NHS wishing people a 'Quacking' Christmas

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People in Derby are going quackers for a new NHS campaign to help people stay well during winter.

For the first time all NHS and public sector organisations have come together for a national campaign called Stay Well, which aims to provide people with help and advice on keeping themselves fit and healthy during winter and out of hospital.

As part of the campaign NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, which plans and buys services for more than 540,000 patients in the south of the county is promoting all the services available to people including Derby Urgent Care Centre (DUCC) on Osmaston Road.

To get the advice to as many people as possible the CCG has a kiosk in the Intu Centre for two weeks until Sunday, December 13. As well as answering a few questions people visiting the kiosk can speak to staff from their local NHS, get a health check when available and take home their own rubber duck if they share their photos with the larger than life NHS duck on our Facebook page, Stay Well Derbyshire. Those with the most likes and shares will be in with a chance of being one of the four winners on Sunday, December 20 who will receive £50 worth of Intu vouchers. 

Dr Paul Wood, GP Lead for Urgent Care for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term conditions. We wanted a fun way to help people understand how they can protect themselves from getting ill during winter and know where the best place is for them to get help should they need it. 

“We are fortunate in Southern Derbyshire to have the Derby Urgent Care Centre and the Minor Injury Units which are open late and can offer people treatment should they have a minor illness or injury including infections, vomiting and stomach aches, which can't wait until their GP surgery is open.”

This winter all local NHS organisations including NHS Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Derby Mental Health Trust, East Midlands Ambulance Service are working together on the Stay Well campaign as well as Derby City Council.  A website www.NHSStaywellDerbyshire.co.uk has been set up to give people one place to get all the information on staying well this winter as well as allowing them to search by their postcode for services local to them.

Dr Wood, added: “Many people are aware that winter is a busy time of year for all parts of the health service. These fun ways of letting people find out and remember all the places they can go to get treated this winter may help even one more person to get the right treatment in the right place. We all need to work together and preparing for this busy time of year involves a lot of work across the health services and it will continue.” 

For information about all the service available to you please visit www.NHSStaywellDerbyshire.co.uk

NHS wishing people a 'Quacking' Christmas