Healthwatch Hampshire are excited to share their Self-Care Advice Survey Campaign with you.
This survey aims to learn more about the experience of people in Hampshire when accessing information and advice from Pharmacists, the 111 Telephone Service, and Accident & Emergency. We are asking for experiences from the past 12 months.
With the new push for the general public to use their local pharmacy or the 111 telephone service for information and advice, using Accident & Emergency (A&E) only when really necessary, Healthwatch Hampshire are keen to find out what experience people have had of accessing these valuable services. The team will also be travelling across Hampshire to gather the public’s feedback. The public will also be able to visit their Hampshire local Citizens Advice Centre to fill in a printed version of the survey.
Please can you complete this survey and share with anyone you know that live in Hampshire - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HWHSelfCare
Stay Well This Winter
The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help people with long-term health conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.
Winter can be seriously bad for the health of these people, increasing the risk of blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:
- At the first sign of a cough or cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious
- Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter
- Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays
- It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
- Make sure you get your flu jab
- If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk
- The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter. For more information: Visit: nhs.uk/staywell
Further advice about staying safe and well in winter is available from the Healthy Surrey website:
One day dementia course for the public
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Use POWeR to help you lose weight - new free online tool launched
A new, easy to use online tool has been launched in Hampshire to help anyone struggling to shift the pounds.
POWeR has been developed by experts at Southampton University and Hampshire County Council is now making this available, free of charge to Hampshire adults with a BMI 25+.
During trials, POWeR helped a number of people to lose weight. It enables you to become your own personal health coach, providing new tools to use each week. It supports you to work out which of these tools fit with your lifestyle and helps you to build healthy eating and physical activity into your routine. This means that you not only lose weight, but maintain a healthy weight going forward.
Anyone over the age of 18 can access POWeR for 12 months once they have registered for the programme. This is easy and quick to do by visiting the POWeR website.
In addition to POWeR, Hampshire County Council offers a 12 week free Weight Watchers programme to any adult with a Body Mass Index of 30+.
Work out your BMI using NHS Choices BMI checker.
Did you know that you can access a 12 week sensible eating programme with on line assistance and recipe ideas HERE
That there is a huge amount of information on self care under the self-care tab which you can access HERE
That there are fab tips for the whole family on healthy eating, hidden sugars and exercise ideas for kids HERE at Change for Life
The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You can find more information here.
Information on Alcohol awareness HERE with the Don’t bottle it up campaign
And finally quit 4 life smoking advice HERE
Would You Like to be Part of NHS ENGLAND’S YOUNG CARER HEALTH CHAMPIONS PROGRAMME?
If you are a Young Carer, aged 16 – 24 and would like the opportunity to have a say in how we develop health services for young carers; want to help provide support to your peers and develop your own skills - then volunteer to become a Health Champion. Please contact the surgery to register your interest.
Rushmoor Volentary Services
To see what's on click here.
For the latest Annual Report from Healthwatch Hampshire click here.
Please find the latest Healthwatch Hampshire Newsletter here
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have created the STEER course, in partnership with the British Geriatrics Society and local health professionals.The aim is to provide the targeted +65’s attendees with the tools to help them be happy, healthy and remain in their home safely. The course builds confidence, reduces the risk of a fall occurring, and increases engagement in community activities.
For more info click here.
The Recovery College offers educational courses and workshops aimed at anyone who uses health services or cares for someone who does. Anyone aged 18 or over can attend a course, and most are free of charge.
You can download the latest prospectus from here and the timetable from here
For the enrolment form, click here.
You will see in the prospectus the courses are wideranging and varied. They cover physical and mental health, social health, prevention and self-care through lifestyle changes (including nutrition, exercise, smoking,alcohol). You do not have to be unwell to benefit from a particular course.
For more information about the Recovery College, please contact:
NE Hants & Farnham Recovery College Theta, Lyon Way, Frimley, Camberley, GU16 7ER Tel: 07920 207046 or 01276 605542 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.happyhealthyathome.org
Please see the latest Healthy Happy at Home Newsletter here
For information on the Farnborough Carers Hub, click FarnboroughHUB.pdf