Winter roadshows to help Northamptonshire residents prepare for the cold weather

Stay Well This Winter roadshow will be coming to Daventry in November
Stay Well This Winter roadshow will be coming to Daventry in November

A Stay Well This Winter roadshow will begin this week in Northamptonshire.

The NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be visiting destinations across Northamptonshire including Northampton, Kettering and Wellingborough, during November starting tomorrow (Friday).

The Stay Well this Winter roadshows to offer advice to residents, in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65, on how to prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not require a visit to the hospital.

Staff at the CCG are encouraging members of the public to come and talk to them at the roadshow events to receive advice and support about some of the key actions they can take to keep them and their families well this winter including:

>Making sure you get the flu jab if eligible

>Keeping warm – inside and outdoors

>Getting help from your pharmacist as soon as you stat to feel unwell, before it gets more serious, even if it’s just a cough or a cold,

>Making sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet

>Always taking prescribed medicines as directed

The team will also be inviting the public to take part in a scratch card quiz, aimed at identifying the most appropriate care and support for common winter ailments, with some surprising results that could really help people to avoid an unnecessary trip to a GP or A&E this year.

To support the free advice available, a pharmacist will be on hand to offer free mini health check-ups for people at risk, especially the over-65s and carers. The mini health checks are free of charge and include BMI, blood pressure testing and awareness of the NHS services available to them.

Dr Darin Seiger, GP Chair of Nene CCG, said: “The NHS is here to help people in a range of ways – it’s not always about seeing your GP or going to A&E. We are doing everything we can to make sure that everyone knows the best way to manage if they suddenly become ill.

“If you do get ill or sustain a minor injury you can get quick and convenient treatment through self-care or from your pharmacist. Your local pharmacists also offer a wealth of healthcare information. We want to encourage people with a bad cough, cold or sore throat, to pop down to their local pharmacy for some quick health advice on the best ways of caring for themselves.”

The roadshow dates are:

Friday 6 November 2015 – Newland Centre Kettering 10-3pm

Friday 13 November 2015 – Grosvenor Centre Northampton 10–3pm

Friday 20 November 2015 – Swansgate Centre Wellingborough 10-3pm

Monday 23 and Friday 27 November 2015 – Health Bus stopping at various locations within South Northants, Daventry and East Northants

The local ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign will last till the end of February and for more information click here Stay Well This Winter