Stay Well This Winter
Published on Monday 04 December 2017
People in Wirral are being advised to “choose well” when it comes to their health this festive season and avoid any unnecessary visit to A&E.
There are many options available for minor illnesses and injuries that may be more appropriate and convenient for people than attending Wirral’s only Emergency Department.
The NHS in Wirral, along with Wirral Council have teamed up to launch this year’s “Choose Well” video campaign. It highlights how self-care is often the best option for many common winter illnesses.
Wirral pharmacists can offer advice and non-prescription medication for many common health problems such as a colds, coughs, stomach ache or diarrhoea.
For less urgent cases please visit one of the NHS Walk-in Centres at Arrowe Park Hospital or Victoria Central Health Centre in Wallasey. Victoria Central also has a Minor Injuries Unit on site with X-ray facilities. Both are open 7 days a week between 8am and 10pm with X-ray facilities available between 9am and 8.30pm. This includes Bank Holidays.
People can also contact their GP surgery for non-emergencies or if they are uncertain about where to go or what to, they can contact NHS 111 24 hours by calling 111 for help and advice.
David Allison, Chief Executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital and Chair of the Wirral A&E Delivery Board, said: “As is the picture up and down the country, our hospital is already extremely busy and our dedicated clinical teams are really starting to feel the challenges that winter brings.
“Here in Wirral we have introduced a number of additional initiatives as part of our plans to manage the expected increase in demand. This includes launching our new “Choose Well” public marketing campaign to the public. This is about working with our healthcare partners to ensure that we have the right advice and information for the public as and when they need it most.
“A number of local information films have been produced which the public will see rolled out on social media, at council One Stop Shops and GP surgeries over the coming weeks.
“I would encourage the public, where possible, to get behind this campaign and share the footage on their own social media pages as and when they can see them.”
At this time of year, the NHS aims to provide patients with the best healthcare possible but what is best for people in the community is to avoid A&E if they don’t really need it.
Wirral’s only Emergency Department will always prioritise those with more serious conditions which can mean a longer wait for those with less urgent needs.
David Allison added: “It’s more important than ever to make sure you and those around you are staying well this winter. Minor steps such as keeping the home warm, exercising where possible, having the flu vaccine to prevent flu, and hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of illnesses such as norovirus can make a big difference.
“Our colleagues working in the NHS and local authority here in Wirral are working extremely hard as we prepare as best we can for the winter months ahead. I would encourage people to please “choose well” when considering their healthcare options and please keep the Emergency Department at Arrowe Park Hospital free for those who need urgent care.”
There is lots of advice on the NHS website around self-care, so people can do all they can to stay well in the colder months. This includes staying as active as possible, eating more fruit and vegetables as well as drinking more milk for calcium and protein.
People aged 65 and over or those with a health condition are advised to ensure homes are heated to at least 18 degrees Celcius. People can also help by checking elderly relatives or neighbours are warm and have food and medicines.
Photo caption: Dr Denise Langhor, Emergency Department Consultant at Arrowe Park Hospital who is featured offering advice in the Choose Well video.