Emergency Department staff are encouraging Nottinghamshire residents to add some important health related to-dos to their Christmas checklist.
They are offering advice on how to stay well over Christmas and what to do if they need medical advice or help.
The Emergency Department at Queen’s Medical Centre has been very busy in recent weeks and staff are providing tips to avoid ending up visiting the hospital over the festive period.
Jane Newton, the Emergency Department Matron at QMC, said: “There are many easy things that people can do to get themselves winter ready, from making sure they have their prescriptions filled if they need them, to stocking up on self-care medicines.
“They can also protect their family and friends by practicing good hand hygiene and washing with soap and water to stop the spread of winter bugs – and please remember if you do and any symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting don’t visit our hospitals sites until you are symptom free for 48 hours.”
Nottingham University Hospitals has been sharing advice throughout December as part of its #stayelfie campaign. It has included encouraging people to check in on older neighbours and residents and advice on how to get health help and advice quickly.
Jane said: “These days there are lots of to get help advice and support. The NHS Symptom Checker is really useful, your local pharmacist or optician can help with lots of routine concerns and if you’re unsure where to turn then the 111 services is a free and simple way to find the right service for you.”