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Keep Well this Christmas

It’s hard to believe that we’re fast approaching the end of another year. With the festive holidays upon us, the PCC’s Interim Chief Executive, Glynis Henry has a few words for everyone about keeping well this Christmas…

For many, the festive period is a time to rest, relax and recharge the batteries.  Many of us relish the opportunity to catch up with our friends and our families, especially those that we don’t get to see as often as we’d like.  Then, of course, there is the joy of exchanging gifts.  These Christmas traditions often represent a welcome break from the stresses and strains of daily life that we experience throughout the year.

Over the holidays it is important that we look after our physical and mental health and that of those around us.  There are some simple steps you can take to do this:

  1. Make sure you have enough prescription medication to cover you over the bank holidays. Why not find out the opening times of your local pharmacy?
  2. Call in with older neighbours, friends or family members to check if they are well.
  3. Reduce your risk of getting food poisoning by following some seasonal food safety tips:,-Diet-and-Health/Seasonal-Features/Christmas-tips-and-advice/12-tips-for-a-healthier-Christmas.aspx
  4. If you do become unwell over the festive period, make sure you use the most appropriate service. You can find more information on this here:

As we fast approach 2019 it is timely to reflect on the work of the Patient and Client Council over the past year and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your involvement in our health and social care services.   By sharing your experiences, by making your voice heard, you are making a difference.

This is our last blog for 2018 and we will return again with a new blog from Friday 11th January 2019.  Our offices will be closed on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December, and again on Tuesday 1st January 2019.

From all of us here at the Patient and Client Council we wish you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Dr Glynis Henry CBE
Interim Chief Executive
Patient and Client Council


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patrick john Toms 23-Dec-2018 at 15:06 hrs

It is obviously and important subject that effects us all,I will peruse this print out and see how things are going.


Doctor Rosaleen Rogers 21-Dec-2018 at 17:18 hrs

A huge thank you for remembering to send a word of encouragement especially to older folk like myself. Having seen the NHS staff working so hard for such long hours on such poor outdated pay I pray that 2019 will be more generous with reference to conditions for Doctors, nurses and all who try so hard to maintain the quality of life that many can only dream of in those far off places.
Surviving Prisoner of War from Ireland`s Emergency Powers 1939