Panto stars say ‘Stay Well This Winter’ in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Panto stars have joined forces with local healthcare professionals to help people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire stay well this festive season.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, the cast of Peter Pan at the Bristol Hippodrome are backing the local NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign, which offers simple tips for winter wellbeing and guidance on how to get the right care at the right time.
Family favourites Captain Hook, Peter and Tinkerbell met up with award-winning Bedminster pharmacist Ade Williams MBE to learn about the campaign.
We want everyone to stay well and enjoy the festive season, and that’s why we’re promoting easy things people can do to look after themselves and their loved ones.
For example, picking up repeat medication before the bank holidays is a simple way to avoid last-minute panics, and your local community pharmacy team can also tell you what you need in your family medical cabinet to deal with things like coughs, colds, indigestion and allergic reactions at home.
It’s also good to remind yourself of how to get help over the bank holidays should you need more urgent care. Services including NHS 111, minor injury units and emergency pharmacies will all be open throughout the holiday period and you can check opening times on the local NHS website.”
Captain Hook, played by legendary TV actor David Suchet, said:
Us pirates are always getting into scrapes so it’s handy to know NHS 111 can get us to the help we need, even on the bank holidays. Hats off to all the NHS staff who’ll be caring for local people over Christmas.
Services available in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire throughout the bank holidays include:
Full details of local services including opening times, are available on the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire website at bnssg.icb.nhs.uk.
Dr Joanne Medhurst, Chief Medical Officer at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board, added:
With less than two weeks until Christmas Day we want to encourage people to order their repeat prescriptions now to ensure they have enough medication to cover the festive break.
With so much going on in the run up to Christmas, it is easy to forget about those other everyday essentials such as prescription medicine. So,check you have enough medication to last over the festive period and if not order a new supply as soon as possible, it allows enough time for it to be processed and dispensed, and saves you the worry of having to order an emergency prescription.
It also helps the NHS to reduce pressure on urgent care services, which are always busy at this time of year.
Ordering repeat prescriptions online or via the NHS App is a convenient way to get your medication without needing to visit or contact your GP practice.”
The Stay Well This Winter campaign brings together information and advice from local health and care services provided by the NHS and local authorities. It includes guidance on: