Staying well

You’re precious, don’t ever stop taking care of yourself. It can be hard, especially if you’re feeling unwell or anxious. But little things, a bit of time out, a pampering session or even just a walk, really do give you the feel good factor.

During winter you need to keep yourself well during the cold weather and self-treat minor illnesses (eg. cold/ sore throat), therefore freeing GP and hospital appointments for those who need them most.

Help Us Help You stay well this winter by following the top tips on this page to look after yourself and your family.  You can also view our Services for Carers page.

Clinicians from Liverpool University Hospitals provide health advice on how to stay well this winter and explain the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Dari, Nepali, Nigerian (Yoruba), Pashto, Polish and Romanian on the Liverpool CCG website here.

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.

If you are unwell, self-care can be the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries. A large range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home or simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest.

Take good care of yourself

Researchers from The New Economics Foundation* found that there are five factors to feeling and staying well:

Connect with other people

Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and makes you function better. Talking really does help. Try taking five minutes to get in touch with someone. Talking instead of texting or emailing ask how they are and really listen when they tell you. If you’re out talk to someone new,

Be active

shopping-twitter.pngCan a walk to the shops or mowing the lawn really be that good for you? The researchers say yes, the chemicals it releases called endorphins actually make you feel better and more positive. If you meet someone while you’re out even better.

You can do it at work too, walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing. It’s simple but it works.

Take notice

We all get bogged down in our own thoughts and feelings. Stop and take notice of what’s around you, enjoy the moment – the researchers say being aware of what’s around you this can make you think more about what’s really important in your life – and make decisions based on what you want from life


It’s often said you’re never too old to learn – and the research says it’s true!

Starting a course when you’ve not studied for years isn’t easy – but the confidence and satisfaction is worth it and you’ll meet new people. Study something you think you’ll enjoy. It’ll help you to set goals and look forward which will help as part of your recovery plan.


It’s official - people who give to others rate themselves as happy. Become a volunteer, maybe at a charity shop, through your local Council for Voluntary services or with Mersey Care.

Take part as a service user

More stuff to help you feel better and stay that way….

MIND tips for staying well
Big White Wall
CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably
Family Lives: support and advice
Mental Health Foundation
Rethink Mental Illness
Turning Point
Young Minds

If you need advice fast and you're not sure what to do, call 111 for health care advice that is fast, easy and free. You can also get answers to hundreds of health questions, including common childhood illnesses at the NHS website 24 hours a day.

NHS 111 will direct people to the most appropriate health service which may include a walk-in centre, GP practice, pharmacy or hospital.

NHS 111 advert

pharmacy2.jpgAre a great source of health care advice and information. They are experts in medicines and will help you decide if you need to see a doctor.

NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation which plans the city’s health services, is reminding people to remember to Stay Well This Winter and order their repeat prescriptions ahead of the festive period. Find out more here.  

In Sefton and Southport the CCG is reminding people to Stay Well This Winter: you can find opening times for local pharmacies and walk-in centres here.

Can help if you have an illness or injury that won't go away and any long standing condition. Other examples may include vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache and back ache.

wic-sign-2.jpgLiverpool walk-in centres provide consultations, advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, examples include: minor infections and rashes, stomach upsets, superficial cuts and bruises, strains and sprains, coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms. Also provided is emergency contraception and advice and Chlamydia screening for under 25s. 

In some cases a prescription may be issued, or an X-Ray requested by the nurse, however repeat prescriptions are not able to be provided at our centres.

A&E and 999 are for life threatening situations and emergencies, such as chocking, chest pain, sever difficulty breathing, blacking out and blood loss.

People who need urgent NHS care across North Merseyside are being asked to contact NHS 111 before attending an Emergency Department.

NHS 111 will direct people to the most appropriate health service which may include a walk-in centre, GP practice, pharmacy or hospital.

If patients are assessed as needing to attend a hospital Emergency Department then they will be given a booked time slot.

People should still dial 999 as normal in a medical emergency.

If you are worried about someone with mental health problems go to Urgent help

For all life threatening emergencies, call 999 or visit your local A&E department.

Our Hospital Mental Health Liaison teams offer a 24 hour service based at the three A&E departments in Liverpool and Sefton; the teams provides support for people who are identified in A&E departments as having a mental health issue as well as a physical health problem.

Find out your nearest team here.

norovirus-image.jpgNorovirus, also called the "winter vomiting bug", is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about two days.

Check if you have norovirus on the NHS website

The main symptoms of norovirus are:

  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • diarrhoea
  • being sick (vomiting)

You may also have:

  • a high temperature of 38c or above
  • a headache
  • aching arms and legs

The symptoms start suddenly within 1 to 2 days of being infected.

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better within about a week. You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it's especially common in winter, which is why it's also known as "seasonal flu".

The free flu vaccination is particularly important for those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, and is available for:

  • anyone over the age of 65
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or lung disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems.

Read more about how to stop the spread of flu.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging parents and carers to protect their children this winter by ensuring they take up the flu vaccination programme.


From September, the vaccination and immunisation team will be administering the annual nasal spray flu vaccine to 40,000 primary school children across Liverpool in a bid to boost uptake. Letters, consent forms and information leaflets will be issued to parents and carers via their child’s local school.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust take preventing and controlling the spread of germs seriously. Patients undergoing treatment in hospital have an increased risk of infection because: • being unwell can reduce the ability to fight off an infection • many of the necessary treatments can break the body’s natural defences. So please help yourself and us by reading the advice given in this leaflet.

Our sexual health services provide free and confidential advice and support for both women and men on a wide range of sexual health issues:

Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn does not just happen on holiday. You can burn in the UK, even when it's cloudy. 

There's no safe or healthy way to get a tan. A tan does not protect your skin from the sun's harmful effects. Find out more on the NHS website.