Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term conditions. We want to help protect you and those you care for.
The single most important thing that you can do this winter is to book your flu vaccination. As well as your local GP practice, pharmacies across West Leicestershire are offering the flu vaccination free for eligible groups. Pharmacies, including Boots, also offer flu jabs if you are not eligible for a free flu jab, if you want to be protected you can pay for one at pharmacist such as Boots.
The flu jab can take up to two weeks to take effect, so please don’t delay and contact your local GP practice of pharmacist to get your free jab.
If you can’t treat your illness yourself, then your GP can help. Get to know your local practice, and find out the best way to book an appointment. Most practices in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland now offer online booking which can be quicker.
Practice nurses are also able to treat and advise on many conditions and will often be able to see you more quickly. GP appointments now available during evenings, weekends and bank holidays at the Healthcare Hubs if you’re registered in a practice in Leicester City.
Heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (or 65F) if you can. Sometimes illness can get worse quickly when it’s cold and you may already be under the weather with a cold or cough.
Seek help as soon as you feel unwell – if you don’t your condition could become worse and turn into an emergency. Stock up on food and medicines so you don’t have to go out when it’s icy. If you’re not sure what medicines might be best, ask your pharmacist, they’ll be able to help.
Think you need to see someone urgently but it’s not life threatening? If you need medical help for physical or mental issues, but it’s not a life threatening emergency, NHS 111 can help.
You’ll speak to a highly trained call adviser who will assess your condition and, if necessary transfer you to a clinician. They can give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the local service that can help you best. We understand that it’s difficult to know how to access health services, so if in doubt, call 111 first.