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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

 Stay well this winter


With winter well and truly here health bosses in Wyre Forest are reminding everyone of the importance of staying well in the cold weather.

Colds, flu and norovirus are far more likely at this time of year as our immune systems come under attack. The cold weather can also be a major trigger for some conditions such as asthma.

Dr Simon Rumley, Chair and Clinical Lead at NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s vital that we all take measures to look after our health and wellbeing over the winter months.

“Basic health advice such as eating well, keeping hydrated and keeping warm are really important for general wellbeing. Being cold, particularly for the elderly and vulnerable can really affect health.

“Colds are best treated with rest and plenty of fluids, your pharmacist can help you with over the counter medicines to manage you symptoms.”

If you are ill and need to carry on with your day it’s a good idea to take precautions to minimise the

spread to others. Carry tissues for coughs and sneezes, don’t re-use them, put them straight in the bin and then wash your hands to kill the germs.

Keep a supply of medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen in the house, that way if you do become ill you can treat it early, without the need to go out in cold weather to the pharmacy. 

Make sure you have regular meals and hot drinks and keep your home at a warm temperature; it should be above 18c. If you do need to go out, wrap up warm and take care if it’s icy, as slips and trips are more common in winter. 

If you can help an elderly neighbour with their shopping, repeat prescriptions or other medication it might save them a trip out.

For more information on winter health visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.


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