Winter Wellbeing

Stay Well This Winter

NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to supporting the people of West Cheshire to Stay Well This Winter.

Winter can be seriously bad for people’s health, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

But there are a number of things we can all do to prepare for the cold weather:

  • At the first sign of a cough or cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist.
  • Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter.
  • Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start.
  • Keep warm in winter. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can. You might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
  • Make sure you get your flu jab.
  • If you need help over the holiday period, call NHS 111.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter. Visit nhs.uk/staywell to find out more.

Follow us on social media @WestCheshireCCG to keep up to date with the latest advice.

Healthcare options over Christmas and New Year

Six West Cheshire pharmacies are set to open on Christmas Day, 14 on Boxing Day and 10 on New Year’s Day.

Routine GP and nurse appointments will be available on all three bank holidays via the General Practice Extended Hours service. To book an Extended Hours appointment call 0300 123 7743 or speak to your GP practice receptionist.

Extended Hours appointments are also available every weekend.

If you have a more pressing medical need, call NHS 111. Urgent GP appointments will be available via NHS 111 from 8am-8pm every day over the festive period excluding Christmas Day.

All West Cheshire GP practices are set to open as normal from Wednesday, December 27th to Friday, December 29th inclusive and from Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 onwards.

Improved access to General Practice

Extended Hours – People in West Cheshire can now book to see a GP, a nurse or arrange a blood test in the evening, at weekends and on bank holidays.

Patients registered with a West Cheshire GP practice can access appointments at six locations between 6:30pm-9:30pm every Monday to Friday and 9am-6pm at weekends.

To book an Extended Hours appointment, call 0300 123 7743 or speak to your GP practice receptionist.

To find out more, click here: westcheshireccg.nhs.uk/whatwedo/gpextendedhours/

eConsult – Have you visited your GP practice website recently? eConsult is an online triage tool available on a number of GP practice websites in West Cheshire.

It offers patients whose symptoms are not medically urgent a wide range of self-help information including symptom checkers and useful videos. eConsult also signposts to other local health services such as pharmacies and NHS 111.

In many cases eConsult can be used as an alternative to a traditional GP appointment or telephone consultation.

NHS 111

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.

They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

More information about NHS 111 is available here: www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Pages/NHS-111.aspx

Dental care

Need urgent dental care? Local dental providers offer NHS Urgent Dental Clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with urgent appointments available for patients who need urgent tretament.

The service applies to you if your problem includes either:

  • Trauma - this is usually caused by a blow to the face
  • Swelling of the face
  • Bleeding - uncontrolled, such as after an extraction
  • Pain that can't be controlled by pain relief medicines

Call the helpline on 0161 476 9651 (local rate), which is available from 9am-9:30pm every day - including weekends and bank holidays.

Please note - This is an appointment only service.

Finding local services

Not sure where your nearest pharmacy, dentist or GP practice is? Find out now via the NHS Choices service directory: www.nhs.uk/service-search

Own Life

The Own Life self-care campaign brings together inspirational stories from people in West Cheshire who refuse to let long-term conditions control their life.

Importantly, the campaign also highlights the small lifestyle changes each and every one of us can make which can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.

To find out more, click here: www.ownlifewestcheshire.co.uk or follow Own Life on Twitter @OwnLifeWestCH