Family doctors at Hammersmith and Fulham CCG are reminding residents in Hammersmith and Fulham to make sure they stock up on necessary medicines now to stay well over the Christmas period.
No one wants their Christmas ruined by illness – especially if it could be avoided with a few simple steps beforehand. Residents should speak to their local pharmacist today about the medicines they might need in their home to help them and their families through the holiday season.
Pharmacists are fully qualified to give advice on the best course of action to take should people start to feel unwell. Minor common illnesses such as colds, sore throats, coughs and earaches cannot be treated by antibiotics, so it is best to speak to a pharmacist who can give advice on the right medication to take. It is also important to drink lots of fluids, rest and have at least one hot meal a day.
The winter holiday season is often a very busy period for the NHS. Residents should pick up any prescription medicines as soon as possible so they have enough to last the holiday period. It is also important to take any prescribed antibiotics or other medications as directed.
Older neighbours, relatives and friends may need a bit of extra help during the winter season. Keep in touch with them and check if they are feeling under the weather. They may need help stocking up on food supplies or collecting necessary medication before Christmas Eve or a spell of bad weather.
Local GP and Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham CCG Dr Tim Spicer says:
“Running out of prescription medication during the winter holidays can be serious and your local pharmacist is on hand to help you stock up on any medicines you might need. Especially with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours, there’s nothing worse than seeing a Christmas ruined for the sake of a simple chat with an expert at a local pharmacy beforehand.
“This is the season of goodwill so please look out for our friends and neighbours – particularly elderly and vulnerable people. A third of elderly people never or only occasionally socialise with family or friends and can sometimes become very unwell without letting anyone know. Keeping an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours and supporting them in the cold weather can help them stay well this winter.”
“If you do get ill, your local pharmacist is often best placed to help for most illnesses. If your pharmacy is shut, NHS 111 can direct you to a local service that is open. You can also find the right care for you via our website http://www.staywellnwl.nhs.uk/ ”
For further information please contact Nick Evans, Communications Assistant, NWL Collaboration of CCGs on 0203 350 4205 or at firstname.lastname@example.org