The NHS Winter campaign promotes flu vaccinations, staying healthy, avoiding spreading illness, and signposting to the most appropriate services. Find out more at www.nhs.uk/staywell
Stay Well This Winter leaflets:
- Winter (large print)
- Winter (easy read)
- Flu vaccination: who should have it and why
- All about flu and how to stop getting it (easy read)
- Immunising primary school children against flu - information for school teachers
- Protecting your child against flu - information for parents
The Stay Well campaign aims to direct people to the fastest and most effective treatment for them, while reducing pressures put on A&E and 999 services:
- Self-Care: Minor conditions such as colds, coughs, headaches, and cuts and grazes can be treated at home. For further advice visit the NHS Choices website.
- NHS 111: Call 111 if you need urgent medical help but it is not a life-threatening situation. A team of fully trained advisers will assess your symptoms and direct you to the most appropriate healthcare service.
- Pharmacies: Your local pharmacy offers confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of health problems such as aches, pains, allergies and diarrhea. They can also offer stop smoking information, emergency contraception and the flu jab.
- GPs: For illnesses or injuries that will not go away, make an appointment with your GP or telephone for advice. Your GP will be able to help you with health problems such as, long-term conditions, emotional problems and persistent ear pain, backache, vomiting or diarrhea. Find your local GP Practice. For urgent, out of hours GP care, call NHS 111.
- NHS Walk-in Centre or Minor Injuries Unit: Minor illnesses and injuries can be treated at your local NHS Walk-in Centre or Minor Injuries Unit. These include, cuts and bruises, bites, minor burns and scalds, muscle and joint injuries, eye problems and minor head injuries (with no loss of consciousness).
- A&E or 999: For critical or life-threatening emergencies, call 999 or go to A&E. Emergency situations include, stroke, overdose, choking, loss of consciousness, serve allergic reactions, open wound blood loss, breathing difficulties and persistent, severe chest pain.