With cold weather on the way, follow these tips and you’ll stay warm and well this winter:
- Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
- Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible – eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter.
- Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer).
- Keep as active in your home as possible.
- Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you go outside on cold days.
- If you have reduced mobility or a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C (be sure to get your boiler serviced as needed) and make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm. It’s a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night.
- Stock up on any medicines you may need and have a good store of tinned, dry or frozen foods.
- Have a list of emergency numbers including our emergency adverse weather number 01484 414888 and find out if your local shop and chemist will deliver to your home.
- Take up the offer of a free flu vaccination if you are eligible.
- Look out for vulnerable or elderly relatives and neighbours – you could shop online for them, or clear snow from their paths and drives.
- Health advice for during very cold weather.
- Things to help you stay well this winter
- Things to help you stay well this winter – easy read
- Stay Well this Winter – winter health and seasonal flu portal www.nhs.uk/staywell
- The NHS website – general health advice – find out more about health conditions and how to stay healthy www.nhs.uk
- NHS 111 – a free number to call when you have an urgent healthcare need. It directs you to the right local service, first time – find out more.
- A poster – providing further details about the different types of services available.
- Kirklees Council infection control – full of helpful tips and advice for preventing infections as much as possible
- My Health Tools – If you live in Kirklees and have a long-term condition which causes you pain, breathing problems or anxiety visit www.myhealthtools.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Keeping Warm – advice and help www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm
- Antibiotics awareness – visit the Antibiotic Guardian website antibioticguardian.com
- For information on school closures, gritting, travel and volunteering, visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/winter
- Sign up for local email alerts sent during severe weather at www.kirklees.gov.uk/stayconnected
You can also follow the following Twitter accounts for further information:
NHS North Kirklees CCG @NHSNKCCG
NHS England @NHSEngland
Kirklees Council @KirkleesCouncil
‘Not quite an emergency’ film raising awareness of NHS 111
Comedian Dom Joly, best known for Trigger Happy TV, and NHS Brighton and Hove CCG have teamed up to prank the unsuspecting public to help raise awareness of the NHS 111 helpline. The free, 24 hour number is to be used when you need medical help fast but it’s #notanemergency. You can check out this film here.