Hospital and doctor’s surgeries are preparing for the cold season in Islington. With winter here, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are urging Islington residents to think local and use community healthcare services if they are ill or need non-urgent treatment.
With the Christmas period fast approaching, health professionals are urging those eligible to have their flu vaccine as soon as possible, to help them and our hospitals stay flu-free throughout the winter.
Dr Rachel Landau, Clinical Director for Emergency & Urgent Care, said: “Emergency Departments prioritise looking after patients who attend with serious conditions. Departments are always busier over the winter months and festive holidays. If you attend with a minor problem you may have to wait for long periods to be seen.
“If your condition is not life threatening or an emergency, please consider using your local pharmacy, NHS 111 or your local GP, rather than attending the Emergency Department.”
Below are some tips for you to keep well this winter
If you start to feel unwell, at the first sign of a winter illness, even if it is just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious.
NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. It is suitable for patients with the need for urgent medical help or advice when it is not life-threatening.
Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it.
Make sure you speak to your pharmacists about medicines you should have in stock to help get you and your family through the winter season. Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays.
It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes pneumonia and depression. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
Keeping an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours and supporting them in the cold weather can help them Stay Well This Winter.