This month, I had a number of meetings with local NHS organisations including the South West London Mental Health Trust, the South West London Health and Care Partnership Alliance and I attended the Wandsworth Health and Care Design Event. We discussed the health needs of our local community and how each group would like to see the extra NHS funding spent.
Also, importantly, I met up with local NHS clinical leads in Parliament to discuss what we can all do to ease pressure on the NHS during the winter. It is important that we all know what we can do to stay healthy and help those around us, particularly the very young or very elderly, or those with compromised immune systems, stay healthy too in the colder months. Below are tips that may be helpful:
- See a pharmacist. Pharmacists often have private consultation areas and are experts in many areas so they may be able to help you if you don't think the issue is important enough to need to see a GP.
- GP appointments are now available from 8 am to 8 pm 7 days a week. Book an appointment if the issue isn't an emergency to help ease pressure on A&E.
- Call 111 for free advice from trained medical advisors who can help at any time.
Get a flu shot. It's not just to protect you. It is to make sure people who may be vulnerable or sick around you also don't catch the virus.