QPR are asking fans to support another special team – the NHS!
Players, legends and supporters of QPR have come together to take part in ‘R NHS’, a special new campaign that uses the power of football to educate the public on how to choose the correct NHS services.
R NHS sees players from QPR’s senior, academy, women’s and Tiger Cubs teams all join forces to take part in a series of creative videos, which will be shared on the club’s social media feeds over the weeks ahead. From first-team stars Joe Lumley and Ebere Eze taking aim at NHS-themed targets on the training field, through to club legend Andy Sinton testing his acting skills, this is a campaign with a difference.
It will be launched at tomorrow’s SkyBet EFL Championship clash against Birmingham City with NHS colleagues meeting supporters in the match day Fan Zone and leading the teams onto the pitch.
An Important Message
Whilst R NHS uses humour and creativity, it also has a serious message too. In London alone, more than half-a-million people visited A&E last year who could have been treated elsewhere.
The campaign highlights how, by choosing the right services, people can save themselves time and inconvenience too. It explains that A&E is only there for serious and life-threatening emergencies. The average waiting time at local A&E departments is the equivalent of three full games of football. If people choose to visit their local walk-in centre or urgent care centre for injuries or illness that need prompt treatment but aren’t life-threatening they can usually be seen by half time!
R NHS also celebrates the important service that pharmacies offer in providing advice and treatment for everyday conditions, such as colds, sore throats and skin conditions.
The campaign has been developed by QPR in the Community Trust, in partnership with NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG, West London Health Partnership (who also generously funded the programme), Healthwatch CWL and the Community Champions.
On Our Team
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community, said: “QPR and its charitable arm, QPR Community Trust, are delighted to be supporting H&F CCG and the NHS through the R NHS campaign. QPR is a club that is committed to working with the community to help improve the quality of life for those in our local neighbourhoods.
"The R NHS campaign is addressing an important issue within public health, and hopefully through our players, staff, fans and partners we can get the correct information to those in the community who need it most.”
Ebere Eze said: “I am really proud to be part of the R NHS campaign. Everybody knows how important the NHS is, so we were keen to give it our full support.
"I hope that the supporters enjoy watching the videos as much as we enjoyed making them. I’d love to see all the QPR fans getting behind the campaign, by sharing the videos and learning how to choose the right NHS services.”
Paul Skinner, from NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG, added: “It has been an incredible opportunity to team up with QPR on this campaign. By working with the club, we have the opportunity to reach many people and share some very important messages.
"By raising awareness of the excellent services provided by local pharmacies, walk-in centres and urgent care centres, as well as the 111 helplines, we’re able to help people to understand that visiting A&E isn’t always the answer. We hope that the campaign inspires and informs many people. We’d like to thank QPR in the Community Trust and West London Health Partnership for their incredible support in making this happen.”
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