Taking care of yourself over Christmas
Seasons greetings and a happy new year to you all from all our Board members,
staff and volunteers.
Please note, our office will be closing on 22nd December 2023 and reopening
on 2nd January 2024.
We have developed this newsletter to give you the information you may need to support you to take care of yourself and your family and friends over the festive period.
We hope you find it useful.
Staying well this winter
Winter conditions can be bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions such as heart or kidney disease, COPD (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis), asthma or diabetes.
There are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.
There’s no need for a GP appointment – just ‘Think Pharmacy First’
Pharmacies across the North East and North Cumbria can offer advice and treatment for many common conditions.
There’s no need for a GP appointment – just ‘Think Pharmacy First’.
Pop along to your local pharmacy and talk to a health care professional about your illness and they will offer advice and treatment if needed.
Hit the button below to see the health conditions which are covered as part of this service:
Access to medical and dental support
If you think you need medical or dental help right now, 111 online or the 111 telephone line can tell you what to do next.
If you need urgent medical attention but it’s not a life-threatening situation
Sunderland Urgent Care Centre is based beside the Emergency Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital and is the place to go if you or your family need urgent medical attention but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
When to go to the Emergency Department (A&E)
The Emergency Department or A&E (accident and emergency) is for serious injuries and life-threatening emergencies only.
But, life-threatening emergencies are different for adults and children.
Looking after your child’s health, an NHS guide for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years.
Developed by hospital specialists, doctors, health visitors and pharmacists this app will give you lots of useful hints and tips from experts in child health from everything from oral health, upset tummies and diarrhoea to advice on bumps and bruises.
This app is intended to help you know what to do, and where to go, when you are looking after an unwell child.
NHS guide to common illnesses
The NHS website has a comprehensive guide to common illnesses and in many cases how we can treat ourselves, which can be useful over the holiday period.
Access to Sexual Health Services
Sexual Health Services in Sunderland will be closed from Saturday 23rd December to Tuesday 26th December and again from Saturday 30th December to Monday 1st January (inclusive).
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) have developed several self-help guides which have been written by local healthcare professionals with contributions from healthcare staff and service users. You can access them here.
If you need someone to talk to, you can call the Samaritans at any time, free of charge on 116 123.
For crisis support click here or call 999
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We are here to help!
If you have any health & social care questions