Stay Well This Winter

Stay Well

Stay Well This Winter’ is designed to help those people who are most at risk of illness during winter to take steps to stay well. The hope is that by taking these steps, people will be able to get the right help and care as soon as possible which will mean they get better as soon as possible.  It also means that they may avoid having to go to hospital with serious illnesses caused by flu and made worse by the cold weather.

Shropshire CCG and our health partners across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are once again supporting the ‘Stay Well This Winter Message.

Here are our top tips:

Make sure you get your flu jab

The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly.

That’s why the flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition. Children aged two, three, or four, or in school years one and two can have a free nasal spray flu vaccine. Just speak to your GP, or get your free jab through a participating pharmacy.

Keep warm 

It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months 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).
  • Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights. Because breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.
  • Keep active when you’re indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.
  • Wear several layers of light clothes because they trap warm air better than one bulky layer.

Feeling unwell?

Don’t wait – get advice from your nearest pharmacist. Winter can make existing health problems worse. So if you feel like you’re coming down with something, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, don’t wait until it gets worse.
 
The sooner you get advice from a pharmacist the better. This can be the best and quickest way to help you recover and get back to normal. 

Is your medicine cabinet ready for the winter?
Your pharmacist can advise you on which medicines you should have in your cabinet, to help get you and your family through the winter season.

Take medicines as directed

If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or any other medication, make sure you take them as directed.

Pharmacy Opening Times over Christmas/New Year Period

Please find the opening times for local pharmacies over the Christmas/NewYear period:

Pharmacy Opening Times - Christmas 2016 & New Year 2017 [pdf] 61KB

Look out for other people

Remember that other people like older neighbours, friends and family members, may need a bit of extra help over the winter. There’s a lot you can do to help people.     

  • Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling under the weather.
  • Make sure they’re stocked up with enough food supplies for a few days, in case they can’t go out.
  • If they do need to go out in the cold, encourage them to wear shoes with a good grip and a scarf around the mouth to protect them from the cold air, and to reduce their risk of chest infections.

Be prepared

Make sure you get any prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays and if bad weather is forecast. If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or Shropdoc on 0333 222 66 55 and speak to a call adviser who will be able to direct you to a local service that is open.