Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
It is important now more than ever to keep well by keeping warm. Here are some top tips for the months ahead:
- Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can – you might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer
- Stay hydrated – drink plenty of hot drinks and water throughout the day
- Eat well – fill up with warm, nutritious meals
- Stay active – keep moving to ensure you generate sufficient body warmth
- Layering is key – wearing several thin layers will keep you warmer than one thick layer of clothing, as the layers trap warm air.
You may be entitled to a grant from the government to help with your heating costs. If you are struggling with your energy bills or to keep your home warm there is a range of support available. Visit haringey.gov.uk/staywarm or call 020 8489 3489 for more information.
When it’s urgent but isn’t a life-threatening illness or injury, visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111 free from mobiles and landlines. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Trained advisors will help you get the right medical attention when you urgently need
it and can put you through to healthcare professionals or direct you to an urgent treatment centre, emergency dental service, GP, pharmacy or another more appropriate local service.
For life-threatening injuries or conditions such as a heart attack or stroke, go to A&E or call 999.
Boost your immunity
Getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and getting a flu jab will help protect you and those around you. Find the latest advice on vaccinations by using the 'Find out more' button below.
Ask your pharmacist
Your local pharmacist can give you friendly, expert advice about over-the-counter medicines for common conditions, such as diarrhoea, a runny nose, a painful cough
or a headache, without the need for an appointment.
As well as dispensing prescriptions, pharmacists provide a range of services, including emergency contraception and incontinence supplies.
You may be eligible for help to cover the cost of some over-the-counter medicines through the Self-Care Pharmacy First scheme provided by some pharmacies in Haringey.
Evening and weekend GP appointments are available for adults and children at GP practices in Haringey. Anyone who is registered with a Haringey GP can request an appointment.
To make an appointment call your own GP practice during normal opening hours and request an appointment. Alternatively, call the service directly on 0330 053 9499 Monday to Friday between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, or between 8am and 8pm at the weekend.
Mental health support
If you need help for a mental health crisis or emergency, you can speak to a qualified mental health professional and access information and advice about local services in Haringey on: 0800 151 0023.
The Haringey crisis phone lines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Advice for parents and carers
If you are concerned about your child’s physical or mental health this winter, you can find information on when and where to seek help from a healthcare professional on the NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group website by using the 'Find out more' button below.
Urgent dental care
If you need urgent dental treatment, contact your usual dental practice. They may be able to see you or direct you to an urgent dental care service.
If you do not have a regular dentist, contact NHS 111 for advice on where you can get urgent care.
Register with a GP
Being registered with a GP practice will help you get the right care when you need it. Anyone in England can register and receive care from a GP practice – you do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number.
Look out for other people
Older neighbours, friends and family members, may need a bit of extra help over the winter. Keep in touch and make sure they have enough supplies and prescription medicine, in case they can’t go out for a few days.
If they need help over the holidays when the GP practice or pharmacy is closed or they’re not sure what to do, NHS 111 can help.
Check your medicine cabinet
Be prepared this winter and restock your medicine cabinet. You can treat most common minor illnesses, such as coughs and sore throats, at home using over-the-counter remedies.
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