We may have enjoyed one of the mildest and driest Autumns for a while but Winter is certainly upon us now and once again the most vulnerable are at risk from the falling temperatures. Stockport Council has launched its ‘Stay Well this Winter Campaign’ with the following tips on staying looking after yourself – and others – during the big chill:
- Get a flu jab – flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, pregnant women, carers and some young children to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
- Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
- Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F).
- Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights.
- Keep active when you’re indoors.
- Wear several layers of light clothes.
- Check your heating and cooking appliances are safe.
- Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery and cold weather can stop people from getting out and about. Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling under the weather.
- Make sure they’re stocked up with enough food supplies for a few days, in case they can’t go out. If they do need to go out in the cold, encourage them to wear shoes with a good grip and a scarf around the mouth to protect them from the cold air, and to reduce their risk of chest infections.
- And make sure they get any prescription medicines before the holidays start on 24 December and if bad weather is forecast.
If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 and speak to a call adviser who will be able to direct you to a local service that is open.
Councillor John Pantall, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Independence & Wellbeing, said: “The Council wants to make sure that Stockport residents are warm and healthy during this winter. That’s why we are making sure we give people information and advice so it enables them to look after themselves and others, as well as to know where to go for urgent advice, especially at weekends and holidays.”
Stockport Council will be working in partnership with the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group and local voluntary organisations, such as Age UK Stockport, to ensure it tackles the avoidable effects on health during periods of cold weather, as well as responds in a timely way to any disruptions due to excess cold weather.
For more information visit www.stockport.gov.uk/winterwell