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Residents encouraged to stay well this winter

Residents with long term health conditions, those over 65, pregnant women and parents of under-sevens are being encouraged to take extra care to stay well this winter.

The ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign, a national Public Health England campaign which began earlier this month, aims to help vulnerable groups stay healthy by recommending a course of actions to take to reduce the likelihood of having to go to hospital.

Councillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health at Kingston Council, said: 

“We are committed to looking after the most vulnerable within the community, it’s a priority for us. We work closely with our health partners, including Public Health England, to ensure we are delivering a high standard of care to those in need.

“As we approach the winter months, it’s important that we all do our best to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. My hope is that everyone takes this advice on board, as I will, and enjoys a healthy, happy winter.”

Advice from Public Health England includes: 

  • seek immediate advice and help from a pharmacist as soon as you feel unwell, before it gets too serious
  • make sure you’ve got enough of your prescription medicines to see you through the Christmas and New Year period
  • complete the whole course of prescription medicines, even if you start to feel better quickly
  • keep as warm as you can
  • get a free flu vaccination if you’re eligible (children between 2 and 6, pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people under 65 with long term conditions and carers)
  • stock up on winter food supplies
  • keep an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relatives.

If you need help to get your home ready for winter, home improvement grants and loans of up to £10,000 are available to homeowners and private tenants to install heating, insulation or repair leaking roofs. To find out more information on home improvement grants and loans, see housing.

For more information on staying well this winter, see health and wellbeing or www.nhs.uk/winterhealth