Be Winter Well Campaign 2020/21
Local health and care organisations have launched a new ‘Be Winter Well’ campaign to help Doncaster residents stay as well as possible during the cold months ahead.
This year’s campaign focuses on informing people of the wide variety of health services available within the town and helping them prepare for winter illnesses and ailments. With coronavirus rates still rising in the area, the campaign also aims to help people understand how they can best protect their health and support their mental wellbeing during this challenging time.
As the cold weather and dark nights roll in, winter can be seriously bad for your health. Coronavirus has dominated the news this year, but as we move into winter, flu, norovirus and other common winter bugs can spread very fast.
One of the key messages from this year’s campaign is the importance of being prepared for just in case you get ill, by knowing what services are available in your local area, and by having a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home to enable you to self-care from the very start. Another way to protect your health this winter is to have a flu jab. Some people, such as those with long term health conditions, are eligible for a free flu jab and should contact their local practice or pharmacy to arrange one if you haven’t done so already. For others, you may still be able to purchase a flu jab from a pharmacy and ensure you are protected from risk of catching influenza.
There are many health and care services available in Doncaster as well as local practices who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and have adapted care to keep patients and staff as safe as possible. This may mean patients are offered a telephone consultations or video call with a health professionals and a face to face appointments if clinically needed. There is also; NHS 111 and online, Local Pharmacies, The Same Day Health Centre, GP Out of Hours service, Urgent Treatment Centre and the Doncaster Health Bus is on tour each week in various locations across the town.
Key focus areas of the campaign:
- Coronavirus guidance
- Choosing the right health service
- Flu vaccinations
- Medication requests
- Supporting vulnerable people
- Stay mentally well
- Using online health services
Other helpful information
Doncaster Council’s Winter Booklet
Each year the council publishes a winter booklet full of helpful information to help you stay well over the colder months. Download the latest copy here: Doncaster Council Winter Booklet 20-21
It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
Heat your home to at least 18C (65F). You might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer.
Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights – breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.
Keep as active as possible when you’re indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so. Wear several layers of light clothes. They trap warm air better than one bulky layer.
Know when pharmacies and health services are open over the bank holiday period by taking a look at our Doncaster Bank Holiday Public Information Pack.
Make sure you’re receiving all the help that you’re entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and keep up with your energy bills at www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm.
And check your heating and cooking appliances are safe. Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure these are operating properly.
Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.
Coronavirus and flu are very infectious and are spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.
To reduce the risk of spreading the viruses:
- use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
- wash your hands often with warm water and soap
- bin used tissues as quickly as possible
Doncaster Council services over the winter
In previous winters Doncaster, like much of the UK, suffered from severe bouts of weather which caused disruption and had dramatic effects on everyday life. To help you better prepare for winter ahead, Doncaster Council have a dedicated web page containing important information, contacts and web links which may be helpful to bookmark.