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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. 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.

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Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

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Here to help you stay well this winter

Call 111. If you need medical help fast, but it’s not life threatening or you’re not sure where to go, a 111 adviser will assess you and direct you to the best placed service in your area. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Ask a pharmacist. They’re highly trained healthcare experts, on everything from colds to long-term conditions.

Visit a walk-in centre. They’re mainly run by nurses who can treat minor illnesses and injuries on the spot. You don’t need an appointment and they’re open outside office hours.

Contact your GP. Many GPs can offer advice over the phone and can arrange referral to a hospital specialist if you need it.

A&E departments. They’re there for life-threatening emergencies. But if you’re not sure whether it is an emergency, call 111 first.

For more information and advice visit www.nhs.uk/staywell 

For information about GP access around Birmingham over Christmas 2017, please click here.