Age UK VSSOP
Age UK’s Visiting Support Service for older people has provided support throughout the pandemic (mainly remotely; however essential visits were still attended to), and we are pleased to confirm that we have reinstated visits to our service users in the community.
Whether they require help to access welfare benefits, support with housing options, referrals to health services or more, we are here and happy to support! Our service covers those aged 65+, and we cover Fenland, Huntingdon, East Cambs and we have been running a successful pilot scheme in Peterborough.
Our waiting time is greatly reduced and we have support officers covering all service areas.
Stay Warm and Well this Winter
Please click the link below for a useful information booklet.
Don’t swallow up your NHS – use it wisely this winter.
Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45*
You can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.
So be prepared and stock up on winter essentials today:
- Pain relief (paracetamol)
- Cough and sore throat remedies
- First aid kit
- Upset stomach treatment
- Rehydration treatment
- Heartburn and indigestion treatment
- Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you.
- *£45 is the average cost for GP consultation time, cost of the medication, and dispensing fee.
Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
Childhood Respiratory Tract Infections
Please see this When Should I Worry – Your Guide to coughs, colds, sore throats and earaches leaflet regarding Childhood Respiratory Tract Infections.
What is Self Care?
Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.
Winter 2017 Health Campaign
Please click the link Winter 2017 Health campaign for the Winter 2017 Health campaign.
Autumn 2017 Health Campaign
Please click the link Autumn 2017 Health Campaign for the Autumn 2017 Health Campaign. Advice on what to stock in your medicine cabinet can be found below.
Find Out More About Self Care
If you need more information on how you can self care at home, click on the links:
A helpful guide on how long you can expect the symptoms of cough, colds, sore throat and nasal congestion to last, what you can do to get better and the warning signs to look out for which mean you may need to seek professional help.
The leaflet also explains that antibiotics are not an effective treatment for winter symptoms such as cough, cold, sore throat, flu or nasal congestion.