Winter can be seriously bad for our health but there a number of things you can do to keep you and your family well this winter. Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for helpful tips and advice.
Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people aged 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections. Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it.
If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious, get help from your pharmacist. The sooner you get advice the better – pharmacists are here to help you stay well this winter.
If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or other medication, don’t forget to pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays.
If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk who can direct you to a local service that is open.
If you have a minor injury or illness over the holiday period that requires urgent treatment, and are unable to see your GP - you can find the opening times for our urgent care services in Hounslow and Richmond here.
It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes pneumonia and depression. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
NHS Hounslow CCG has put together some top tips for staying well over the winter. Hounslow CCG have also published a leaflet on how to choose the best NHS service for your condition in Hounslow.
Long term conditions:
If you have a long-term health condition like: COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes; heart or kidney disease or have suffered a stroke, cold weather can make health problems like these far worse. If you start to feel unwell, at the first signs of symptoms of winter respiratory illness, even if it’s just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist, before it gets more serious.
If you have a long-term health condition like: COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes; heart, kidney or liver disease or have suffered a stroke, flu on top of health conditions like these can develop into something more serious. Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. It’s free because you need it.
Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it.
The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against unpredictable virus.
It is vital that those eligible have it every year as the vaccine protects against different strains of flu which can change and/or evolve each year.
The free flu vaccination is particularly important for those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, these include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with long term health conditions.
Flu can be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family. For children aged 2, 3 and 4, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.
Winter wellness - find out more
The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you prepare for winter. Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for more information.