Stay well - 10 top tips

Keep your medicine cabinets stocked

Keep your medicine cabinets stocked with self-care medicines – paracetamol, indigestion remedies, rehydration salts (for upset tummy with diarrhoea), antihistamines, plasters and a thermometer to look after yourself and your family.

Visit your pharmacist

Pharmacists are experts in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. Did you know 98% of the population live within a 20 minute walk of a pharmacy?

Ring NHS 111 for urgent advice

When your GP surgery is closed and you need urgent advice ring 111 (free from landlines and mobiles), where you will be quickly assessed and advised as to what you need to do and where you need to go. You can also now access this service online via 111.nhs.uk.

Get your flu jab

It is not too late to get yourself protected against flu. Everyone over 65 years old or who suffers from a long term condition will benefit from having the flu vaccination. Please also ensure children aged two to four are encouraged to get the nasal vaccination to reduce the risk of it spreading to others. If you are a healthworker or carer, having the vaccination can benefit you and stop you giving it to those you care for. Trust staff can find out more about free vaccinations here.

Talking therapy is available

For many, winter and the festive season can be a difficult time with sadness, hopelessness or worry. If you need some help visit www.wecantalk.org or call 0345 045 0620 for talking therapy support.

Antibiotics do not work for all colds

Antibiotics do not work for all colds, or for most coughs, sore throats or earache. Your body can usually fight these infections on its own.

Keep warm

During the cold winter days and nights try to heat your rooms to 21 degrees Celsius during the day and 18 degrees Celsius at night. Remember to move around regularly and wear plenty of layers to ensure you don’t get too cold.

Stock up kitchen cupboards

Hot meals, hot drinks and good nutrition are essential, so it’s a good idea to stock up on tinned or frozen food to save having to leave the house when conditions are hazardous outside.

Reduce the risk of falls

Falls are a common problem during the winter and can cause serious injuries, particularly among older people. To minimise the risk of a fall make sure your home is well lit, and if you have to venture out in icy or wet conditions be sure to wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear.

Be a good neighbour

Contact older neighbours and relatives regularly to ensure that they have enough heat and food. Make sure that they are using their heating and that they have got enough medication.