Stay Well This Winter

Cornwall Council's Public Health Team is supporting the 2016 Stay Well This Winter campaign.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help the public, and in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not require a visit to the hospital.

Winter can be challenging on the health of these groups but there a number of things which can help prepare against the cold weather. Protect against flu by getting the flu vaccination, those over 65, pregnant women, children aged 2-4 and people with long-term health conditions can receive this free from their GP or pharmacist.

This year children in school years 1, 2 and 3 will be vaccinated in schools.

You can still have a flu vaccine even if you aren't eligible for the free vaccine. Your local pharmacist, including those in supermarkets, can give you a flu jab for around £9.

Antibiotics won't help you get rid of flu if you do catch it this winter, so visit your local pharmacist for help and advice and save a trip to your GP.

This winter Cornwall Council are offering flu vaccines to all our frontline staff, to help protect the vulnerable people in our communities, and also to make sure our staff are protected from catching the flu while they are working.

NHS Choices has a really helpful section on their website which looks at 10 common myths about having the flu vaccine.

It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors, so if possible keep homes at least 18°C (65°F) and at the first sign of illness, seek immediate advice and help from your pharmacist.

We have prepared a Top Tips poster that gives advice on how to stay warm and keep well over the winter months. 

Take prescribed medicines as directed and pick up any prescription medicines before Christmas Eve. 

If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit the NHS website. The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter. Visit the Stay Well website for more information. 

Winter Wellbeing Guides

We have worked in partnership with over 30 organisations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to provide helpful guides on keeping well, warm, happy and safe this winter.

Make sure you choose the right service this winter, and help to ease the pressure on our hospitals. Research has shown that a significant number of people still go to a hospital accident and emergency department when there are other services more convenient and suitable for their health needs.

  • Only call 999 if it is a critical or life threatening situation. 
  • You can visit your local minor injury unit for treatment of a wide range of minor ailments and minor injuries from cuts and grazes to sprains and strains and broken bones without an appointment.
  • Outside the normal hours of your GP surgery, emergency clinic appointments are available. Please phone 111 if you need to see a clinician via an appointment system, or as a home visit for patients unable to attend a clinic in any of these areas: Bodmin, Camborne Redruth, Falmouth, Helston, Truro, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, St. Austell, Stratton, and Penzance.

For more information on how to choose the right service over the winter visit the Kernow CCG Choose Well website.