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How do we all handle the winter months? Your NHS wants to know what you think

On 25th January 2018, NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be out across St Helens for Talkfest, a day dedicated to talking to people about the pressures our local health system faces over the colder months and how we can help not only ourselves but also others. Topics covered across this day include;

-          A well-stocked medicine cabinet will have you fighting symptoms as soon as they start

-          Antibiotics are not the 'cure all' people think they are and so probably won't help with a sore throat

-          You don't have to wait to see your GP.  The free NHS 111 phone service, run by North West Ambulance Service, or your local community pharmacist should be your first point of call if you're unsure about a medical condition.  They will advise you on what you need to do, or the NHS service you should see.

Talkfest will end with a Question Time debate at St Helens College, where people will be able to ask questions of a panel of local health experts about winter.

Organisations involved in the day; St Helens College, Cowley International College, Rainhill High School, Pilkington’s Glass Offices, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Healthy Living groups and classes and Hippodrome Bingo Centre.

The CCG is also linked in with other local organisations to share messages and raise awareness of winter pressures, providing advice on how we can all help to keep the NHS working well in the winter months.

How you can join the conversation

What:  Question time style debate to discuss the winter issues facing St Helens. There will be expert panellists from urgent care, pharmacy, GPs and the voluntary sector. 

When: Thursday 25th of January 2017 

Time: 5pm-6.30pm (5pm-5.30pm registration, debate goes live at 5.30pm-6.30pm).

Where: St Helens College, Water Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PP

How: You can register for the event here or come along on the day.

 If you can't make the event, but would still like to pose a question to our panel, you can do this by emailing us on or call us on 01744 624 269, or post your question on social media via Facebook or Twitter.