Coronavirus column: Director of Public Health Julie Webster

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By now, I don’t need to tell you that dealing with Coronavirus brings with it, immense challenges for all of us.

We are all feeling the effects of the pandemic and the necessary changes it has made to our daily lives.

While we adjust to a ‘new normal’, it’s also important to think about general wellbeing – not just relating to COVID-19.

While staying home is the best thing we can all do right now to face this crisis, it’s crucial that we take care of other aspects of our health too.

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During this unsettling time, it might be easy to put that niggling health worry to the back of your mind, to ignore that vital screening or miss a few doses of medication – as there are seemingly ‘more important things going on’.

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But the reality is, while the Coronavirus is a pressing issue in all our lives right now – our individual health and wellbeing matters too. If you’re worrying about your health, you can:

• Use NHS 111 online service to run through your symptoms and for general advice: https://111.nhs.uk/

• You can also follow Stay Well Wirral on Facebook and Twitter for tips and resources on mental wellbeing, physical activity and sleep.

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• In Wirral, GPs are still operating but many of them are using a teletriage service.

GP practices are limiting the number of patients in their buildings for both patient and staff protection.

Please do not attend your GP practice unless advised to do so by practice staff.

For more information on local health services, visit: www.wirralccg.nhs.uk/news

• The Health at Home webpage has information letting you know how best to; contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions, manage long-term conditions, maintain your mental and physical wellbeing.

Last week the Government also launched the ‘Looking Out For Each Other’ campaign focusing on the small things members of the public can all do to help each other during the pandemic.

The campaign provides practical guidance about how everyday tasks, like running errands or simply staying in touch, can be done safely. To find out more, click here.

Julie Webster will be writing for the Globe every week during the coronavirus lockdown.

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