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Winter Health Advice

Generally we feel unwell during winter time as we spend more time indoors and coughs and colds are passed around our family, friends and colleagues at work.  If you are normally healthy there are many winter ailments and illnesses that can be easily treated at home with the aid of some common sense advice and a range of medicines you can buy from a shop or local pharmacy. 

To help you during the winter months, visit NHS Choices to find out how you can treat some of those common winter illnesses or we have a handy guide below. 

If you need advice your local pharmacist can help 

Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and are able to diagnose and offer treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments immediately, without the need to make an appointment.  They are open long hours, at weekends and evenings and there are many pharmacies on the local high street and in supermarkets. 

They can give advice, or where appropriate, medicines that can help to clear up the problem and offer a range of branded or non-branded medicines.  If you have any questions about the differences between these products they would be happy to talk to you. 

Instead of booking an appointment with your GP, you can see your local pharmacist any time by just walking in.  See which pharmacies are open over Christmas and New Year here. 

Make sure you have repeat prescriptions 

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you or your family have enough medicine to last over the festive period.  Many of the calls to out of hours health services are for emergency repeat prescriptions when people have run out of their medication - a situation that could be avoided with some forethought and planning.  By thinking ahead for your regular medication you are helping our busy out of hours doctors and nurses. 

Know when your GP surgery will be open

Your local GP practice will be closed over the festive period and may also offer limited appointments around Christmas and New Year.  If you need to see a GP when the practice is closed, contact the NHS 111 service.

NHS child health

It's a real worry when children become ill.  Understandably, we don't want to take any risks. 

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help you look after their children's health.  'Looking after your child's health' is an important NHS guide for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years. 

Download the free NHS app today!  Just search for 'NHS child health' on Google Play or Apple's App Store. 

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Please note: The content in this article is over one year old, there may be newer guidance available.

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