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 ambassador Andy Sinton testing his acting skills, this is a campaign with a difference.
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.
It's important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. 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.
Top tips for keeping well
- Get your flu jab - you are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, are aged 65 years or over, have a long-term health condition or are a carer.
- Stay warm – wear layers of light clothes and heat your home to at least 18c.
- Be prepared – Ask your pharmacist what should be in your medicine cabinet to help get you and your family through the winter season.
- Catch it. Kill it. Bin it. - Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours. Wash your hands regularly.
- Manage winter symptoms at home – Rest, drink plenty of fluids, try to have at least one hot meal a day to keep your energy levels up and use over the counter medications.
For more information on staying well click HERE.
Need to see a healthcare professional? Your NHS services in Hammersmith & Fulham
We’re here to help you access the right services when you need them, and to help you take greater care of your own health so that you and your family can live healthier lives.
Find local services by clicking HERE.
If you have concerns about your mental health; are stressed, anxious, depressed, struggling to sleep and more, there are many psychological therapies available to help you. Speak to your GP or contact Back on Track, a free NHS service which can help you to manage stress and lift your mood.
For help in a mental health crisis, call West London NHS Trust on 0300 1234 244, 24 hours a day.
Help in a hurry
If you need help fast but it’s not life threatening, call 111 and speak to a fully trained adviser.
The NHS 111 service is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of fully trained advisers. They will ask questions to assess your symptoms and, depending on the situation, will then:
- give you self-care advice
- connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or GP
- book you a face-to-face appointment
- send an ambulance directly, if necessary
- direct you to the local service that can help you best with your concern
Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who are the right people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines for a wide range of minor health concerns.
Seeing your GP out of hours
There are GP services open to all patients in the borough running 7 days. You can book an appointment from your own practice with a GP at one of three practices across the borough in the evening or at the weekend. Speak to your practice reception for more details.
Getting involved with NHS Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
If you are interested in getting involved with your local CCG, you could join our bi-monthly Patient Reference Group, or tell us what areas of healthcare interest you by clicking HERE.
You can also follow us on Twitter: @NHSHFCCG
Getting involved with Healthwatch Central West London
When you have a health issue, do you know where to go? What was your experience? Your feedback is important to improve healthcare. Share your story with Healthwatch Central West London by clicking HERE.