Keep healthy this winter

16 November 2015

Doctors and nurses from both hospitals urge local people to take some small practical steps to keep themselves healthy this winter, particularly those with long-term conditions and those over 65, so they do not require a visit to hospital.

Doctors and nurses from both hospitals urge local people to take some small practical steps to keep themselves healthy this winter, particularly those with long-term conditions and those over 65, so they do not require a visit to hospital.

People should protect themselves against flu by getting the flu vaccination. In 2014/15 there were over 1,100 intensive care and high dependency hospital admissions due to the flu virus across England during the flu season, including 100 deaths. Those aged over 65, pregnant women, carers and people with a long-term health condition can receive a free flu jab from their GP or pharmacist. 

People should also make sure that they keep warm in winter too. If possible the temperature of people’s home should be at least 18°C (65°F). At the first sign of illness, seek immediate advice and help from NHS Choices pharmacist. They should take prescribed medicines as directed and pick up any prescription medicines before Christmas Eve. 

Dr Roger Chinn, Medical Director for the West Middlesex University Hospital site, says: “Taking small steps such as having the ‘flu vaccination, eating well and keeping warm will help ensure that you are able to enjoy the upcoming festive season free from illness. 

“If you do get ill, remember that there are a range of different services that can provide you with advice and treatment. By accessing other local services where appropriate, you will help our busy staff in A&E concentrate their efforts on caring for the most unwell and vulnerable people as the cold snap hits.”

The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you better prepare for winter. Visit www.rightcarenwlondon.nhs.uk.