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Top tips to keep well

 

Stop the spread of viruses

Patients and visitors to all healthcare settings within Norfolk and Waveney will still be required to wear face coverings to protect the health of patients and staff.

 

Health and care leaders across Norfolk and Waveney are urging all patients and visitors to continue to follow the infection prevention practices that have been shared during the pandemic which will help minimise the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, including:

  • Washing your hands every time you come indoors, and use alcohol hand gels to clean your hands when you’re out in public
  • Wearing a face covering in all healthcare settings. The requirement to wear these in local healthcare settings is not being lifted following the government announcement. If patients are exempt from wearing a mask, a face shield may be offered as an alternative.
  • Continuing to wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces, such as public transport
  • Letting in fresh air when meeting indoors. Aim to open doors or windows every hour, even for just a few minutes, to help fresh air to circulate

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, and the risk of future variants that aren’t as mild as Omicron remains. That’s why it’s important we continue to follow public health advice and following best-practice infection prevention behaviours.

 

Make movement a regular part of your day

Regular exercise, and even simply moving more throughout the day, can help improve your mental health, reduce the risk of falling, and it helps to keep up your overall fitness which helps your recovery if you do get ill.

Here are some top ways you can keep yourself moving when you’re indoors:

  • Don’t sit down in front of the computer or television for long periods of time without moving. Sitting still for long stretches makes your muscles tighten up and your circulation slow down. That means when you do get up from long stretches of sitting down you’re more vulnerable to having a fall.
  • Break up your time spent being inactive by walking around your home or standing up from your chair and doing simple stretches during TV advert breaks or when you’re on the phone.
  • Stretch out your arms and legs while you’re making a cuppa, holding onto the bench if you need support. Lifting light weights, such as a tin of beans or the milk carton, can help increase blood flow to your muscles too.
  • There are many activities you could do at home, such as walking up and down stairs, dancing, gardening, housework, or taking part in online fitness classes. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s something you enjoy and keeps you moving.
  • For ideas and videos to keep active at home visit activenorfolk.org/active-at-home
  • Search for online fitness classes and face-to-face fitness classes in the Waveney area at https://www.activesuffolk.org/activities
  • Find additional activity ideas and videos at www.nhs.uk/keepactive and www.ageuk.org.uk
  • Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel comfortable and trust your instincts about your own limits. Stop if you are feeling any pain or lightheaded and make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

 

Stay well-stocked with medicines and food

Check your Medicine Cabinet

You can help prevent a minor illness from developing into something worse by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet. 

Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments such as colds, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache). Speak to your pharmacist about what medicines should be in your cabinet to help get you and your family through the winter season. 

Make sure your medicine cabinet has essentials like painkillers and cold and flu remedies to help see you through any closures.

For more information search ‘medicine cabinet’ on www.nhs.uk

Prescriptions

Make sure you get your prescription medicines before your pharmacy or GP practice closes for bank holidays.

Ask your pharmacist if they offer a prescriptions and medicines delivery service. If they do, be sure to get your order in before bank holidays and make sure you have spare medication in case you are unable to go out.

Don’t go to a pharmacy to collect your prescriptions if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are self-isolating.

You can order your prescriptions by calling your GP or pharmacy, or via prescriptions order line - Prescription Ordering Direct Service (POD).  Ask a friend, relative or volunteer to collect medicines for you if the weather is too bad for you to go out safely.

You can also order your repeat prescriptions via the NHS App, as well as make GP appointments. Search for the NHS App on the App Store and on Google Play. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/nhsapp.

If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or any other medication, make sure you take them as directed.

Food provides warmth and energy

Food is a vital source of energy and it helps to keep your body warm. Have plenty of hot food and drinks throughout the day.

Aim to include 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables. Tinned and frozen vegetables count toward your 5 a day.

Stock up on tinned and frozen foods so you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy.

Think about how you will get your shopping if the weather is forecast to be bad. Ask a neighbour, family member or Community Hub to help.

 

Get your COVID-19 Booster 

We are ramping up the delivery of booster vaccinations across Norfolk and Waveney in line with the national ambition to now offer a booster to anyone aged 16+.

Those currently eligible to receive a booster vaccine – three months after their second dose - are:

  • those living or working in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 16+
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16-17 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers of these patients
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

You can book an appointment for a first, second or booster vaccination through the National Booking Service:

Information and guidance about the booster programme is changing quickly. Please visit the  Booster COVID-19 Vaccinations - Norfolk and Waveney CCG page for the latest up to date guidance on how to get your booster.

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