Winter health





The return of the cold weather doesn’t necessarily mean more illnesses.  Follow our simple tips and help us help you stay well this winter.

  • Stay warm – might sound obvious but staying warm during cold winter spells can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.  There is more information in the ‘Keep Warm, Keep Well‘ leaflet that has been produced.
  • Eat well – try to avoid unhealthy comfort food, healthy food is a great source of energy which will help you keep warm and help you get the nutrients and vitamins needed to stay well
  • Get a flu jab – flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, pregnant women, carers and some young children to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications
  • A well-stocked medicine cabinet will help you deal with minor illnesses and ailments throughout the winter period
  • Visit your local pharmacy for advice about a range of common winter ailments including aches and pains, sore throat, coughs, colds, flu and earache
  • Is it a cold or is it flu?  Know the difference between the two and understand how you can treat these common conditions at home
  • Choose the right NHS service. If you need medical help but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for advice and support.  This leaflet provides signposting advice and provides guidance on what to have in your medicine cabinet.
  • GP extended access– GP appointments are available evening and weekends. These are also available on bank holidays including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Speak to your GP practice to make an appointment.
  • What to do in a flood – Advice from the flood information service
  • Further information about how to be prepared can also be found on the national “Floods Destroy” website here.
  • Printable posters and leaflets are available here: Leaflet – Help Us Help You Stay Well this Winter          Poster – Stay Well this Winter – your pharmacy can help

Keep up to date with the latest weather forecast

Children, people with long term conditions and older people are more likely to experience problems in cold weather so it’s important to be prepared for cold and icy weather. The Met Office has a system in place to alert people when there is likely to be any extreme weather that could have an impact on their health as well as providing information. You can access the latest weather warning on alerts on the Met Office website or by following them on Twitter (@MetOffice).

Bank holiday opening times for local pharmacies
Please check this section for details of local pharmacy opening times in the run up to a bank holiday.

Age UK’s top tips for keeping warm and well
Age UK has published a great deal of information to help people keep warm indoors and out this winter. You’ll find all this information, including guidance on heating your home and details about the financial help available to do this, on the charity’s website here.

Kirklees Council’s winter information
On the council’s website here, you’ll find a range of winter information, from getting out and about safely in winter weather to keeping your home warm and reducing your energy bills.

Winter driving checklist
Kirklees Council operates a winter maintenance service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whenever the weather demands, to allow all road users to move about as safely as possible. This winter page on the council’s website gives gritting and weather updates, emergency contact numbers and guidance including a winter driving checklist.

Flooding advice
Kirklees Council has information on its website here that can help you reduce the risk of flooding. You’ll also find a ten minute household emergency plan template and an emergency flooding checklist that can help you be prepared and minimise your risk.