Members of the public, health professionals and students from the University of Huddersfield, are the stars of a series of short films being used by the local NHS this winter.
People living and working in Kirklees are supporting the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) by sharing some important messages to help people stay well over the Christmas and New Year period.
The messages include a reminder about ordering and collecting any medication that is required before the holidays, using community pharmacies for advice and accessing NHS 111 by telephone or online for urgent medical problems.
Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of North Kirklees CCG said: “We know at this time of year people are busy, and no one wants to be ill, particularly at Christmas. Our winter messages films are just a simple way of reminding people what is available in the local community such as pharmacists, and GP practices that are open for longer. I’d like to thank everyone who has taken part.”
Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of Greater Huddersfield CCG added: “Like many parts of the country we are seeing a high number of people attending our local accident and emergency departments and suffering with winter related illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms in our local community. We want people to be able to get the care they need, when they need it.
“It’s important if you are unwell to take the necessary steps to help us help you. Whether that’s collecting your medication on time, seeking advice early before things get worse, or contacting NHS 111 if you have an urgent medical problem.”
Many of the students from the University of Huddersfield who appear in the films are training to be the future workforce of the NHS.
Bethany Woodcock, Community Officer at Huddersfield Students’ Union said: “A lot of students have been on placements in GP practices or hospitals this year as part of their training. Students are a big part of the local community and were keen to support the local NHS with this campaign.”
The films are available to view on the CCG’s winter health pages. Here you can also find advice on if you have flu or the norovirus (winter vomiting bug) and pharmacy opening hours for over the bank holiday.