A bit of advice from the Oxford Hospital Trust

Hospitals get very busy in colder weather, especially A&E.

  • Winter is generally a very busy time for the NHS and health services in general – A&E in particular gets very busy, so please don’t attend unless it is a genuine medical emergency
  • 111 is the NHS’s non-emergency telephone number. It is  open 24 hours a day and is fast, easy and free. Your symptoms will be assessed over the phone by a healthcare professional who will then immediately direct you to the best medical care for your symptoms
  • Local community pharmacies can help you with lots of everyday ailments
  • Get your flu jab – flu can be very serious for people over 65, people with long-term conditions such as diabetes, or kidney or heart conditions.  Pregnant women are also at risk
  • If you start to feel unwell, don’t wait until it gets more serious – seek advice from your pharmacist in the first instance
  • Make sure your own medicine cabinet is stocked up with cough and cold remedies, and that you’re up to date with your prescription medicine
  • Keep an eye out for your elderly neighbours
  • Keep your home warm
  • Visit the NHS Stay Well website for more information

No photo description available.Consensus at last – everyone agrees that Brexit is a mess!

It is now clear that the promised Brexit cannot be delivered.
We have run Brexit surveys and stalls to listen to local residents’ views on Brexit. Local Brexitometers have consistently shown support for an Exit from Brexit through a People’s Vote. There is far less support for a General Election, at least until Brexit has been resolved.

Anneliese Dodds in parliament yesterday mentioned that over 2000 constituents have contacted her and only a handful supported the deal. She indicated that she is listening; so write to her, and if you have already, write again. #PeoplesVote

Email Stef if you have any European Union questions or would like to help with the campaign.

Don’t miss out! Save £140 on your electricity bills this winter through Better Housing Better Health 

Oxford City Council is urging Oxford residents to contact Better Housing Better Health to help get £140 off their electricity bills this winter.

The discount is available under the government’s Warm Home Discount (WHD) scheme. This is a one-off discount on electricity bills between September and March. It is available to people with prepayment meters.

There are two ways to qualify for a discount. People who get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit will receive a letter from their energy supplier telling them how to get their WHD.

Working age people can qualify for the WHD if they are on a low income, getting means-tested benefits, or have a disability or children under five. Eligibility can vary depending on the energy supplier, and there is a limited amount of help available for people who are not pensioners.

To avoid missing out, the council says that residents should not delay contacting their energy supplier to claim the WHD. People who need support to find out if they qualify or to claim WHD should contact the free Better Housing Better Health service.

Better Housing Better Health gives Oxford residents a single point of contact for services, advice and grants in order to stay warm and well in their homes.

The Better Housing Better Health helpline number is 0800 107 0044, which is open between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays.