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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

Welcome to my first column as the author of Healthy Knowsley. I’ve been the Knowsley Council cabinet member for health and social care for five months now, leading on the transformation of our Adult Social Care services. This includes investing more in prevention and early intervention, helping people to remain in their own homes for longer and avoid hospital admittance or the need for a residential / nursing home. Another key responsibility for me is public health, helping people to stay healthy and protecting them from getting ill.

When I’m not being a Councillor, I work in the NHS as a Commissioning Manager for Learning Disabilities - a job I love doing and have been doing for three years now!

This column provides me with a great opportunity to share some of the fantastic work we are doing here in Knowsley, helping residents to improve their own health and wellbeing as well as providing support where it is needed around a whole range of issues from weight management, quitting smoking and improving your own mental health. Information and advice about the range of support available can be found on www.healthyknowsley.co.uk

With winter approaching, we need to look after ourselves even more than ever and there’s some simple steps we can take to stay warm and healthy.

You can stay warm by heating your home (or some of it) to at least 18oC, keep active when you’re indoors, wear lots of thin layers and have at least one hot meal during the day.

You can stay healthy by having your flu jab - it’s the best way to keep you and your family protected from this virus that can be very nasty, particularly with vulnerable groups or those with a long-term health condition - speak to your GP to make an appointment.

If you feel unwell visit your pharmacy in the first instance - there’s one near to where you live and there’s no need to make an appointment.

Finally, with the dark nights drawing in, remember to keep a check on your elderly or vulnerable residents or neighbours.

Posted by on October 12th, 2018

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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

Welcome to my first column as the author of Healthy Knowsley. I’ve been the Knowsley Council cabinet member for health and social care for five months now, leading on the transformation of our Adult Social Care services. This includes investing... Read more »


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