Stay well this winter roadshows come to Sandwell and West Birmingham

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Sandwell and West Birmingham residents can benefit from expert NHS advice and support to stay well this winter at a series of roadshows taking place from 29 October – 1 November.

The roadshows, which are being run by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are being held at:

  • Monday 29 October – Wednesbury Leisure Centre, High Bullen, Wednesbury, WS10 7HP (10am – 4pm).
  • Tuesday 30 October – Handsworth Library, Soho Rd, Birmingham, B21 9DP (10am – 4pm).
  • Thursday 1 November – Central Library, 316 High St, West Bromwich, B70 8DZ (10.30am – 3.30pm).

Health professionals will be on hand to offer key advice on staying healthy in the cold weather and where to go for the right treatment should they fall ill.

People with long-term illnesses such as diabetes, or heart or respiratory conditions like asthma, and the over-65s can be affected by colder weather and need to ensure they spot early signs of illness and treat it straightaway.

Friends, family and neighbours are also being asked to play their part by offering extra help during the winter to older people and those with disabilities or health issues in Sandwell and West Birmingham.

Dr Nick Harding, Chair at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

“We are looking forward to meeting local people in our communities and helping them to stay well this winter. While it is inevitable that some people will get sick at this time of year, there are plenty of steps that all of us can take to make sure we keep well over the winter months.

“A large range of common winter illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. It’s important that we all have a well-stocked medicine cabinet so we can look after ourselves over the cold winter period. If people feel that they do need help then it’s important to make the most appropriate use of NHS services including local pharmacists.

“We urge everyone who's eligible for a free flu jab to ensure they get this vital protection. It’s also important that people wrap up and stay warm – both outdoors and at home – and that they heat their house to at least 18 degrees.

“Wearing layers of clothing will help, as well as keeping bedroom windows closed at night to prevent the risk of chest infections."