New campaign launched to reduce winter deaths

A new campaign is being launched in Norwich to help people keep healthy and warm during the colder months. It coincides with the clocks going back this weekend and the onset of darker evenings.

Public Health experts believe that in Norwich there are between 60 and 80 more deaths during the winter than the rest of the year. Almost all were older people and most of them had a long term condition such as heart or breathing problems.

Households in Sewell ward, Sprowston Central ward and Town Close ward will receive ‘top tips’ about how reduce the risk of becoming ill – because those areas of the city have more winter deaths than others.

Wellbeing service public consultation launched

Read the story below - take part in the consulation

People are being invited to take part in a consultation being launched today on the Wellbeing Service in Norwich.

The Wellbeing Service, also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), provides support for individuals aged 16 years or older who face mild and moderate mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety.

The consultation is being run by Norfolk and Waveney’s five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and will last for 13 weeks, closing on January 31, 2014.

Voluntary groups help us plan for the future

More than 50 voluntary groups and charities have had their say in how best to support patients and communities in Norwich.

NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group called a summit, held at the King’s Centre in Norwich, asking vountary groups how they can best provide care and services.

NHS advice during Norfolk and Waveney floods

This advice has been issued to people living in flood risk areas, December 5th 2013.

If you need to leave your home because of flooding, take your usual medicines with you. Bring enough medication to last 72 hours.

If you have health concerns whilst you are in a rest centre, please ask to speak to a health advisor if there is one present. Alternatively, you can try a nearby community pharmacy or dial 111, the local NHS helpline. Trained NHS staff will give you advice.

Be an NHS winter 'friend'

The NHS has  issued a call for people to look in on an elderly friend or neighbour this winter.

  Each winter thousands of people in England die as a result of cold weather. Most are over 75 and most of these deaths could be avoided. Hundreds of thousands of others spend much of the winter alone and lonely.

The campaign seeks to help by appealing to an old-fashioned sense of neighbourliness.  Specifically, it is asking for 100,000 people to sign an electronic pledge that states: “I will take time out this winter to look in on an elderly friend or neighbour to make sure they are warm and coping well.”

Don't Forget Your Christmas Prescriptions

People with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions. 

It can be hard in the busy run-up to Christmas to find time to look after yourself.  But a simple call to your GP surgery, or a visit to your high street pharmacy could make all the difference.  Your pharmacy can also give you useful advice on how to deal with winter bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu.

Take high-strength alcohol off the shelves

Stores in Norwich are being encouraged to stop selling cheap, high-strength alcohol.

The call is made today by Healthy Norwich, the campaign to help everyone lead healthier lives. Earlier this week, the East of England Co-Op took the lead by removing cheap, super-strength beers and ciders from all its Norfolk stores.

Tracy Williams, a Norwich nurse and member of NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We hope that other stores will follow the lead of the Co-Op because it is good for the community and is good for business.

“Super strength alcohol can do tremendous damage to people and that impact is felt by the communities which have to suffer increased NHS costs and anti social behaviour.”

The NHS, Voluntary Sector organisations, Norfolk Police and Norfolk Public Health have been working together within the “Norwich Alcohol Strategy Implementation Group”.