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Stay well this winter

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter.

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Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

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Here to help you stay well this winter


Call 111. If you need medical help fast, but it’s not life threatening or you’re not sure where to go, a 111 adviser will assess you and direct you to the best placed service in your area. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Ask a pharmacist. They’re highly trained healthcare experts, on everything from colds to long-term conditions.

Visit a walk-in centre. They’re mainly run by nurses who can treat minor illnesses and injuries on the spot. You don’t need an appointment and they’re open outside office hours.

Contact your GP. Many GPs can offer advice over the phone and can arrange referral to a hospital specialist if you need it.

A&E departments. They’re there for life-threatening emergencies. But if you’re not sure whether it is an emergency, call 111 first.

For more information and advice visit www.nhs.uk/staywell 

For information about GP access around Birmingham over Christmas 2017, please click here.


12 days of winter animation promotion

With Christmas fast approaching, it can be a very exciting time of year as we prepare for the big day. But would you know where to access NHS services over Christmas, if you needed to?  

With the healthcare services under more pressure during the winter months, it’s vital that local people know where and how to access services over Christmas and New Year. The NHS in Birmingham and Solihull has created their very own animation which offers advice, tips and messages about staying well this winter.

The animation provides a fun way of accessing information about how to stay well this winter, such as keeping in control of any long term health conditions, remembering repeat prescriptions and getting the flu jab. The animation also offers information about the range of health services on offer such as NHS 111 and local pharmacy, as well as tips on how to (try!) and eat healthily this month.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, a local GP and Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCGs said: “It’s important to be prepared this Christmas and to make sure you have stocked-up your medicine cabinet. Useful items include your usual pain killers, diarrhoea treatment and a basic first aid kit. 

“Also, if you have a repeat prescription, make sure you pick it up in good time. We can all do our part to help the NHS this Christmas.”

If you do fall ill over Christmas, remember there are lots of NHS services available to you. You can call NHS 111, visit a local pharmacy for advice and medication. When your GP surgery is closed, you can access a GP out-of-hours service, visit your local minor injuries unit or urgent care centre. 

You can view the animation ’12 days of winter’ here.

To find your nearest local health care services visit here.