This group of children had the right idea. Wrap up warm and keep away those winter chills and illnesses. The photograph was used to launch NHS Forth Valley’s winter campaign, which also includes a new radio advert on Central FM advising people to think twice before heading for the Emergency Department with minor illnesses and injuries. The Communications Department are also using social media and local media to remind people to make use of their local GP, pharmacies and the minor injuries services to avoid putting extra pressure on the Emergency Department at this busy time of year.
Additional medical, nursing staff and AHPs have been working in hospitals and in the community to provide healthcare treatment and support. Extra contingency beds are also available, if required, at Forth Valley Royal Hospital and our local community hospitals.
Meanwhile our immunisation teams have been busy vaccinating 24,000 primary school children across Forth Valley. And remember, if you haven’t had your flu jab, it’s still not too late as the Occupational Health Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital will be continuing to provide drop-in vaccination clinics over the next few months. There are already reports showing that the flu is starting to take its toll so help protect yourself, your family and your patients this winter by getting the free vaccine. For details of drop-in staff flu clinics please see the staff intranet.