Tips to stay well this winter

//Tips to stay well this winter
Tips to stay well this winter 2018-03-21T13:22:38+00:00

NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting the national Stay Well This Winter campaign

The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help people, and particularly those with long-term health conditions, children under 5 and those over 65, prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.

Winter can be seriously bad for health – increasing the risk of blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes for those with a long-term health condition or who are over 65, whilst young children can readily pick up and spread illnesses amongst their wider circle – including family members of all ages.

There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:

  • At the first sign of a cough or a cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious.
  • Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter.
  • Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays.
  • It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18C (65F), if you can. You might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
  • Make sure you get your flu jab.
  • If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit

These tips can help you and your family prepare for winter, stay well and get well quickly.

For further health information visit

For information support with benefits and heating, visit Richmond Councils winter web page.

Protect yourself and your family against flu

Make sure you stay well this win​​ter.​

​Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you’ll usually begin to feel better within about a week.

However, it can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition and it can be horrible for little children.  If children catch flu they can quickly spread it around the whole family.

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu vaccination.

Free flu vaccination is available on the NHS for:

It’s free because you need it!

We are encouraging parents of children aged 2 – 3 and school children from reception class through to year 4 to have their children vaccinated. The flu vaccine for children is a quick and easy nasal spray.

  • For children aged 2 and 3 their nasal spray vaccine is available through your GP.
  • School children from reception class through to school year four should get their nasal spray through their school.

The flu vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus.

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it’s free because you need it.  Contact your GP, local pharmacist or midwife to get the flu jab.