- Use your local pharmacy– do this when you start to feel unwell, don’t wait.
- Call 111 – for professional health advice and to help avoid unnecessary trips to the GP.
- GP surgeries are now open longer at evenings and weekends – call 111 to book if your surgery is closed for the day.
There are more things you watch out for and do:
- Be A Good Neighbour. Take note of who lives on your street and make sure that they are doing ok – particularly elderly or vulnerable people living alone. Find out more here
- Get a flu jab. Uptake for has been good so far this year, but there is still time to get one, especially for the over 65s and children aged 2-3. For some it is free, others need a trip to the GP or pharmacist. Find out more here
- Ready for Winter. If you are out and about in your car then make sure to check your tyres, water levels and think about a special kit bag of supplies in case you get stuck in bad weather. Find out more here
Additionally: Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is also called the ‘winter vomiting bug’ because it’s more common at this time of year. It can be very unpleasant but usually clears up in a few days and you can normally look after yourself or your child at home. If you have experienced norovirus symptoms in the previous 48 hours, or been in contact with someone who has, please avoid visiting your GP or hospital to help stop the illness spreading. If you’re concerned or need any advice, call NHS 111.
You can find more advice on Buckinghamshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) site here
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