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Winter can be seriously bad for our health but there are a number of things you can do to keep your family and yourself well this winter.  If you start to feel unwell even if it's just a cough or cold, don't wait until it gets more serious, get help from your local pharmacist.  The sooner you get advice the better – pharmacists are here to help you stay well this winter.

It is important to keep warm during cold spells both indoors and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks strokes pneumonia and depression.  Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can; you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.

Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours, and supporting them in the cold weather can help them Stay Well This Winter.


Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. Coughs and colds, grazes or a hangover and other minor illnesses can be treated at home - in fact, that's the best place for you.  

Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays.

  • Make sure you speak to your local pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock to help get you and your family through the winter season.
  • Make sure you're receiving all the help to heat your home that you are entitled to. Find out more here:

A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest - THINK FIRST, DON'T GO TO A&E!

Make sure that your medicine cabinet is well stocked with:

  • Paracetamol
  • A thermometer
  • Antihistamines
  • Aspirin (not for under 16yrs)
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine
  • Plasters
  • Indigestion remedy

If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit who can direct you to a local service that is open.

For more information about self care please visit