Help us help you – stay well this winter campaign
In Doncaster, we are actively supporting the national NHS winter campaign to help you stay as well as you possibly can during the winter months.
Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That’s why it’s important to look after yourself, especially during the cold winter months. If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or a cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.
Seasonal coughs and colds are very common during the winter period. You can ask your chemist what medicines should be in your cabinet and how to help you and your family get through the winter season.
Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments such as cold, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache). You can always seek advice at the first sign of a cough or cold before it gets more serious.
Doncaster’s winter campaign will run until the end of January and focus on four key areas to help you stay well. And if you do become ill, it is important that you take early action to prevent your condition from getting worse.
Key focus areas of the campaign:
- Flu vaccinations
- Medication requests
- Supporting and looking out for older and vulnerable people
- Choosing the right service.
- Stay well all year leaflet
- Help us help you – stay well this winter in Doncaster web banner
- Help us help you – stay well this winter in Doncaster web e-signature
- Help us help you – stay well this winter in Doncaster electronic advert
We have a number of community packs, aimed at local voluntary, community and faith groups which include posters, leaflets and business cards with the campaign information. If you would like to receive a pack or you would like this information in a different format, please contact us.
Other helpful information
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.
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.
Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.
To reduce the risk of spreading flu:
- 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.