Winter health

by | Oct 13, 2017 |

Make sure you get your flu vaccination this winter

The flu vaccination is free for pregnant women, those aged 65 years or over, people with certain medical conditions, children aged two or three years, and carers.

More details are available on the NHS Choices website where you’ll also find information on keeping warm and keeping well, how to protect yourself against the season’s biggest ailments and some practical ways to banish winter tiredness.

The site also has information leaflets to download, including easy read, large print, audio and British Sign Language versions.

Primary care winter access scheme - 2 December 2017 to 2 April 2018

Huddersfield practices open on Saturdays to ease NHS winter pressures

GP practices in Greater Huddersfield are among GP services across England offering additional out-of-hours consultations to help the NHS cope with increased winter pressures.

The CCG’s primary care winter access scheme runs from Saturday 2 December 2017 to Monday 2 April 2018 and will provide an additional 1,205 appointments with a GP covering Saturdays and bank holidays, including Sundays on bank holiday weekends, from a number of local practices opening as hubs.

These out-of-hours appointments are specifically for patients with an urgent medical need that isn’t a 999 emergency, rather than for routine consultations with a GP that are available during regular opening hours. When a patient in need of medical advice contacts NHS 111, they are assessed and advisors help them to access the local service that can help them best, which could be one of these out-of-hours GP appointments.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Clinical Leader of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said:

“This scheme demonstrates the willingness of local GP practices to engage with the CCG in developing plans to invest in primary care and improve access for patients over the winter period. We believe the scheme will have a positive impact, with reduced A&E attendances. As always, we encourage everyone to use NHS services wisely and choose the correct care for their needs to help relieve pressure on A&E services this winter”.

Bank holiday opening times for local pharmacies

Please check this section for details of local pharmacy opening times in the run up to a bank holiday.

Age UK's top tips for keeping warm and well

Age UK has published a great deal of information to help people keep warm indoors and out this winter. You’ll find all this information, including guidance on heating your home and details about the financial help available to do this, on the charity’s website here.

Kirklees Council's winter information

On the council’s website here, you’ll find a range of winter information, from getting out and about safely in winter weather to keeping your home warm and reducing your energy bills.

Winter driving checklist

Kirklees Council operates a winter maintenance service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whenever the weather demands, to allow all road users to move about as safely as possible. This winter page on the council’s website gives gritting and weather updates, emergency contact numbers and guidance including a winter driving checklist.

Flooding advice

Kirklees Council has information on its website here that can help you reduce the risk of flooding. You’ll also find a ten minute household emergency plan template and an emergency flooding checklist that can help you be prepared and minimise your risk.

Get ready for winter

All types of weather can affect you, those around you, and your property. Make sure you’re ready for winter by checking out these winter tips and advice from the Met Office.

Stay Well This Winter toolkit for the Community and Voluntary Sector

This toolkit has been designed to help local Community and Voluntary Sector groups support the 2017 campaign through their networks and communications channels. By working in partnership, we can promote this important information and help everyone Stay Well This Winter.

Choosing the right service

Winter is an extremely busy time of year for NHS services, so it’s important to use the right services if you are ill. If you do need medical help but it’s not a 999 emergency, please remember that you can ring NHS 111 for advice 24/7.

Choosing which service is right for you at a given time may not always be easy – often you have more than one option. Click here to find out which service is right for you.

If you spot an error on this page, or if you have any suggestions on how we can improve it, please let us know by email to: contactus@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk