This year, your local NHS is taking part in 'Feeling Under the Weather?'; a nationwide winter campaign to help raise awareness of alternative healthcare services to A&E. The aim is to prevent winter ills ruining the New Year, especially for those over 60 and their carers – and to set them on course for a healthier 2015.
To support the free advice available to these groups online, the local South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group has a number of local healthcare representatives attending Sainsbury’s Supermarket in Spalding (PE11 1RQ) on Thursday 8 January, between 10am to 4pm, who will be on hand to provide winter wellbeing advice for people. The aim is to help those most at risk of cold weather ailments identify their most appropriate care and support when they begin to feel unwell.
The team will also be inviting commuters and sales shoppers to take part in a scratch card quiz, aimed at testing their knowledge on maintaining positive health and wellbeing during the winter months. The 'Feeling Under the Weather?' scratch cards are a fun way to identify where common winter ailments can be identified early and treated, with some surprising results that could really help people to avoid lengthy GP or A&E waits this year.
Dr Miles Langdon of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG said:
"'Feeling Under the Weather?' is a national campaign aimed at getting people accessing the right treatment, quickly. We are encouraging the over 60’s and their carers to identify their ailments early as minor illness such as colds, flu and chills can quickly develop into something more serious.
“By using the scratch cards, people can discuss their local healthcare options and discover alternative places to receive advice and treatment. We often find that people can look after themselves better before their symptoms become major, once they know what to look out for. The campaign encourages people winter related symptoms to act quickly; cold weather does not necessarily go hand in hand with illness!
“Options should include self care, asking your local pharmacist for advice, calling NHS 111 on your telephone or calling your own GP or surgery. Walk in and Urgent Care Centres for the more serious cases can also be accessed for the more serious conditions and may offer more appropriate treatment than your local hospital’s A&E can offer.”
As part of the campaign South Lincolnshire CCG are also hosting additional 'Feeling under the Weather?' events across the region which include free mini health check-ups. You can find details of upcoming events by visiting the CCG website: southlincolnshireccg.nhs.uk Twitter @NHS_SouthLincs and #undertheweather.