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Winter’s on its way

Last winter was hard work wasn’t it? Hopefully with the amazing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine this year will be a bit less [screams internally] and a bit more [hums festive songs externally].

That’s not to say it’s going to be an easy one. With the country opening up, colds and flu viruses are going to be running amok this year – and COVID is still out there. It’s more important than ever to make sure you know how to keep yourself healthy, and how to look after yourself if you’re unwell, or if you take a tumble if it’s wet and icy outside.

Not only that, but hospital services like A&E are already stretched off the back of the pandemic – add to that the usual influx of winter injuries and ailments and we’re pretty certain this year is going to be busier than ever.

We’ve got the info you need to make sure you and the people you love are safe and sound this winter. Stuff like reminding you that you can call 111 or visit 111 Online whenever you need them, day or night. See? Good stuff!

Winter Checklist

1. BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY

1. BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY

Boost your immunity with your flu and COVID-19 vaccines to protect yourself, your family and the people you love.

2. BE COVID SMART!

2. BE  COVID SMART!

COVID-19 is still with us so we should all carry on protecting ourselves and those around us. You can do this by testing regularly, meeting outside if you can, washing hands, letting in the fresh air when you’re inside and wearing a face covering in busy places.

3. STOCK UP ON MEDICINES

3. STOCK UP ON MEDICINES

Get repeat prescriptions in plenty of time and have a well-stocked medicine cabinet, including a thermometer.

4. BE THERE FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

4. BE THERE FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Help and support relatives or friends to leave hospital so that they can be more comfortable and recover more quickly at home.

5. GET HELP EARLY

5. GET HELP EARLY

Get help early before your condition worsens – speak to your GP surgery, contact NHS 111, or speak to your local pharmacist.

6. AVOID SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

6. AVOID SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

Avoid slips, trips and falls by taking extra care in bad weather.

7. KEEP AN EYE ON OTHERS

7. KEEP AN EYE ON OTHERS

Keep an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relatives.

8. KEEP WARM

8. KEEP WARM

Try to heat your home effectively and safely – heat your home to at least 18°C. Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating.

9. REMEMBER THE FIVE STEPS TO WELLBEING

9. REMEMBER THE FIVE STEPS TO WELLBEING

Remember the five steps to wellbeing to stay well mentally and physically:

  •  connect with others
  •  be active as much as possible
  •  keep learning new skills to boost confidence and mood
  •  take notice and be in the present moment
  •  give your time and support to others.

10. BE KIND

10. BE KIND

Be kind and compassionate to those you meet, including hard-working staff who are supporting others.