Dr James Thomas, GP Clinical Chair at NHS Airedale, Wharefdale and Craven CCG said: “Keeping warm over winter can protect you from colds, flu as well as more serious conditions such as pneumonia – and even heart attacks or strokes.
“We are advising people to stay inside and keep warm if it is very cold outside; particularly if you suffer from a heart or respiratory problem.
If your journey is necessary, make sure you take extra care, wrap up warm and importantly wear flat sensible shoes.
“Look out for vulnerable relatives or neighbours during the cold weather to make sure they are safe and well. Check they have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather and are warm enough, especially at night.”
Top tips to keep yourself healthy and your home warm this winter:
- Stay healthy by eating well and being active – making time to spend with friends and family.
- You may not feel thirsty in cold weather, but it’s important to have plenty of hot or cold drinks.
- Stay warm and wrap up in several thin layers of clothing rather than one thick layer.
- Make sure you wear sturdy, flat footwear with good grip.
- try to keep your home warm to at least 18°C, even if it’s just in one room.
- stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance (have deliveries or ask a friend to help)
There are many different ways that you can make sure you get the right treatment and allow busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.
For expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, see your local pharmacist (chemist). If you need urgent help, but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for advice and direction to the most appropriate service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free. You can also arrange to see your doctor (GP) if symptoms persist.
Helpful information and advice to help you stay well during winter can be found on the NHS Stay Well website - https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/