Keeping well this winter

Winter in 2021-22 is going to be one of the hardest ever for the NHS. The pandemic meant some extraordinary pressures but this year we not only face the COVID-19 pandemic continuing but also all the other illnesses that spread more easily as people are out socialising again.

Combined with catching up with delayed appointments from during the pandemic lockdowns it’s no surprise that health services are at their limit.

We want to make sure everyone has access to the best quality health care available at a time they need it. However due to pressures we are not able to promise you won’t have to wait slightly longer for appointments. For example A&E at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals will never turn someone with an emergency medical need away but they are recording some times when there are over 100 people in their waiting room with waits of up to eight hours or more for those who are less serious than others.

Staying well

The best thing for anyone to do is avoid becoming unwell and, if you do need medical help, using the right service for your need means you will be seen quicker and emergency services are left for real emergencies.

Here are some of the main things you need to do this winter:

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1 - Self care!

Self care means making provisions to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Get plenty of exercise, watch your diet, stay warm in winter and use home remedies and off the shelf medicines for minor ailments.

You can find out more on our self care page.

2 - Get vaccinated

There are two essential vaccines you need this winter: COVID-19 and Flu

Winter vaccination

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination here

Find out more about FLU here

 

3 - Use the right service

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