North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) will be helping people to stay well this winter by sharing important health information with patients travelling on the Patient Transport Service (PTS).
PTS staff will be making the most of time spent transporting patients to and from appointments by taking the opportunity to hand out leaflets about the seasonal flu vaccination.
The leaflets include information about who is eligible for the free vaccination and who to speak to for further advice.
Over 1.5 million patient journeys are undertaken by PTS every year, supporting patients across Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cumbria, to get to and from non-emergency medical appointments.
Nathan Hearn, PTS Contract Delivery Manager, said: “The nature of our service means we spend time with many different patients every day. We recognised we could make even better use of that time by helping to share important health messages and information about locally available services.
“The whole NHS system sees pressure over the winter months, with more people visiting A&E and being admitted to hospital.
“We hope that sharing health advice can help keep people well and avoid them having to go to hospital.”
Visit www.nwas.nhs.uk formore information.