Taking care of yourself makes good sense, leading to improved health and a better quality of life. If you or someone you care for is coping with a health condition such as dementia or stroke, there is a range of useful information and services to help get the most out of life.
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Information and Guidance
Healthy Surrey website has a range of tips and advice on staying healthy throughout the year.
Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people aged 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections. Our GPs and Emergency Departments become very busy around this time, making it important for you to be prepared especially for the holiday season.
The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to keep you and your family well this winter, for example;
- If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious, get help from your pharmacist. The sooner you get advice the better – pharmacists are here to help you stay well this winter.
- If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or other medication, don’t forget to pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays. Download information about local community pharmacies open over Christmas and New Year. Please check with the pharmacy before travelling.
- If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk who can direct you to a local service that is open.
- It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes pneumonia and depression. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
- Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours and support them during the cold weather by checking on them and keeping in touch. They may need a bit of extra help with stocking up food supplies and ensuring they have the necessary medication before the Christmas holidays start or a spell of bad weather.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you prepare for winter. For more information visit Stay Well .
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The Patient Passport (PDF) is intended to help staff from health care services to offer you the right help at the point of contact with the services and provide the necessary care and treatment needed during the person's stay in hospital.
This passport has been designed so that healthcare professionals are made aware of a patient’s needs and requirements caused by a long term neurological condition so they can provide you with the best possible healthcare whenever you visit hospital.
When you have completed and printed out your passport, take it with you whenever you visit hospital and show it to the doctors, nurses and any other healthcare professionals you come into contact with. If you are admitted to hospital, ask the nurses to keep your passport with your notes at the bottom of your bed.
The passport is not expected to hold all the available information about the person, however please complete it as fully as possible. It should however contain enough detail to enable staff within the health service to understand your everyday needs. The Patient Passport makes a connection with those who know you least (staff in hospitals) and with those people who know you best (carers/ parents /care co-coordinators /specialist nurses/ community nurses/therapists etc.)