Our schools are now back in full swing, it’s getting colder and dark nights are kicking in as we head into the cough, cold and flu season. Now is the right time for you to start filling up your medicines cabinet and buying the medicines that will help ease the symptoms of coughs, sore throat, nasal congestion / runny nose and fevers (high temperature).
Coughs and the common cold that start to become a nuisance at this time of year are caused by a viral infection in the upper airways, sinuses, throat, and nose. Although unpleasant, it is generally not a cause for concern. In the vast majority of cases, despite feeling unwell a cough or cold is a self-limiting condition. This means it gets better on its own without requiring any treatment.
We’ve had a fabulous Summer, there is no denying that, however as it starts to get colder and we edge closer to winter, it’s time to remember to get your flu jab. Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. A bout of flu is more serious and can be much worse than a heavy cold. Symptoms of flu include fever, chills, extreme tiredness, headaches, aches and pains in the joints and muscles.
The Mechanics Institute in Wentworth will be hosting an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening clinic for men aged 65 and above on Friday 31 August.
We’re nearly two weeks into the New Year, but we’re seeing the same old viruses doing the rounds, at a time when our local health services are at their busiest and most vulnerable. In Rotherham, we are seeing an increase in Norovirus – diarrhoea and vomiting bug which spreads easily through our communities at this time of year.
LOCAL people are being urged to choose the right care for their symptoms, helping health services to help them to stay well and treat those most in need as health services go through an extremely busy time.
The weather is getting colder as we head into winter and near the festive season. Inevitably this means that our local health services will begin to experience extreme pressure. I hear from patients all the time that what they need is an appointment with their family doctor (GP) when they want it, as the workload of our family doctors increases there are other options. As a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor in Rotherham for over 30 years, I often ask the question – Do you really need to see a doctor, or could you see your practice nurse?