Top tips to Stay Well
In many cases, it only takes a few simple measures to protect yourself and your family from winter-related illnesses and incidents. Follow our tips below to stay healthy this winter.
For some people, who may be more vulnerable to winter illnesses due to them having long term conditions for example, please do remember to seek help early if you are worried and to use the most appropriate health resource – whether it’s being better prepared at home to treat worsening symptoms, seeking advice from your pharmacist, calling NHS111 or visiting your GP or practice nurse. This could save you a trip to the emergency department.
People can keep warm and healthy this winter by following our top tips. Click the links below for more.
- Look after yourself and others
- Heat your home well – between 18-21ºC will keep your home warm without huge energy bills. If you feel cold at night, use a hot water bottle or electric blanket – but never use both together. It is especially important if you’re at home all day.
- On cold days remember to wrap up warm, wear shoes with good grip, and take care on slippery surfaces. If you have an older neighbour or relative, look out for them during the winter to make sure they are safe and well.
- Eat well and have plenty of fluids to provide energy and warmth regularly throughout the day.
- Reduce the spread of flu and other illnesses
Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.
To reduce the risk of spreading flu:
- use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
- bin used tissues as quickly as possible
- wash your hands often with warm water and soap
To find out more about how to wash your hands (tip: it should take you 20 seconds, enough time to sing Happy Birthday twice) then please visit the NHS Choices website for more.
- Keep your medicine cabinet well stocked
- If you’re on medication, make sure you get your repeat prescriptions in time so you don’t run out.
- If you haven’t already, talk to your GP practice about registering for Patient Online so you can request repeat prescriptions online as well as make GP appointments.
Check to make sure you have enough over the counter remedies so you don’t need to leave home unless you have to.
- Use your local pharmacy
Doctors are encouraging people to stay well by seeking help from their local pharmacy for expert advice and treatment for minor health problems. Pharmacists are qualified to provide expert advice and treatment for many winter illnesses without the need for an appointment.
Most also have private consultation areas. Find out your local opening times
- Know where to get further advice
- If you’ve followed the above steps but symptoms are continuing or getting worse, then get further medical advice by calling NHS111, which is open 24/7 and free from any mobile or landline.
- There is also useful information on symptoms and treatments on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk