Stay well this winter and protect yourself from infection

Stay well this winter and protect yourself from infection


Get your flu jab

If you are pregnant, over 65 or at risk for other reasons, you may be eligible for a free flu jab. Make sure you get it if you are eligible – it is free because you need it. Find out more about who should have the flu jab.


Don’t forget your pharmacist

If you need health advice, your pharmacist is a great place to start. Pharmacists can offer quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses.

 

Plan ahead

Make sure your medicine cabinet contains all of the essential items ahead of reduced opening times, bad weather or sickness.

If you take regular medication, make sure you have ordered enough medication to last through the festive period or ask your GP practice for a new prescription.

Choose well

Remember that A&E is only for emergencies. If it is not an emergency, you should see your GP or get advice from your local pharmacist. You can also call NHS 111, or visit an Urgent Care Centre if you need urgent care.

A&E is only for real emergencies.


How to prevent norovirus

Noroviruses are the most common cause of stomach bugs (gastroenteritis) in the UK. Norovirus can affect people of all ages and is more common in winter, although it can be caught at any time of year. It is highly contagious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

Please help us to prevent norovirus at our hospitals. If you have been unwell, please do not visit until you have been free of symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea for at least 72 hours.

help prevent infection - don't visit if you are unwell

 

Find out more about what we do in the Trust to prevent and control infections and how to protect yourself