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Public Health Isle of Man focuses on improving winter health

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Stay well this winter by taking the most effective steps to maintaining good health.

The 2020 Winter Health campaign has been launched by Public Health Isle of Man, covering simple measures we can all take to remain well and protect vulnerable members of our community in the process.

A dedicated web page, Winter health, is available and features information and guidance on a range of topics, including:

  • The flu vaccine
  • Respiratory and hand hygiene to protect against viruses and bacteria
  • Staying active
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Making better use of your local pharmacist for over-the-counter remedies
  • Considering a vitamin D supplement during the darker months
  • When to contact your GP and what’s new when booking appointments

Guidance documents, posters and other messages will also be available around the Island at pharmacies, GP surgeries and many public buildings encouraging vigilance and self-care.

Director of Public Health Dr Henrietta Ewart said:

‘It’s important for us all to know what we can do to keep well during the winter months. The Winter Health campaign provides information on measures you can take to reduce the spread of respiratory and other infections, and to improve health, as well as who to contact for guidance both before and during illness.

‘We are working alongside the ambulance service, pharmacists and GP practices to ensure the public are getting the full picture through their journey to good health.

‘With the flu season now starting, our main priority is to prevent the spread of viruses and cut down on hospital admissions in order to provide a better overall health service for the wider public.’

Pharmaceutical Adviser Maria Bell added:

‘Local pharmacies offer a wide variety of remedies for minor ailments, from the common cold to a toothache. There are several over-the-counter medicines that will help keep you well this winter and ensure you have the right remedy if you do start to feel unwell.

‘We want to remind the public that pharmacies are accessible throughout the day to help in any way, including giving advice on whether you need to see a doctor.’

Family Practitioners Manager Annemarie Cubbon said:

‘Anyone who rings their GP may notice changes in the way a call is dealt with, and they could be asked a series of questions before they are able to make an appointment. These changes are designed to keep people safe and were introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year.

‘Our focus, as always, remains fixed firmly on delivering high quality care and making sure that patients are seen by the right person at the right time.’