Winter can bring serious health problems, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term conditions. We want to help protect you and those you care for. Read on for more advice and help us help you.
By following official guidance, people can work in partnership with the NHS to stay well, prevent an illness getting worse and take the best course of action if you think you have an urgent health need.
The free flu vaccination is offered to people who are at increased risk from the effects of flu. Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination – if you’re eligible, you need it now. Call your GP surgery or see a local pharmacist to get your jab.
There are NHS services you can use to treat less serious injuries and illnesses. Don’t wait until you get worse, ask your pharmacist for expert confidential advice or visit nhs.uk for approved health advice about where to get the right treatment. Your GP now offers extended opening hours.
If you have an urgent health problem that can’t wait, call NHS 111 at any time of the day or night to speak to trained health advisors. You will receive an assessment of your symptoms before being directed to the best care. If it is life-threatening or an emergency, call 999.