The ‘stay well this winter’ bus will roll into Birmingham this week! Street health advisors will be on board to provide tips to passing shoppers on how to look after themselves when the temperature drops.
An old-fashioned red bus will call at three locations across the city (Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Friday 11 December) and has been organised by NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which buys health services for people across the city.
The health advisors will be encouraging shoppers and passers-by to spare a couple of minutes and hop on board during the bus’s visits to Erdington High Street on Friday, Northfield High Street on Saturday and finally at the Bull Ring markets the following Friday (11 December). The bus will be at its stops between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
Local people are being encouraged to get on board and learn how to stay well and look after themselves, as the festive season approaches and the weather gets that bit colder. We will be also giving away ‘stay well’ tissues, sanitizer sprays and pens, along with leaflets giving information about staying well this winter and NHS 111.
Once on the bus, people will be able to get advice about:
- The flu jab
- Eating well during the colder months
- The importance of staying warm
- Medicine cabinet and first aid kit essentials
- How your local pharmacy can help if you feel unwell
- Being aware of alternatives to A&E and calling 999, such as contacting NHS 111
- Getting good advice from the NHS website
Dr Barbara King, a GP in Northfield and Clinical Accountable Officer at the CCG said: “It’s really important that local Birmingham people know what to do in order to stay well this winter.
“We’re here to provide people with simple, practical health advice that is easy to act on and remember. The bus is there for people to come on board and get some advice to help keep them, their families and friends, warm and well over the winter.”