With the colder months now upon us, make sure you are ready for winter and help yourself and others to stay safe and well. Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
It may be cold outside, but winter needn't be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family. Here are some top tips to make sure that, even when your body is telling you to hibernate, you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather's like.
Remember, if you are unwell there are a number of ways that you can access local healthcare services.
Lots of problems can be treated just by looking after yourself. Making sure you have over-the-counter products such as painkillers, antiseptics and plasters in your medicine cupboard means that if you or your family becomes unwell, you have something to help.
Visiting your pharmacist can be a quick way of accessing medical help and advice. As well as dispensing prescriptions, they provide a wide range of services and immediate help and advice on many illnesses such as cold and flu, stomach upsets and sore throats.
However, if you or a family member has a condition that you or your pharmacist cannot treat you should contact your GP or NHS 111.
If you have a condition that needs prompt medical help to avoid it deteriorating, but is not life-threatening, then you can access the urgent treatment centre at Tameside Hospital or the primary care access service offers appointment times outside traditional GP practice hours.
Finally, we would both like to stress that your local NHS service is still open and if you have appointments please make sure you attend them or contact your GP if you have any unusual symptoms.