Health staff urging people to keep calm

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Hospital staff are backing a regional campaign encouraging residents to ‘keep calm’ and look after themselves well this winter.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, along with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for Northumberland, is reminding people that many winter ailments can be treated at home without the need to visit a doctor or nurse.

In a series of short online videos, staff explain how to care for coughs and colds as well as how to stop the spread of the common winter vomiting bug known as norovirus.

Clinical director Dr Jane Weatherstone said: “During the winter months, the demand for NHS services increases significantly and it’s really important that A&E teams are able to quickly see patients who are critically ill with serious life-threatening emergencies.

“Things like diarrhoea and vomiting, colds and flu are all unpleasant but for the majority of normally fit and healthy people, these illnesses can be treated at home with rest, plenty of fluids and some over the counter medication from your pharmacist.

“If you are suffering from a winter illness and your symptoms are getting worse, then you should call NHS 111 or your local GP surgery for advice.”