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County council release winter health advice videos

Hertfordshire County Council has put together a series of short videos to advise people on how to stay healthy this winter.

The public health department released the clips with help from local pharmacists and doctors so its residents could "stay well this winter".

Pharmacist Graham Phillips said: "One of the things we know about the great British public is that they tend to wait and wait, and ignore symptoms until they get more serious.

"The result is that damage can be done, for example diabetes or blood pressure problems.

"If you’ve got any symptoms at all you are concerned about, even if they seem trivial, go and have a chat with your pharmacist."

There has been a national rise in deaths over the winter period, which certain professionals claim is down to faulty flu jabs.

In order to keep healthiness on the up, the council hopes this campaign will raise awareness and get people to "live healthy, happy lives".

Richard Pile, a GP from St Albans, encourages the public to only use Accident and Emergency (A&E) services if it is a real emergency, but instead call 111.

Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, said: "We want our residents to live healthy, happy lives.

"These videos show you the sort of help and advice you can get without going to A&E.

"It is not about preventing those that need urgent care from going to hospital, but to help those that are most vulnerable to falling seriously ill with winter ailments avoid needing hospital treatment by providing simple advice to protect them.” 

For more information on winter health and other health initiatives visit www.hertsdirect.org/healthinherts.

Written by Isaac Ouro

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