Look out for yourself and others this winter
Although most people in Surrey manage the winter season well, it's always a good idea to be prepared for adverse weather and the challenges the season can bring so you can look out for yourself, your family, friends and those around you.
We have provided some simple information and practical steps you can take to prepare yourself and stay well this winter.
Keep well this winter
- Think you need medical help right now? Go straight to NHS 111, which is available on the phone and online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NHS 111 is there for you when you need medical help fast, but it is not a life-threatening emergency. In a life-threatening emergency please call 999.
- For less urgent health needs, get help early. Contact your local pharmacist to prevent your symptoms getting worse and they can advise if a visit to your GP is needed.
- Be active. Moving around and keeping active will help you to stay warm and fit. Whether you go for a walk, or take part in an activity, it's good to keep moving. There are a wide range of activities on the Healthy Surrey Get active web page to keep everyone active.
- Reduce your risk of falling. During the autumn and winter months the risk of falling increases. Follow advice from Age UK about fall prevention and how you can make your home fall-proof.
- Look after yourself. Eating well can help improve well-being, manage weight and reduce the risk of developing illnesses and diseases. If you are feeling a little low and blue, seek some help. Reading Well by Surrey Libraries is a collection of self-help books available through your local library to improve mental wellbeing.
- Look out for others. If you are aware of a neighbour, friend, or relative who is over 65 or has a long-term health condition and may find it difficult to get out, check that they are warm, well and their medicine cabinet and food supplies are stocked up. Having some company may also reduce social isolation.
- Is your medicine cabinet ready for winter? Your pharmacist can advise you on which medicines you should have in your cabinet to help get you and your family through the winter season. Most winter illnesses can't be treated by antibiotics.
- Get your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. Find out more about Winter vaccinations, and who is eligible for free flue and COVID 19 vaccines on the Healthy Surrey staying safe and well in winter web page.
- Keep warm, keep well. Keep your home warm to at least 18°C (65°F). You may want to keep the main living area warmer. Close bedroom windows at night. Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. For more information visit GOV.UK Keep Warm and Well guidance.
- Join the Priority Servies Register. Check with your fuel supplier to see if you are eligible to join their Priority Services Register, which is a free support service to help people in vulnerable situations.
Action Surrey can provide information and advice on how to keep a home warm and grants that may be available for replacement boilers and insulation. You can call Action Surrey on 0800 783 2503.
Find out more about the financial support available to keep your home warm on the Cost of Living Health and Welfare support web pages.
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