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What to do if you are unwell over Christmas and New Year

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STAY WELL THIS WINTER Final Logo3 SHAD RGB 01If you, or a member of your family, are unwell over the Christmas and New Year period, follow this handy guide on what to do and where to seek help:

Care for yourself at home

If you have a common health issue, like a cough, cold, sore throat or headache make sure you get plenty of rest and take your usual painkillers or medicines, if you need them (always read the label).

Call your GP

Your GP surgery will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday 25 December
  • Tuesday 26 December
  • Monday 1 January

However, you can still phone your GP surgery and follow the instructions on the recorded message, which will help you find the best NHS service for your needs. This service is also available when your GP surgery is closed on other days.

Half of sexually active young people have had sex with a new partner without using a condom

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  • One in 10 sexually active 16-24 year olds have never used a condom1
  • One in three (35%) think carrying condoms gives the impression that you sleep around1
  • Nearly six in 10 of all chlamydia and gonorrhoea diagnoses in 2016 were in people aged 15 to 24[ii]
  • New campaign from Public Health England features personal stories from young people talking about contracting an STI and why they did not use protection
  • The ‘Protect against STIs’ campaign wants to encourage condom use to prevent young adults contracting and spreading STIs

Public Health England had launched ‘Protect against STIs’, a new campaign that aims to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among 16-24 year olds through condom usage. The campaign is the first Government sexual health campaign in eight years.

Christmas on my terms

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Ted RalphTed Ralph works for the local NHS.

Most people feel pressure coming up to Christmas. It’s a fun time but for many of us it means lots of preparation and work.

It seems like we’re conditioned into wanting that perfect Christmas with copious amounts of food and drink, good company and gift’s a plenty. Nigella Lawson’s glittery vision of Christmas is just one example that’s almost impossible to recreate without a crew of 5 helpers including a hair stylist and interior designer. 

Stay Safe and Well in the Cold Weather

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SWTW cold weatherThere is a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 9am Monday 11 December and 9am Thurs 14 December in parts of England. Cold weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.