Help us help you this winter

Health professionals in Kirklees have issued a reminder about the help and support available to help people get the care they need this winter.

With people asked to follow local restrictions for West Yorkshire this will be a winter like no other as we work together to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.  Regular hand washing, wearing a face covering and keeping a safe distance from others remains the best way to keep protecting each other.

This winter it’s more important than ever to get the flu jab. Flu is serious, and kills around 11,000 people and hospitalises tens of thousands more in England each year. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu virus. Flu can cause severe complications, particularly for high risk groups. If you are pregnant, have a long term health condition such as asthma or diabetes, are over the age of 65, or are the main carer for someone, you are eligible for a free flu vaccine. Contact your GP practice as soon as possible.

For the first time, people aged 50-64 will be invited by their GP practice to also get a free flu jab from December.

If you have a repeat prescription please check you have enough supply to last over the bank holidays. That way you don’t risk getting ill if you run out, or have to take up an emergency GP appointment. You can manage your repeat prescription through the NHS App or your GP’s online services.

Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of Greater Huddersfield CCG said “The NHS is still here to help you and your family this winter. GP practices are open. If you have concerns about a medical condition or need advice you should contact us as soon as possible.  A delay in treatment can pose a risk to longer term health. We’ve made changes to the way we work, to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus. Please call or contact us online first. If you need a face to face appointment you will be offered one.”

Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals that can offer advice and the best treatment for common health conditions such as colds, sore throats and tummy aches, many pharmacies have private consulting rooms.  People are advised to think ahead and check their first aid kits and medicine cabinets so that minor injuries and common health problems can be treated at home. Pharmacy opening hours and contact details can be found on the NHS website.

There will be people who need urgent and emergency care this winter. Healthcare professionals throughout Kirklees want to make sure those people get the right advice and treatment at the right time.

Dr Khalid Naeem, Chair of North Kirklees CCG said: “Please help us, help you this winter by making the right choice. If you have an urgent medical condition, but it’s not an emergency, you should contact NHS111 by phone or go online 111.nhs.uk. You should call 999 when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, such as severe bleeding, head injury or you think it could be a heart attack or stroke.”

In North Kirklees, the walk in centre based in the emergency department of Dewsbury and District Hospital and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 8pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am – 6pm, which can provide health support and advice for minor illness or injury.

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