Advice clinics at the doctor's

Cotman Senior Support at the Doctors Team 1People over the age of 60 in Norwich who would like a little extra help with housing issues or their benefits are being invited to use an advice service based in two GP surgeries.

Cotman Housing Association is running a pilot scheme called “Senior Support at the doctors” from both Lionwood Surgery and St Stephens Gate surgery. Trained advisors are running clinics that people can just ‘walk in’ and ask about, make an appointment or be referred by their GP or nurse.

The sort of things they can help with include housing, adaptations at home to make everyday living easier and safer, advice on getting help at home, benefits, care alarms and making new friends or finding new things to do for a fulfilling life. The overall aim is to help people keep independent at home and reduce loneliness.

Special event asks “what can you do?”

People from across Norfolk and Waveney will be encouraged to plan for their future, speak openly to their loved ones about death and make dying well a natural part of a good life at a special event next week.

Taking place at The Forum in Norwich on Tuesday 9 May, the drop-in event has been organised to tie in with national Dying Matters awareness week, which this year has the theme “what can you do?”

Smokefree sidelines catching on at kids’ football pitches

Smokefree Sidelines logoA campaign to ban smoking on the sidelines at youth football matches is gaining ground.

So far, around a third of youth participants across the county have been directly impacted, with nearly 30 Norfolk clubs signing up to ‘Smokefree Sidelines’. Many more players and spectators have been aware of the initiative through playing away fixtures at Smokefree Sidelines clubs.

For health care over Easter

Patients are urged to help the NHS by using healthcare services wisely over the Easter weekend. Going to the right place for treatment or advice will mean everyone can get the help they need more quickly.

For minor inuries and illness, peope shoulf self-care at home using a well stocked first aid kit, containing antispetic cream, plasters and painkillers.

A wide range of healthcare advice on minor illnesses, infections, headaches, emergency contraception and coughs and colds, is also available from local pharmacists, many of which are open over the weekend.

If it is urgent but not an emergency you can call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the freephone number is manned by trained advisors who can offer advice or arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse if appropriate.

The NHS walk-in centre at Rouen House in Rouen Road, Norwich, is open between 7am and 9pm every day. A nurse-led centre, it can help with a range of issues, including minor cuts and wounds, strains and sprains, flu-like symptoms, skin complaints and stomach problems. You can simply walk in, without an appointment.

The Minor Injuries Unit based at Cromer is also open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Patients can turn up without an appointment and receive treatment for minor injuries such as minor wounds, burns or simple fractures.

Finally, anyone who needs a repeat prescription is being encouraged to order and collect it in advance of the bank holiday weekend. Pharmacies and NHS 111 can help with emergency prescriptions where necessary.

For a list of pharmacies in Norfolk which will be open over the Easter weekend, visit http://www.england.nhs.uk/mids-east/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/03/norfolk-easter-opening-hours-17.pdf