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Hay fever summer 2019 communications toolkit

This toolkit provides links to materials and resources that GP practices can use to help raise awareness within their practice and with their patients. To make it as easy as possible, most of this you can just copy and paste and use it without editing it. 
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Resources/Materials   

The CCG has developed a series of resources that GP Practices can use to help raise awareness.  These include: 

Posters and leaflets – for display stands and patient waiting areas  
You can download a copy of an A4 hay fever poster from the ‘related documents’ section on this page. Additional copies are available on request by contacting capccg.contact@nhs.net 

A hay fever patient information leaflet is also available to download from the 'resources' section on this page.  This could be uploaded to practice websites or printed out for patients.

Videos – for digital screens, websites and social media 
A short video is available to download from the 'related documents' section on this page. This can be used on waiting room screens, on your website or on social media.  

Website resources – to upload to practice websites 
You can use the following copy/text on your website.  A series of images than can be used are available to download from the ‘related documents’ section on this page.  

Website copy:  

Don’t let hay fever spoil your summer 

Did you know you don’t need to see your GP for hay fever treatment? 

Hay fever and seasonal allergy treatments such as tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays are all easily available at low cost from your local pharmacy – no prescription from your GP required! 

Antihistamines are usually the best treatment for hay fever and should be taken throughout the summer season to help prevent attacks.

Antihistamines can easily be bought from local pharmacies or supermarkets for as little as £2 for a packet of 30 tablets. If a patient goes to their GP to get a prescription then it costs the NHS considerably more. 

By going to the pharmacy you’ll be saving yourself time and money, freeing up GP appointments for people with more urgent needs as well as doing your bit to help the NHS save money on unnecessary prescription costs. 

For more information about treating allergies or to find your nearest pharmacy and opening times visit www.nhs.uk 

Top tips to help ease hay fever symptoms:  

  • Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am to 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm) 
  • Avoid large grassy areas and cutting the grass
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses 
  • Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to block inhalation of pollen 
  • Don’t dry washing outside to avoid pollen sticking to your clothes  
  • Shower and change your clothes after you've been outside to wash pollen off

  • Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth

     

Website copy: 

Stock up for summer! 

The warmer weather often means that we spend more time getting out and about. That’s why it is even more important to make sure you stock up on some summer self-care essentials in case you need them. 

Key first aid essentials include: 

  • Painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen 
  • Antihistamines for allergies/hay fever 
  • Antiseptic cream for bites and stings  
  • Sunscreen at least factor 15  
  • Plasters and bandages  
  • Diarrhoea/constipation relief medication  
  • Travel sickness medication  

All of these are easily available to buy at local pharmacies or supermarkets.  Further information on medicine cabinet essentials is available HERE 

For advice on travel health including sun safety, vaccinations, DVT and how to apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is available HERE  

Social media 

Practices are encouraged to help raise awareness of campaigns through their social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  A series of images that can be used on social media are available to download from the ‘related documents’ section on this page. 

Tweets  

Who ‘nose’ where to go for hay fever treatment?  Your local pharmacist can offer expert advice and treatment - no GP appointment or prescription required!  

https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/do-you-nose-where-to-go-for-hay-fever-treatment/


Hay fever - not to be sneezed at! Visit your pharmacist today for expert advice and treatment. Treatment available for as little as £2 – no GP appointment or prescription required.  Advice also available here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever/


Itchy eyes, runny nose, watery eyes?  Yep, hay fever is here! Pop in to your local pharmacist for expert advice and treatment - no prescription from your GP required!  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever/


Hay fever sufferer?? No need to visit your GP, your local pharmacist can provide expert advice and treatment – no prescription required. Save yourself time, and save the NHS money, see your pharmacist.  Advice also available here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever/


  

Facebook posts 

Who ‘nose’ where to go for hay fever treatment?  Your local pharmacist can offer expert advice and treatment - no prescription from your GP required! Treatment can cost as little as £2 for 30 tablets.  Please help save the NHS £ and buy your own. 

https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/do-you-nose-where-to-go-for-hay-fever-treatment/


Itchy eyes, runny nose, watery eyes?  Yep, hay fever season is here! No need to visit your GP, your local pharmacist can provide expert advice and treatment – no prescription required!  Save yourself time, and save the NHS money, see your pharmacist.  Advice also available here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever/


Hay fever??  Please don’t go to your GP, hay fever treatment such as tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays are all easily available at low cost from your local pharmacy or supermarket – no prescription required! Save yourself time, and save the NHS money, see your pharmacist. 

https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/do-you-nose-where-to-go-for-hay-fever-treatment/


26/06/2019