NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging residents – especially those over 65 years or with an existing health condition - to follow NHS England’s stay well this winter advice.
- Get your flu jab: this is the best way to protect yourself against flu which can be much worse for older people, children and those who have a long-term health condition. You can get a free flu jab if you are 65 or over or already have a health issue. Your GP or pharmacist can tell you more about the flu jab, or you can visit the website: www.nhs.uk/getflujab
- Check your medicine cabinet: you can ask your pharmacist what medicines you should have at home to get through the winter so they can advise you or what to take for colds, coughs, sore throats or earache.
- Prescriptions: make sure you have all the medicines you need before your pharmacy or GP practice closes for Christmas. You can also order your repeat prescriptions online, ask your GP or find out more by visiting: nhs.uk/GPonlineservices
- See your pharmacist if you are feeling ill: if you are feeling unwell visit your local pharmacist as soon as possible, even if you have a cough or a cold. This can be the best and quickest way to help you get better.
- Call 111: If you or someone you know needs medical help or advice fast but you are unsure what to do and don’t think it’s a 999 emergency, you can call 111. The 111 service is available 24 hours a day and you will speak to a trained adviser, doctor, nurse or paramedic, who will talk you through your symptoms and advise on what to do next. They can book you an appointment with an out-of-hours GP, whether you are registered with one or not, and can issue prescriptions for medications if needed.
- Keep warm: staying warm when you are indoors or outdoors can help stop you getting colds, flu or other health problems.
To help you stay warm follow these steps:
- Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F) if you can, or heat the room that you sit in most and your bedroom
- Drink hot or warm drinks to keep warm and hydrated.
- Keep your bedroom window closed on cold nights so you do not breathe cold air
- Move around indoors and try not to sit still for more than one hour
- Wear lots of thin warm layers of clothes and add an extra blanket or quilt to the bed
- Find out how you could pay less to heat your home by visiting: www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm
- Get someone to check your cookers and heaters are safe and registered with Gas Safe, you can find out more by visiting: www.gassaferegister.co.uk. Check if there are any charges beforehand.
- Look out for other people: remember to keep in touch with your older friends, family and neighbours over the winter and ask if they feeling ok or need any help. You can also help to make sure they have all the medicines they need before the Christmas holidays start.
Things to remember:
- Get a flu jab
- Go to your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel ill
- If you're worried about an urgent medical concern, call 111 and speak to a fully trained adviser. For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist.
- Heat your home, room or bedroom to at least 18°C (65°F) if you can
- Find out about help to pay for your heating at: www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm
- Check on other people who might need extra help in the winter.
For more information about staying well over winter, visit the NHS Stay Well This Winter website.