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10 Town & Around February 2019                                                    Tel: 01485 540620 email: editor@townandaround.net
        Extra Hands makes County awards
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        A     West Norfolk home care service is aiming to add another
              county award to its already impressive collection.
          Extra Hands has previously won four awards in the last five years
        and been highly commended in four more categories of the annual
        Norfolk  Care Awards  which  have  been  running  for  five  years  to
        showcase the best of the sector.
          The 2019 awards will be held in the new year at a black tie event at
        Sprowston Manor to be hosted by the Rev Richard Coles, a well-
        known vicar and former member of pop band The Communards.  and  Respect  in  Everyday  Life  section  and  director  Hazel  Evans
          Extra Hands has been nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in  received the Harold Bodmer Outstanding Achievement Award.
        Delivering Dementia Care category at the prestigious ceremony.  The Norfolk Care Awards are judged by a panel of professionals and
          “We are thrilled to have been nominated as a finalist again - the news  representatives from various sponsors and the competition is always
        has been the perfect end to a lovely 25th anniversary year. The team is  tough. Nominations for the 2019 event closed in November and Extra
        looking forward to the event in February as it is always a lovely night  Hands was notified in the last few days that it was again invited to the
        of celebrating the very best in our sector,” said director Hazel Evans.  ceremony.
          As Extra Hands celebrated its special anniversary, 2018 proved to  Over the years, Extra Hands has won various categories, including
        be  a  successful  year  for  the  team  and  everyone  hopes  2019  will  Delivering Excellence through Learning and Development (2017),
        continue that success.                               Promoting  Dignity  and  Respect  in  Everyday  Life  (2015)  and
          Last year the homecare service was a finalist in Promoting Dignity  Motivational Leadership (2014).

        Advice on dealing with flu symptoms this winter


        West  Norfolk  Clinical  Commissioning  Group  is  appealing  to  of chronic disease.
        appropriate patients to have their flu vaccination in a bid to best protect  “For many people the best advice would be to rest at home, keep
        themselves against the virus.                        warm, drink plenty of water, and take paracetamol or ibuprofen.
          The following groups are eligible for the free flu vaccine:
        • all children aged two to nine                       “We would also encourage people to first seek advice from one of
        • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups  the many experienced pharmacists in this area, who will be the best
        • pregnant women                                     first source of treatment advice; or to call the NHS 111 service.
        • those aged 65 years and over                        “Generally the symptoms will disappear within one to two weeks,
        • those in long-stay residential care homes          but if they persist then please contact your GP. We don’t recommend
        • carers                                             the use of antibiotics to treat flu, as they won’t cure the disease and
        Flu symptoms include a sudden fever, aching body, dry cough, sore  may cause complications.”
        throat, headache and diarrhoea.                       Flu is very infectious and can easily spread to other people so to
          Dr Paul Williams, Chair of West Norfolk CCG, said: “We’re seeing  reduce the risk, people are asked to wash their hands with soap and
        a number of patients in the West Norfolk area who are suffering from  water, use tissues when they cough or sneeze, and to bin used tissues.
        flu-like symptoms. We’ve been predicted some colder weather, as  People with underlying conditions such as COPD or heart disease
        you’d expect at this time of year, and when we are together indoors  are more vulnerable to flu and are advised to discuss their condition
        with closed windows to keep warm, flu is more likely to spread. When  with NHS 111 or their GP surgery if the symptoms seem worse than
        we’re cold we are more vulnerable to infection and the complications  they would expect, or persist longer than 10 to 14 days.
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