Stay Well This Winter

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter.

Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather. This includes:

  • People aged 65 and older

  • Babies and children under the age of 5

  • People on a low income (struggling to afford heating)

  • People who have a long-term health condition

  • People with a disability

  • Pregnant women

  • People who have a mental health condition

Get advice if you feel unwell

If you are 65 or over, or in one of the other at-risk groups, it's important to get medical help as soon as you feel unwell.

You can get help and advice from:

  • A pharmacy – pharmacists can give treatment advice for a range of minor illnesses and can tell you if you need to see a doctor

  • Your GP – you may be able to speak to a GP online or over the phone, or go in for an appointment if they think you need to

  • NHS 111 – go to > or call 111 if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.

Look out for vulnerable neighbours

This year due to lockdowns and isolation, many people have spent more time alone. Please remember to look out for your neighbours who may be more vulnerable during the winter months. While we must continue to follow the latest government guidance and keep to social distancing, it’s important that we still look out for each other. If you have concerns about an elderly or vulnerable neighbour please contact your Housing Officer. A list of Housing Officers and how to contact them can be found on the website -

Keep your home warm

Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home:

  • If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C

  • Keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep bedroom windows closed

  • If you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, as long as you're comfortable

  • Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but do not use both at the same time

  • Have at least one hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm

  • Have hot drinks regularly

  • Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts

  • Please let us in to complete your annual gas service and get your heating system checked.

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