Look after yourself and your neighbours this winter to ease the pressure on your local A&E. If you're not sure what to do, call NHS 111 who can advise you.
At the first sign of a winter illness you should always seek advice from your Pharmacist before it gets worse.
Check on your neighbours
Winter can be tough for older people, people with mobility issues or for those living with a disability. Help out your family, friends and neighbours by checking their cupboards are stocked with food so that they don't have to go out as much. If you can, help them get to their appointments safely to avoid dangerous slips and falls.
Get your flu jab
Did you know that even if you're fit and healthy you can be a carrier of flu and pass it on to someone more vulnerable?
Flu jabs are free for over 65's, carers, preganant women and frontline careworkers.
You can get your flu jab at your GP surgery or your local pharmacy.
Those aged over 65 and living with a disability or a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease are more vulnerable to becoming ill in cold weather.
- If you're over 65, have reduced mobility or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, try to keep your main living room at around 18-21°C (65-70°F) and heat up your bedroom just before you go to sleep. You can also use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed. If you're under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable.
- Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.
- Wrap up warm, inside and out. Wear lots of thin layers and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.
- Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they're safe and well. Make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather.
Getting to your appointment
If you have an appointment or operation scheduled and you are able to travel safely, please attend as normal unless we contact you.
Please don't travel to hospital unless it is safe for you to do so. If you can't attend an appointment or procedure please let us know by calling the number on your appointment letter. We'll be able to rearrange your appointment for you.
Icy pavements and roads can be extremely slippery. Take extra care if you go out, and wear boots or shoes with good grip on the soles.
Keep an eye on travel disruptions and plan accordingly.
Bear in mind that black ice on pavements or roads might not be clearly visible, and compacted snow may turn to ice and become slippery.
For more advice on staying warm and healthy, visit https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/