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Be Prepared

With NHS services under significant pressure this Winter, you can take some small but important steps to take care of your health and prevent you from needing to access health and social care support. 

Stock up

Be prepared for common health problems by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Here is a list of what is recommended to have stocked at home, recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  • Pain relief such as paracetemol, ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Antihistamines for dealing with allergies and insect bites.
  • Oral rehydration salts to help restore your body's natural balance of fluid and minerals after a high temperature of diarrhoea.
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets. 
  • Antacids for treating stomach aches, heartburn and indigestion,
  • Sun lotion of at least factor 30 - even in Winter you can get sunburnt.
  • First aid kit with bandages, plasters, thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape, tweezers. 

If you need any more advice or support then please speak to a pharmacist


Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common illness and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.

Self-care means looking after yourself in a healthy way. It includes taking preventative steps such as brushing your teeth, taking the right medicine when you have a cold, or doing some exercise.

For information to help you self-care including healthy lifestyle information, a health A-Z of conditions and treatments, or to find your nearest pharmacy for over the counter medicines, visit the NHS website

We're currently seeing a rise in children being admitted with a highly infectious illness known as RSV - watch paediatrician, Dr Ak Hussain, explain how to prevent and treat the illness at home. 

Look after your wellbeing

When we’re feeling worried, down or busy caring for others, it’s even more important to look after our own wellbeing.

There are ways we can all look after our wellbeing. You can also refer yourself to NHS Talking Therapies, without seeing your GP first, to learn ways to overcome common issues such as: trouble sleeping, low mood and worry - and help you to improve your quality of life.

Make time for self-care

Research shows there are five things we can all do to help look after ourselves and maintain good wellbeing

  1. Connect with others – check in on a friend or family member
  2. Eat well – eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated and get your 5 a day
  3. Stay active – exercise for 30 minutes every day
  4. Give to others – volunteer or do an act of kindness
  5. Keep learning – do hobbies or activities that involve learning new skills or knowledge

Get early help from NHS Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies can offer a range of free NHS treatment by phone, online, by video call or in-person.

As well as helping you learn ways to manage your mental health and wellbeing, we can help you with the emotional impact of living with a long term condition such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.

Talk to our friendly team to find out more and refer yourself without seeing your GP first.

Call 0300 365 2000 (8am-8pm, Mon-Thurs and 8am-5pm, Fridays) or complete the online sign-up form:

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Boost your immunity

Due to colder weather which favours transmission, experts have warned there could be a significant flu surge this winter coinciding with continuing or rising COVID-19 cases.

This winter, it’s vital that eligible people come forward for their COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu jab to protect themselves, their loved ones and the NHS.

Get vaccinated. Get boosted. Get protected. Visit to learn more.

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