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 you.
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Information and Guidance
The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help people with long-term health conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.
* Winter can be seriously bad for the health of these people, increasing the risk of blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:
* At the first sign of a cough or cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious
* Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter
* Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays
* It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
* Make sure you get your flu jab
* If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk
* The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter. Visit nhs.uk/staywell for more information.
Heathysurrey website has lots of seasonal advice which is very valuable.
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The Patient Passport (PDF) is intended to help staff from health care services offer you the right help at the first point of contact. It helps the service 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. Make sure you 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). It also makes a connection with those people who know you best (carers/ parents /care co-coordinators /specialist nurses/ community nurses/therapists etc.)