Stay Well This Winter is a campaign run in conjunction with Public Health England and Norfolk County Council.
Older people, very young children, pregnant women, those with long-term health conditions and people who live in poor quality housing or are homeless are particularly vulnerable during the winter. While cold weather itself doesn’t often directly make people ill, it can contribute to conditions that lead to illnesses including stroke and heart attack. Flu viruses are also more stable in cold air, making it easier for them to spread and leading to more cases of flu during the winter, which can be life-threatening to some vulnerable people. Stay Well This Winter aims to make people aware of what they can do to keep themselves and their family, friends and neighbours in good health during the colder months. The campaign is encouraging everyone in Norfolk to do five things that will help prevent vulnerable people being put at risk this winter:
CHRISTMAS 2017 PHARMACY OPENING TIMES
As the Christmas holidays approach it’s important to remember that not all pharmacies will be open over the whole Christmas period.
Alistair Lipp medical director for NHS England Midlands and East (East) said:
“A lot of people don’t realise how useful their pharmacy can be and they can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems, particularly winter illnesses such as sore throats and runny noses.
“As most GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day we would also encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the festive period.”
Pharmacy opening hours in Suffolk can be found on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk) along with information on walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units. Patients can type in their postcode on the website to find their nearest services.
Pharmacy opening hours over the Christmas holidays can be seen here.
Ensure your home or a vulnerable person’s home is well-heated and insulated – living in cold, damp or mouldy rooms can affect your health. Heat your home, or at the very least the rooms you use regularly, to between 18 and 21°C. If keeping your home warm is a struggle, there is financial help available. For help with paying heating bills, people can apply to the Surviving Winter fund from early November, for more details visit www.norfolkfoundation.com. To find out if you can get help to make your home more energy efficient, visit: https://www.gov.uk/energy-grants-calculator