Deck the halls and stock your cupboards, advises Richmond's health and care partnership
As last minute gifts and tasty treats are topping shopping lists this week, health and care organisations across Richmond are reminding people to stock up on their medication in time for the festive break.
Dr Graham Lewis, chair of Richmond Clinical Commissioning group said: "People with long term health conditions can be more vulnerable to winter illnesses, particularly if their prescription medication runs out. We're encouraging everyone to check they have enough medication to see them through the festive period."
While some GP surgeries will close over the weekends and bank holidays, a number of appointments will still be available from 8am – 8pm through the extended hours service.
To access the service, patients should call their GP practice or contact NHS 111. People in Richmond are also advised to visit their local pharmacist for help treating minor ailments.
Dr Graham Lewis continues: "Winter can be bad for our health, but there a number of things everyone can do to keep well this winter. By adding some cough and cold remedies to the Christmas shopping list, everyone can make sure that they can tackle a winter illness as soon as it appears."
Cllr David Marlow, Richmond Council Cabinet member for Adult Services and Health said: "If you have a long term health condition or require regular prescriptions you should make sure to stock up any prescription medicines you need before the holidays start, so you are as prepared as possible."
As part of NHS England's 'Stay Well This Winter' campaign, residents of Richmond are also being advised to follow some simple steps to keep healthy during the colder weather, including heating your home to at least 18°C, wearing lots of thin layers to keep warm when you're out and about and checking in on older or vulnerable neighbours to see if they need extra support.