WHILE we have been enjoying the recent good weather (with a thunder storm thrown in here and there!), it’s hard to imagine that autumn is around the corner.
But in the world of the NHS we are always planning ahead, and so we are already putting the final touches to our winter plan to support you and your families as safe.
Every winter brings its challenges, with the increase in viruses circulating such as flu and norovirus.
However, this winter we also have the added pressure and challenges of coronavirus, a virus we are still learning about.
While there is still uncertainty ahead, we can all do our bit to stay safe.
Social distancing, face coverings, regular and thorough hand washing and avoiding crowded places will continue to play an important role in protecting each other and supporting health and social care.
Like our partner NHS organisations, here at Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we’ve been busy planning our staff flu vaccine campaign for 2020 and we endeavour to protect as many of our workforce as possible.
In doing so, we protect them, their families and the people we see and treat every day.
You can play your part too, by getting your flu vaccine.
The NHS flu programme is being rolled out soon, so be sure to arrange your flu vaccine this year, whether through your GP, place of work or your local pharmacy, as it’s the most effective way to protect yourself and others from flu.
A number of pharmacies are already taking advanced bookings – be one of the first in line and book yours today.
Protecting those around us is key and will be all the more important this winter.
The months we have spent in lockdown, unable to visit loved ones, has played a huge part in protecting others – particularly those most vulnerable.
We’ve come incredibly far – so why stop now?
Please continue to protect others and the NHS this winter by having your flu vaccine.
Together, we can make a real difference and help to protect those most vulnerable.
To round up this week’s column I wanted to let you know that over the coming weeks the services that we had to pause during the pandemic will be back up and running, albeit in a slightly different way.
We’ll be sharing more information about our plans so keep an eye out for updates in this column, on our website (www.wchc.nhs.uk) and via our Twitter (@wchc_nhs) and Facebook (@nhsbuzz) pages.