Choose your health services wisely this winter with North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Choose your health services wisely this winter with North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging local people to look at different ways of coping with their health this winter. We have a number of different areas where we can help you choose your health care services well.

With the cold snap approaching we have many health tips to advise you to keep well this season. First and foremost, look after yourself. You can often self-treat many minor illnesses and injuries at home by keeping your medicine cabinet and first aid kit well-stocked. Combine this with plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids to keep yourself hydrated. Most simple ailments will begin to get better within a couple of days.

The Choose Well campaign aims to help you choose the right place to go for NHS treatment; it will ensure you get the right care as soon as possible. We advise all residents of North East Lincolnshire to call the single point of access number 01472 256222 for all your non-emergency health advice, including if you feel that you need to see a GP at night or weekends and information about your nearest open pharmacist.

Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, known as the winter vomiting bug it affects people of all ages. As there is no specific cure, you have to let it run its course, but it should not last more than a couple of days. Please visit our website to see tips on how to prevent and cope with Norovirus.

When heating and fires are turned up there is always the risk of possible carbon monoxide poisoning. To avoid this happening please ensure that fossil fuel and wood burning appliances are regularly checked by a registered engineer. For your own piece of mind carbon monoxide alarms are available in most DIY stores.

A cold and/or damp home can make some health conditions worse. The Health through Warmth scheme aims to improve levels of warmth, comfort and quality of life for people who have cold and/or damp related illnesses.

Cathy Kennedy, Chief Officer for NEL CCG said:

“We really urge people in the local community to take extra care of themselves at this time of year. Our website offers lots of helpful tips and advice during the cold season to prevent ill health and maintain a healthy you”.

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