Flu Season Ahead

What is Flu? Influenza or flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu is highly contagious and is usually spread by the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. You can also catch flu by touching an infected person i.e. shaking hands. Adults are contagious 1 to 2 days before showing symptoms and for up to 7 days after becoming ill. This means you can spread the flu virus before you even know you are infected. So, what is a flu epidemic? Put simply, it is a sudden outbreak of the virus spreading rapidly and affecting many people at the same time. Many of these flu epidemic cases can be mild, especially if caught early enough to treat with antivirals, like Tamiflu. Measures can be taken to protect yourself and are outlined below. The Common Cold What’s the difference between a ‘common cold’ and flu? Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold and has a sudden onset. As short as a few hours in most cases. Flu Symptoms The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover with 2 to 7 days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation or permanent disability, but only in extreme cases. Treatment and Prevention Resting and taking over-the-counter preparations such as paracetamol and consuming plenty of fluids will help. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay at home until they feel better, so they do not infect others. You can help reduce the spread of all viruses by encouraging good personal hygiene. Think, frequent handwashing with soap and water, covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and using a tissue when possible. Cleaning hard surfaces, i.e. door handles, frequently using your usual cleaning product is also important. Antibiotics will not be effective against the flu, only against any secondary infection that may develop, and repeated use of antibiotics can also lead to an antibiotic resistance. Stop the spread. Flu can spread quite easily between people. 1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. 2. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others. 3. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. 4. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. 5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. 6. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.


Reliable information from doctors, midwives and mothers on pain relief and anaesthesia choices for your baby’s birth. This website provides information on Pain relief in Labour Anaesthesia for C-Section, Epidural Information Card, Pain Relief Comparison Card, Headache after Spinal/Epidural, Raised BMI, GA for Unplanned C-Section, RA for Unplanned C-Section, LabourPains.com is the free, mobile-friendly public information website of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association (OAA). Created specifically for expectant parents as well as midwives and healthcare professionals. The information on labourPains.com has been written by a multi-disciplinary group, ensuring that patients are offered information which is trustworthy, unbiased and scientifically proven.

Mothers' Voice

Mothers Voice is a group of local women and health professionals working together to develop women centred maternity services in the North West. The group has: Encouraged Altnagelvin Trust to purchase a Birthing Pool for the labour ward. Set up a Breastfeeding Network. Commissioned a research report on local women’s views of maternity care in the North West. You can contact Mothers Voice at, Beibhinn House, 5 Guildhall Street, L’Derry Tel: 02871 267672 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Care in the Sun

A fun, new puppet show, Percy Piglet and the Summer Picnic, is now available online to show children how to take care in the sun. The video, accompanied by a colourful book, is aimed at young children and early years groups and is available at https://careinthesun.org/resources/video/. This film is a fun way for parents, nurseries and play groups to help children age 3-6 years to learn how to protect their skin when playing in the sun.

Bounty Pregnancy App

From the best known parenting club, use the award-winning, bump to baby Bounty pregnancy and parenting app to: • Find out what to expect with day-by-day baby development & enjoyable insights tailored to your world of new experiences • Find health information direct from YOUR local hospital provided in partnership with NHS maternity hospitals and leading baby charities. • Claim FREE Bounty sample packs and discount vouchers for fantastic brands in your favourite shops. • Use the baby foot size tracker, plus watch your fetus grow to become your baby – and when your little one arrives, let the handy sleep tracker give you peace of mind. Created with nationally recognised expert advisors, the app follows the most up-to-date, accurate and trustworthy pregnancy advice from the Department of Health and the Royal Colleges and key organisations representing; Midwives, GPs, Paediatricians, Obstetricians, Gynaecologists, Health Visitors, and Dieticians.

Library - Summer Opening Hours

The Summer Opening hours (July & August) for Little Hands Sure Start Community Library are as follows: Monday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm Wednesday 11.00 am - 4.00 pm Thursday 9.00 am - 12 noon

National Unplugging Day

This year’s National Unplugging Day is to be held on Sunday 25th June 2017 and we are asking parents around the UK and beyond to pledge to #GoGadgetFree and spend the day from sun-up to sun-down without any technology. With traditional family values under constant attack from modern day living and a variety of mental, physical and emotional issues stemming from technology overuse it’s no wonder that people of all ages have never been more desperate to find ways to get a handle on theirs and their families digital habits and get some boundaries in place. National Unplugging Day, is a day of celebration and fun. It’s a day where we urge everyone to come together and release their inner child and break free from technology to re-connect with themselves and those they love. Agree a time with the whole family when all phones, laptops, tablets etc are turned off. Put gadgets away in a drawer and turn off the internet connection. This will help foster a "We're all in it together" attitude and help make it feel more official.