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Keep warm, keep well

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The cold winter weather can cause serious illness, colds and general discomfort. There are some simple things you can do to prepare for winter to keep warm and healthy.

Visit the NHS Choices Website for details of how you can keep yourself and your family well this Winter.

Read government advice on staying warm and healthy in winter (pdf 248KB).

Look after yourself and your family's health 

The cold weather doesn't have to mean illness. There are simple steps you can take to make sure you keep well this winter:

  • Find out if you can have a free flu jab. The flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
  • Eat well. Food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
  • Keep warm. This can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions.

The NHS has lots more information on keeping warm and healthy this winter.

Feeling under the weather? The Health Help Now website can help you to find the right treatment for your symptoms.

For serious health concerns, dial 111. For emergencies, ring 999.  

Reduce your energy bills

You can reduce your gas and electricity usage by following some simple energy saving tips:

  • Close outside doors and curtains at night
  • Don't overfill your kettle, boil only the water you need
  • Let food cool to room temperature before you put it in the fridge or freezer
  • Switch off electrical appliances at the wall, don't leave them on standby

Financial help

If you need help staying warm this winter, you may be eligible for: