Older people urged not to store up health problems if “feeling under the weather” this winter
A national NHS campaign has been launched to encourage
the over 60s to seek advice early from their local pharmacist
if they are 'feeling under the weather'.
Every year the NHS sees a huge increase in numbers of
emergency admissions to hospital over the colder months. Older
people are urged to nip health problems in the bud by seeking
early advice from their local pharmacist.
Every winter, doctors and nurses see a big increase in
the number of older and frail people who are admitted to
hospital because of respiratory or other chronic conditions usually
worsened by immobility, the cold and other viral illnesses.
Older people often don't seek advice for wheezes, coughs and
sneezes because they don't think it's serious enough and they don't
want to waste anyone's time. We want to get the message across that
local pharmacists are highly-trained and will be pleased to give
We would urge older people and those looking after them to seek
advice while symptoms are still in the early stages. Nipping
problem in the bud often means there won't be serious problems
Pharmacies have long opening hours, you don't need an
appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a
good first port of call.
Feeling Under The Weather posters will be on bill boards,
bus stops, shopping centres and supermarkets. Adverts are
also being run in national newspapers, magazines and range of
websites, as well as on commercial radio stations.
Click here http://www.nhs.uk/asap
for all 'Feeling under the weather' advice.