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Top tips to stay warm this winter
09 January 2019

The local NHS today issued a ‘six of the best’ guide on how to stay warm and well during the cold snap.

Dr Linda Collie, a city GP who is chief clinical officer for NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s important we do what we can for ourselves to stay well throughout the colder spell.

“Many everyday illnesses can best be treated at home. Keep a supply of medicines for coughs, colds and minor illnesses, but keep them in a safe place and well out of the reach of children - and seek advice the pharmacy if you start to feel unwell. We have many excellent community pharmacies across the area, and they are a super resource.

“It’s particularly important to check on elderly relatives and neighbours during winter.

“Popping in to say ‘hello’ quickly can make the world of difference, especially to people who live alone and may find it difficult to go out when it’s colder, particularly if the pavements get icy or are covered with slippery leaves.”

Here are six top tips:

  • Keeping warm – keeping warm indoors and outdoors is important. Add extra layers of clothing and heat your home to at least 18C if you can
  • Visit your pharmacy – if you are beginning to feel unwell, don’t wait to feel worse before going to your local pharmacist for advice
  • Dial 111 – if you need help urgently call 111 for advice, assessment and to be directed to the best treatment
  • Visit your GP – this winter more appointments are available at your local GP at evenings and weekends
  • If you have a long term condition – when cold weather warnings are in place, people with long term health conditions such as asthma should take extra care. For further information, click here
  • It’s not too late to get your free flu vaccination – if you have a long term condition, are pregnant, or 65 and over - you can receive your free vaccination from your GP or local pharmacy. If you have children aged 2 or 3 please arrange an appointment with your GP. Children from Reception to school year 5 receive their vaccination at school. 

Dr Collie added: “If you do start to feel unwell, please only go to the Emergency Department (ED) at Queen Alexandra Hospital if it is a genuine emergency. It is their busiest time of the year and ED should be kept free for people with the most urgent needs. There are other options, such as the 111 service and the NHS Choices website is excellent for all sorts of tips and advice – www.nhs.uk.”

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