Stay Well This Winter

28 December 2016

The cold weather not only makes us dream of sunnier climates, but it can also pose a serious health risk.

Being cold can not only cause cold and flu-like symptoms, but it can also aggravate existing medical conditions, such as increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

It’s just another reason why it’s important we do all we can to wrap up and keep ourselves warm when the cold weather hits this winter.

That’s why we’re promoting the NHS “Stay well this winter” campaign, which provides a wealth of top tips for staying warm and great advice for those with any concerns.

The biggest tip though is that if you’re not feeling great, don’t stick it out and suffer alone, running the risk of things becoming more serious.

Please seek advice from your local pharmacy as soon as possible. This is especially the case if you have a pre-existing medical condition.  

Here are some top tips to keep warm & well:

  • Feeling the chill? Extra layers of clothing work wonders at keeping out the cold
  • Make sure your home is heated to at least 18C (65F)
  • Moving around and staying active can help you to shake off the cold – try not to remain still for more than an hour or so at any one time
  • Keep the heat in: make sure windows are shut, doors are closed and consider using draught excluders to stop the heat escaping and cold air creeping in. It all helps to keep your home nice and toasty
  • When the cold weather does hit, it’s always recommended to check in on older neighbours, friends and family members who are more susceptible to the effects of cold weather conditions.

Help spread the word...

We'll be sharing further advice on our Twitter and Facebook channels, so keep your eyes pealed for more information. Feel free to share to spread the word!

A summary of some of our recent Tweets can be found below, but please check out our Twitter and Facebook pages for more information: