It is really important to be ready for the winter season, particularly if you are living with a chronic and/or long term health condition. Ensure that you have an emergency supply of antibiotics if you suffer with COPD and if you suffer with asthma that you request your inhaler prescription in a timely manner. Also, ensure that you book your flu vaccine as soon as possible by calling our reception team on 020 8399 6622.
Advice for looking after you and your family in winter
It is advisable to keep a supply of basic medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen in your medicine cabinet.
Consult a Pharmacist first
If you have cold or flu like symptoms you should consult a pharmacist before making an appointment with a doctor. Pharmacists are trained medical professionals who can offer quick advice on a wide range of minor illnesses and can often provide over the counter medicine that do not require a prescription.
Please only go to A and E if you have severe chest pain and/or breathlessness.
Helpful NHS website links on looking after your health in winter
The following link gives advice on how to self manage some common winter illnesses https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/10-winter-illnesses/
The following link offers some great advice for keeping well in winter https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/five-ways-to-stay-healthy-this-winter/
This link gives sound advice for keeping warm https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/
Exercising in winter can also help to keep you healthy and keep lurgies away https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/safe-winter-exercise/