Winter conditions can be bad for our health. There are several things you can do, however, to keep you and your family well this winter.
Protect yourself from coronavirus
Wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands regularly can help protect you against coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, such as a high temperature, new, continuous cough or a change to your sense of taste or smell, it’s important you get tested as soon as possible. You can apply for a test by calling 119 or online via www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Get your flu jab
Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu. If you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition you should have the flu jab. If you have young children or are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may also be eligible for a free flu jab. It’s safe and the best way to stay protected from the flu virus.
Children can receive their vaccination as a nasal spray. Pre-school children can be vaccinated at their GP practice. Children from reception to year 7 will be vaccinated at school. Parents will need to complete a consent form for the jab to be given.
Adults can get the vaccine via their GP or at many local pharmacies. Find out more: www.nhs.uk/staywell
See a pharmacist early
Pharmacists can give advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses. The sooner you get advice the better. Don’t wait until it gets more serious. Find your nearest pharmacy: www.nhs.uk / 0300 311 22 33.
Evening and weekend appointments with a GP or Nurse
If you are feeling unwell, and it’s not coronavirus symptoms, you can get advice from your GP practice or book an evening or weekend appointment at one of Haringey’s primary care hubs. Appointments will take place over the phone, with face-to-face appointments offered where necessary.
Appointments are available:
To make an appointment, you can call your own GP practice during normal business hours or call 0330 053 9499 during the hub opening hours. The hubs are also open on public holidays.
If you do need help when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, dial 111. NHS 111 provides medical advice and can direct you to the right service for your needs. It is free to call and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The NHS website also has lots of handy tips that can help you and your family stay well during the cold season. Find out more: www.nhs.uk/winterhealth