You will have noticed that it is getting darker earlier, the cold weather has officially set in and flu season is upon us. Be prepared for winter illnesses by following these simple steps, so that whatever winter throws at you, you’re ready.
Step 1 – Medications
Replenish your basic medicine cabinet and ensure you have your prescriptions in order so you’re not left short, especially over the bank holidays
Step 2 – Flu Jab
If you’re eligible for the free flu vaccine, get it now – it’s free because you need it. Speak to your GP or pharmacy…
Step 3 – Keep warm, keep well
Winter conditions can be seriously bad for your health, especially for people aged 65+ or with long-term health conditions. If possible:
- keep your home heated to at least 18⁰c
- keep your bedroom window closed at night
- keep active when indoors
- wear several layers of light clothes rather one bulky layer
- have at least one hot meal a day and drink plenty of fluids
It’s also worthwhile claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to before winter sets in. You can get help with heating costs through the Winter Fuel Payment, Cold Weather Payment and the Warm Home Discount Scheme
Step 4 – Know who to call and where to go
You can call into your local pharmacy for expert advice on your medication or if you have a minor illness. If you need to see a GP outside of working hours, Manchester GP surgeries now offer extended hours for evening and weekend appointments. To find out about getting an out of hours appointment, give you GP practice a call.
Don’t forget NHS 111 or NHS 111 online can help if you have you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.
We also have many walk-in centres across the city for minor illness and injuries. Find your nearest walk-in centre.