This week we felt temperatures across the South West plummet and as we prepare for freezing fog and icy temperatures NHS England are reminding people of the simple steps they can take to stay warm and well this winter.
NHS England’s winter campaign encourages patients and NHS staff to work together and Help Us, Help You by following advice from health care workers to help us help you stay well, prevent illness and take the best course of action to get well again sooner.
Liz Mearns, NHS England Medical Director South West said: “As the cold weather sweeps in, it’s important we do what we can for ourselves and our family to help us all stay well throughout the colder months. Simple things such as adding extra layers and wearing shoes with good grip can make such a difference when it’s icy outside.”
“It’s particularly important to check on elderly relatives and neighbours during winter months, and popping in for chat can make the world of difference.”
Top Tips on how you can Stay Well This Winter –
- Keeping warm – Keeping warm indoors and outdoors is important, so add extra layers of clothing and heat your home to at least 18C if you can.
- Visit your pharmacy – If you are beginning to feel unwell, don’t wait for it to get worse. Visit your local pharmacist for advice.
- Dial 111 – If you need help urgently call 111 for advice, assessment and to be directed to the best treatment.
- Visit your GP – This winter more appointments are available at your local GP at evenings and weekends.
- If you have a long term condition – Cold weather warnings are in place for much of England, and people with long term health conditions such as asthma should take extra care. For further information please click here.
- It’s not too late to get your free flu vaccination – If you have a long term condition, are pregnant, or 65 and over – you can receive your free vaccination from your GP or local pharmacy. If you have children aged 2 or 3 please arrange an appointment with your GP. Children from Reception to school year 5 will receive their vaccination at school.