(From Bucks County Council)

Help us help you

We’ve reached that time of year: Winter is upon us and we’re turning on the heating and putting on socks in bed at night!

However, it’s also time for all the health and care services, transport teams and voluntary groups in Buckinghamshire to be ready to help everyone at the right time and in the right place. Our hospitals, GPs, pharmacies, community health services, transport teams, county council and charities have been working together to achieve this, so that things run more smoothly than ever.

This year we are calling on all residents to #helpushelpyou.

We want to make sure everyone in Bucks knows which services can provide help when needed and how they can access them easily.

And this is also where YOU are an essential part of helping spread the word when it comes to #helpushelpyou.

It’s incredibly important for the effective running of key health and care services that we all do our bit to help – and that includes looking after yourself too!

#helpushelpyou by remembering and sharing these three points:

  1. Use your local pharmacy– do this when you start to feel unwell, don’t wait.
  2. Call 111 – for professional health advice and avoid unnecessary trips to the GP.
  3. GP surgeries are now open longer at evenings and weekends – call 111 to book if your surgery is closed.

There are more things you watch out for and do:

  • Norovirus: This 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 try and avoid visiting your GP or hospital to help stop the illness spreading (and stay away from work until you are well!) However, some people with underlying health issues do need extra help – if you are worried then do call 111.
  • 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