Stay well this Winter
Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and
people with long-term conditions such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, diabetes or heart
or kidney disease.
Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses. But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter, see here
What steps can you take to help us help you this winter?
Go to your Pharmacy First
Feeling unwell? Don’t wait – get advice from your nearest Pharmacist
At the first sign of a winter illness, even if it’s just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist,
before it gets more serious.
Your local pharmacist is a trained medicine expert who can offer you free, confidential advice and treatment for a wide range of conditions.
Pharmacy First Minor Ailment Scheme
All patients registered with a GP in Dudley can access the Pharmacy First Scheme
To find your nearest participating community pharmacy click here
Make sure your medicine cabinet contains all of the essential items ahead of reduced opening times, bad weather or sickness.
If you take regular medication, make sure you have ordered enough medication to last through the festive period or ask your GP practice for a new prescription.
Get your flu jab
The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to
serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly.
Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine.
To find out more about who should get the flu jab and why click here
Nasal Spray for Children
Flu can be horrible for little children.
The free nasal spray is the best way to protect children from flu. If your child is 2 or 3, speak to your GP about it today.
Extended Access in Dudley
GP Practices in Dudley are offering extended opening hours and additional non-urgent appointments for patients in Dudley
To book an appointment, speak to your practice receptionist.
If you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for clinical advice, assessment
and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment.
You can download the Ask NHS app here
Choose the Right Service This Winter
Choosing the right NHS service for your symptoms means you’ll get the treatment you need, in the right place at the right time.