The Stockport People 2017

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The Stockport People -  November 2017

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Prepare for winter: stock your medicine cabinet! 

If you become ill or have a minor accident or injury you can often treat yourself at home straight away as long as your medicine cabinet is properly stocked.

Make sure you have these essentials at hand over the festive break in case your local pharmacy is closed:

  • Thermometer
  • Painkillers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • Plasters and sterile dressings
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antacids
  • Scissors
  • Distilled water (for cleaning wounds or use as an eye bath)

Make sure you have enough of your regular medicines to see you through the Christmas and New Year holidays by mid- December. Don’t wait until the last minute – ask your GP surgery in plenty of time!

Also remember to check if your nearest pharmacy is open during the holidays. We have a list of pharmacy opening hours during the festive period.

People are urged to only go to A&E if it is an emergency. Non-emergency patients are likely to have a long wait and could be taking busy staff away from caring for patients who need emergency or life-saving care.

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Flu 2017

Have you had your flu jab?

Health experts are predicting a bad flu season following the worse outbreak of flu in Australia in years. It's now more important than ever that Stockport residents who are eligible for a free vaccination receive it.

For some ‘at-risk’ groups, such as those aged 65 and over, expectant mums or those with an underlying medical condition, the flu virus can result in hospitalisation and be life threatening.

To further reduce the spread of flu, the vaccine is also given free as a nasal spray to children aged two and three and children in reception class and year 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Contact your GP or Pharmacist to book your free flu jab. 

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Feeling a little under the weather?

It's important to look after yourself, especially during the winter, as the cold weather can be seriously bad for your health.

If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist - find the one near you.

Only a small number of pharmacies will be open with extended hours across Stockport during the festive period - view the full list here.

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Christmas Drinking

Alcohol safety over the festive period

The festivities are almost here, so many of us will be drinking and eating more than normal – in fact on average people put on an extra five pounds over the holiday period. 

Why not quench your thirst with a soft drink first and save the alcohol for later? Try having a soft drink every so often during your night out and if you’re on spirits make it last longer by topping it up with a low calorie mixer or turning your glass of wine into a spritzer.

After the decorations are all down, if you decide you want a healthier lifestyle but need a bit of help to change, then call the START team on 0161 474 3141 or email at

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Look out for others

Look out for others 

Check up on friends, relatives and your neighbours who may be more vulnerable to cold weather.

It’s a particularly dangerous time of year for the elderly or people with serious illnesses so check up on them if you can.

So if you are caring for, or visiting, an elderly relative and they seem a little unwell please seek advice from your local pharmacist and potentially prevent a minor illness from becoming a serious one.

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Useful Contacts During the Holidays

NHS 111 'when you need urgent medical help but its not life threatening'.

Stockport Without Abuse 0161 477 4271. It offers support, advice and accommodation to women and children that have been affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Samaritans 0161 432 1221 or free on 116 123. It offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

Shelter 0344 515 1640. It helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. 

Age UK 0161 480 1211. It helps older people maintain their independence and quality of life at home.

Wellspring 0161 477 6344. It provides services to homeless and disadvantaged people 365 days a year.

Drinkline 0300 123 1110. It's a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else's.

Signpost for Carers 0161 442 0442. It provides support to unpaid Carers in Stockport.

The Sanctuary 0300 003 7029. It provides support to adults who are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis.

The Prevention Alliance 0161 474 1042. It works with people who live in Stockport who want to make changes but perhaps don’t know where to start, for example, improving independence, health and wellbeing.