Stay Well This Winter
People in Ealing are being encouraged to stay well this winter to help ease pressure on NHS services, Urgent Care Centres and A&E services.
There are so many ways you can help yourself Stay Well This Winter. Here are some of them:
Get Your Flu Jab
The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly.
Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus.
That’s why the flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition. If you have children or grandchildren aged two, three or four, or in school years one or two, they are also eligible for a free flu vaccination.
Stay Warm in Ealing This Winter with Ealing Healthy Homes
If you are concerned about keeping your
home warm this winter, act now and call Ealing Council’s Healthy Homes helpline on 0800 083 2265. Calls are free and open to any Ealing
resident who wants more information about how to keep their home warm and reduce their energy bills.
Some residents may also qualify for a free home visit by a ‘Green Doctor’ who can offer tailored energy advice and support. Energy saving measures such as draught-proofing, low energy light bulbs and reflective radiator panels may also be offered. Additional support is available for those who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
Although anyone can call Ealing Healthy Homes, residents are more likely to be eligible for a home visit if they’re aged 65 or older, are on qualifying benefits, have children under the age of five, or have a disability or specific long-term chronic health condition. For more information click here
Age UK 'Winter Wrapped Up' is a great source of information for
older people as cold weather can be a major problem in later life. As we get
older, our bodies respond differently to the cold which can leave us more susceptible to serious health problems. But with a little preparation, and by
following some simple suggestions, we can all stay healthy, safe and comfortable this
Try these links to local support and information for
How to be ready for anything
Even in a safe
borough like Ealing emergencies
such as fires, power cuts and severe weather can strike at any time and take us by surprise. Following four simple
mean we really are ready
for any emergency.
- Prepare a grab bag
- Establish a communication plan
- Sign up to utilities priority services
- “In Case of Emergency” contact details
Download the fact sheet here with more information on How to be ready for anything
Treat At Home
There are many common illnesses and
injuries, such as colds and flu, that you can treat at home with a well-stocked medicine
- Paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief
- Decongestants for cold and flu symptoms such as blocked noses or sinuses
- Tablets or liquids to help with heartburn and other digestion problems
- Antiseptic wipes for cuts, grazes and minor wounds
- Antihistamine tablets for allergies and insect bites
- Rehydration remedies
- A thermometer
- Plasters and sterile dressings
Your Local Pharmacist - How they can help you Stay Well This Winter
Your local Pharmacist can provide
professional, confidential advice and treatment without an appointment. You can talk to a Pharmacist about a range of problems including coughs,
colds, skin conditions, aches and pains, stomach complaints and
emergency contraception. They may prescribe you with over-the-counter remedies
and will be able to advise on medicines that are safe to use with any other
medications you are already taking.
Pharmacy Minor Ailments Service in Ealing
This allows patients in Ealing to access
treatment for various minor ailments from the local pharmacy. With increasing pressure on GP appointments, it may be quicker and easier to use this service, which is available
to anyone who is
registered with a GP practice belonging to Ealing. To provide proof of
registration you will need one of the following:
- Repeat section of a prescription that states the name and address of your GP Practice
- An NHS card
- Child health red book with details of patient’s GP
Full details of how the Minor Ailments Service works and how to access it can be found by visiting the Healthy Ealing Pharmacy and Minor Ailments webpages
If you’re still unsure which care option to choose, NHS 111.
is a round-the-clock phone service
The number you dial is 111 and it is FREE from landlines and mobiles. The telephone team
are fully-trained and supported by nurses, paramedics and other medical
professionals. If they think you should see a healthcare professional, they
will direct you to the correct service for your need. Visit NHS Choices 111 webpages for more information about the 111 phone service.
GP practices and online services
If you think you need to see a GP outside normal surgery hours there are
now at least three GP surgeries open every weekend
across the borough. Call NHS 111 and if their trained advisors agree that you should see a GP they will provide details of
the nearest surgery. Using this service does not affect your registration at your own GP
You can now also book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and even access your GP records online. Register for GP online services at your GP surgery or to find out more visit NHS Choices GP online services
helpful information can be found by visiting: www.rightcarenwlondon.nhs.uk or Healthy Ealing website
Of course they are sometimes the right answer, but not always! A lot of people think they are absolutely essential for the slightest ailment. Have a look at this video here
Mental Health Services
Maintaining good health mental is a very important part of staying well; it is an established fact that many people will suffer from some form of mental ill-health at some
point in their lives. The best place to begin seeking help is with your GP, who will ensure that your mental and physical health are
Talking Therapies in Ealing
The Ealing IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service is for adults who need support with common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress.
Check out the ECCG Healthy Ealing website for lots more information to support healthy lifestyles and staying well. The website hosts lots of information and has videos in different languages to support providing crucial messages to speakers of other languages.
Public Health England Cold Weather and Health Video
Public Health England have created a 2 minute video about the dangers of cold weather to our health. To see the video on youtube click here.