay well this winter, please visit