At the arrival of winter, Mal Assi, Contract Support Officer at NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group, didn’t hesitate to volunteer as a winter champion to help get important health messages out into her local community.
Building on her existing voluntary work at her local gurdwara (Sikh place of worship), Mal used winter champion training to serve the community where she is a member.
“I already volunteer at my local gurdwara, Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Hounslow, and wanted to offer winter health messages at the weekly wellbeing stall that is held there every Sunday. The stall provides information on various health conditions and is run by a team of volunteers. I wanted to make sure that members of my community knew what to do to stay well this winter, including having the flu vaccination. I have done a few shifts with the team already and will continue to provide winter health advice over the next couple of months.”
Flu vaccinations are in stock across the borough and are provided free of charge to many people.
We are particularly encouraging people aged over 65 years and those who are at risk of getting flu, of all ages, due to having an existing long-term health condition, to come forward and get their free flu vaccination.
Dr Graham Lewis, Chair, Richmond CCG, said, “I’d like to thank Mal for the work she is doing as one of our winter champions. The flu season runs from October to March, which means that people can still benefit from getting the flu vaccination right up to March.”
If you are interested in getting the flu vaccination, speak with your nearest pharmacist or see you GP.
You can also search online https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/