Our gritters will be going out from 6pm tonight (7pm in Norwich) on all usual county gritting routes. We grit around a third of Norfolk’s roads, including all A and B-class roads, and Highways England grit the A11, A47 and A12. However, this means that many more minor routes are not gritted and even gritted routes may not have the same grip as a normal, non-icy road, so allow more time if you’re making any journeys overnight or tomorrow morning and take extra care.
We’ve had subzero temperatures for a number of nights on the trot now, and the days haven’t been exactly balmy, so please remember to check on any older or vulnerable people in your life who may struggle during colder weather. This one-minute video suggests some simple things you can do to help keep someone who is vulnerable safe and well this winter.
Help yourself and your loved ones stay well – and help the NHS at what is a very busy for them – by making sure you have the right medicines and other supplies to see you through the Christmas and New Year period.
Those who take regular medication should make sure they have ordered enough to last through the holiday period or ask their GP practice for a new prescription.
Most pharmacies will be open between Christmas and New Year and some will be open on the bank holidays, including Christmas Day. Pharmacists can provide advice, over-the-counter medicines and fulfil repeat prescriptions. Find out which Norfolk pharmacies are open on bank holidays here.
It’s also important to make sure your medicine cabinet or kit contains all the essential items, such as:
painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, including versions for children (if there are any children in the house)
over-the-counter cough, cold, flu and indigestion remedies
Do you know an older person in the Wymondam, Diss and Great Yarmouth areas who might find winter particularly difficult and is at risk of having a fall? If so, please tell them about these upcoming events where they can get a brand new pair of slip-resistant slippers for free and find out about other support and advice to help keep them warm and well.
Hard on the heels of previous successful events in the county, selected Norfolk County Council libraries are hosting more Slipper Swaps – where older people can trade their old slippers for a new pair. The events are being organised in partnership with Norfolk County Council Public Health’s Healthy Communities team.
Falls are the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over. Falls are also the main cause of disability and the leading cause of death from injury among people aged over 75 and cost Norfolk an estimated £19 million every year.
The Slipper Swaps will be taking place at three libraries on the following dates:
Wednesday 17 December
10am – 12pm
Friday 19 December
10am – 12pm
Thursday 8 January
10am – 12pm
Great Yarmouth Library
While waiting for slippers to be fitted, visitors can pick up free room thermometers and information leaflets from the countywide Warm and Well campaign and learn about falls prevention. The events are a chance to find out about free services like NHS Health Checks and Norfolk’s one-to-one Health Trainer service, and how to become a Dementia Friend.
For those who don’t live locally to these events or can’t get along on the day, there’s still lots of information available to help older and more vulnerable people through the winter. The County Council’s Warm and Well launched today and has support and advice covering personal health, home heating, energy saving and insulation, and financial grants. Find out more at: www.norfolk.gov.uk/warmandwell or call 0344 800 8020.
People coughing and spluttering on the bus? Sneezing down the phone? Sharing tales of their ailments in the queue at the shop? Ah, was there ever a truer signthatwinter‘s approaching.
Pharmacists are able to offer free professional advice. Credit iPocrates.
If you or someone you know is feeling unwell, you want to do whatever you can to get better as quickly as possible.
Very often the quickest and easiest way to get advice and appropriate treatment is to contact your local high street pharmacy, as NHS Norfolk explains…
This week is Ask Your Pharmacist Week, a national drive by the National Pharmacy Association to raise awareness of what pharmacies have to offer. Many people turn to their GP out of habit when they’re feeling ill, but often a trip to the pharmacy would be every bit as helpful and get you on the road to recovery.