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Stay Well This Winter

Stay Well This Winter 


It's important to prepare for winter to keep happy and healthy during the cold weather and here are some tips to help!


The cold weather can put a stop to a lot of activities but by keeping warm and active over the winter months you can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.


It becomes even more important if you:

 

  • The over 65s
  • The under 5s
  • Pregnant women
  • People with long term health conditions


Not in an at risk group? Keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives and help make sure they are warm, have enough food stored up and have any medicines they need in case they are unable to leave their house for a while.

 

Not sure what to do? Just remember WINTER

  • Warm – Keep your house warm (at least 18C) this winter
  • Immunisations – Get your flu vaccination
  • Neighbours – Keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives
  • Timely – Seek advice from a pharmacist at first sign of illness
  • Enough – Pick up repeat prescriptions so you have enough while pharmacies/surgeries are closed
  • Restock – Make sure you have enough food and medicine in the cupboard

 

Be prepared

 

Be prepared


Stay warm


If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. It's a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can. During the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer. Make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm.


If you're under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable.


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.

Don't forget your FREE flu jab


The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.


You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions

For further information on the flu please visit NHS Choices.

 

Keep well


Keep well

 

If you've got an illness or had an injury it's not always easy to know what to do or where you should go.

 

During the winter period the numbers of people attending A&E goes up but many of those people could been treated at a walk in centre or minor injuries unit or even saved themselves time with a visit to their GP or local pharmacist instead. Help us to keep A&E for the people who really need it.

Knowing your choices can help save you a lot of time...

 

  • self-care
  • your pharmacist
  • your GP
  • GP out of hours
  • Walk-in centre's / minor injuries unit
  • A&E

 

 

For some very minor illnesses and injuries it's all about self-care. Make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet and get plenty of rest.

 

 

Did you know that your local pharmacy can provide you with expert advice to commonhealth problems and the best medicines to treat them? Find your nearest pharmacy.

 

Pharmacists provide a range of services beyond dispensing prescriptions. They can advise on minor ailments such as colds, skin conditions and allergies, emergency contraception, truss fittings and incontinence supplies.

 

 

Make an appointment with your GP for medical advice for an illness or injury that just won't go away.

Did you know... if you're registered with a Wirral GP you can call 0151 514 2222 to book an appointment to see a GP at the All Day Health Centre, open seven days a week, 8am – 10pm?

 

 

If you need medical advice but your practice is closed you can call the GP Out of Hours service on 0151 678 8496.

 

Lines are open 6:30pm – 8am on weekdays and 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays.

 

 

Walk in centres treat less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes. A&E will always give priority to serious and life threatening conditions, so if you have a minor injury you may be waiting a long time.

 

The Minor Injuries Units at Victoria Central Health Centre has x-ray facilities for anyone who thinks that they may have broken something.

 

You don't need an appointment, just walk-in and you'll be seen within four hours.

Visit one of Wirral's Walk-in Centres or the Minor Injuries Unit.

 

 

A&E should be used for critical or life threatening situations. A&E departments provide emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured.

 

For life threatening and critical symptoms, serious illness or major accidents go to A&E or call 999.

Unwell? Unsure? Confused?

 

For absolutely any questions about health, go to NHS Choices or ring 111

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:30

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