Willingham Medical Practice

We hope you all had a Happy Christmas and New Year holiday. Staff and doctors would like to say a big thank you for your greetings cards and gifts at Christmas. Your kind words and the lovely goodies are very much appreciated. Thank you also to all who donated raffle prizes or bought our Lucky Squares in aid of MAGPAS and a special thanks to Andy and Mary Coe who once again donated a splendid Christmas tree.

New Years Resolutions
Would you like help and support to give up smoking or to lose weight? Ring the surgery for details.

Top tips for keeping warm and well this winter:
Set your heating to the right temperature (between 18-21C or 64-70F) and you can keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible.

You can help keep warm and stave off winter illnesses by eating well. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep your food cupboards stocked up.

Moderate exercise can also help. Try to move around at least once an hour.

Dress for the weather by wearing plenty of layers – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and help to maintain body heat.

Get a free flu jab to protect against seasonal flu if you are over 65, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant. Just ring the surgery for an appointment.

There are many grants, benefits and other sources of advice that are available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. Take advice on what you can claim. Visit www.direct.gov.uk

On cold days try to avoid going outside; however if you do need to, remember to wrap up warm and wear a hat, scarf and gloves and sensible footwear.

And it’s important for all of us to remember the needs of friends, elderly relatives and neighbours who could be at risk by:

  • Checking on them to make sure they are safe and well.
  • Making sure they are warm enough especially at night.
  • Check they have a good stock of food and medicines.

Are you a Carer? Ring the surgery for advice on the help available to you..

Child Health Clinics
There will be a change to the Health Visitor Clinics at Willingham Surgery. These will be every 4th Tuesday of the month from 2-4pm. Ring Wendy Nice on 01954 781855 to book an appointment.

Loan items
If you still have any of the surgery loan items such as blood pressure machines please could you return them to the surgery so others can benefit. Please accept our belated thank you to the family and friends of Eileen Marchant for their kind donations in her memory to the Surgery Equipment Fund.

Cynthia Bidwell – Practice Manager Willingham

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