Derby DUCC Duck and Ella Bolton

There’s no need to wing it if you get ill or injured this winter – get info on the best way to get help from the NHS at Derby’s Intu Centre.

A NHS duck – used to promote Derby Urgent Care Centre (DUCC) and other treatment facilities including minor injury units, GP and pharmacy services – is working alongside staff at an information kiosk outside Sainsbury’s until this Sunday (13 Dec).

People paying a visit can find out about local NHS services, get a health check when available, and take home a rubber duck if they have a photo taken with the larger-than-life NHS duck. By sharing it on the ‘Stay Well Derbyshire’ facebook page and getting likes and shares there’s a chance to be one of four winners to receive £50 worth of Intu vouchers on Sunday 20 December. 

This year all NHS and public sector organisations have come together for the national ‘Stay Well’ awareness campaign, to help people keep fit and healthy during winter and out of hospital.

The kiosk has been organised as part of this by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which plans and buys services for more than 540,000 patients in the south of the county.

Dr Paul Wood, GP Lead for Urgent Care for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “If you visit our kiosk you can find out really important information in a fun way.

“We want to help people protect themselves from getting ill during winter and know where the best place to go for help is if they should they need it. 

“We’re fortunate to have the Derby Urgent Care Centre and minor injury units which are open late and can offer people treatment if they have minor illnesses or injuries including infections, or vomiting and stomach aches, which can't wait until GP surgeries are open.”

Local NHS organisations involved in the ‘Stay Well’ campaign include NHS Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Derby Mental Health Trust,  East Midlands Ambulance Service and Derby City Council. 

A dedicated website www.NHSStaywellDerbyshire.co.uk acts as a one-stop shop for information and has a postcode search option to find out all about health services local to you.

Dr Wood added: “We want everyone to get the right treatment in the right place at the right time so people can be happy and healthy this winter.

“It’s really easy to pick up information at our kiosk so pop along while you’re out and about and help us to help you.”

NO SLIP UPS: The duck pays a flying visit to Derby’s ice rink, where he met Ella Bolton, three, and made sure people were confident about how to look after their health and where to get NHS help this winter.