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Winter wellness

As the cold weather and dark nights roll in, winter can have a bad effect on your health and wellbeing. Health and care services across Frimley are here to support you to stay well this winter.

On this page we’ve shared information to help you stay well this winter.

10 tips to help you stay well this winter:

  • Know where to go if you need help and support and choose the right healthcare service for your needs
  • Look after your mental health
  • Get your flu jab
  • Get your COVID-19 vaccination or COVID-19 booster if you’re eligible
  • Stay active
  • Eat well
  • Keep your home warm
  • Beware of slips, trips and falls
  • Stay safe and follow the latest COVID-19 guidance
  • If you are not feeling well and have COVID or flu like symptoms self isolate and take a test.
    https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
  • Look out for your friends, family and neighbours.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year.

Remember to order your repeat prescriptions in advance. 

Details of local pharmacies that are open during the holiday season will be available here soon. Please keep an eye on this page for the most up to date information.  

Many of us get ill over winter, especially with coughs, colds and flu, but there are lots of things you can do to manage your winter illness yourself and help prevent catching it from others.

For more information and where to go, visit our Know where to go page.

Self-care is about looking after your own health and making the right choices about where to go for help and advice when you need it. Many common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home – talk to your pharmacist about remedies and advice on what to do.

Keep a well-stocked medical cabinet. This could include: pain killers, rehydration mixture, indigestion remedies, cold and flu remedies, first aid kit with bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes and cream, eyewash, medical tape, sterile dressing and thermometer. Find more advice about what to keep in your medicine cabinet.

Winter brings with it a number of minor health problems that you can also deal with at home or with help from your from colds and sore throats to painful joints and dry skin.

Cases of respiratory illness such as bronchiolitis in children are higher at the moment. Symptoms can be worrying, the NHS Frimley Healthier Together website provides expert advice and support to parents and carers to help them manage a range of common childhood illnesses themselves and equally recognise when they need call their GP, 111 or visit the emergency department. For advice at your finger tips visit: https://frimley-healthiertogether.nhs.uk/

There are plenty of things you can do to help you stay well this winter.

Covid 19 vaccination 

Help protect yourself, your friends and family by having the COVID-19 vaccination.

If you haven’t already had your covid jab you can find details of walk-in clinics and more information on the vaccine on our COVID-19 pages.

Flu vaccination

The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly.

This year getting the flu vaccine is important because:

  • more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill
  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses.

For more information, and to see if your eligible for the free vaccine visit: find more information at www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine

A cold home can have a big impact on your health. One of the best ways of keeping well is to stay warm, you should:

  • keep your home warm - with the main living room between 18-21°C (64-70°F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16°C (61°F).
  • wrap up warm - several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer,
  • keep active - by moving around at least once an hour and not sitting down for long periods of time,
  • eating well - try and have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.

For more information on grants and making your home warmer, visit the Warm Front Scheme website.

You can also visit: https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/

The dark winter months can bring a host of mental health issues to the forefront of our minds. Be kind to yourself and make time for things that make you happy. From a simple cuppa, reading a book, to a warm bath, take moments to have some calm time and a break away from the stresses of everyday life.

Christmas can be one of the most challenging times for people who may have lost loved ones or be struggling at home. It’s really important we take time to ask one another ‘are you ok?’ and encourage people to talk.

How we feel can change from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. If you’re struggling we’ve got some tips to support your mental wellbeing.

There are many people of all ages living with mental health problems and if you or someone you care about is struggling, try just taking one of the NHS five steps to wellbeing to improve your mental health:

  • Connect with other people – good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can help you to build a sense of belonging, provide an opportunity to share positive experiences and give emotional support.
  • Be physically active – Keeping active is a great way to improve your mental wellbeing, but this doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. Take a walk, have a kickabout in the garden or just dance around the living room to your favourite music.
  • Learn new skills – research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing boosting your self-confidence and giving you a sense of purpose.
  • Give to others – acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings and help you connect with other people.
  • Pay attention to the present moment – Take some time to be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Everyone’s mental wellbeing changes throughout their life, but it’s important never to just put up with poor mental health. If you’re concerned about how you are feeling, please speak to your GP or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/.

There are many local and online mental health services which can provide support and guidance at times when you or someone you know might need help with their mental health. Find out what’s available locally to you, by visiting our mental health and wellbeing support pages.  

Helpful national resources:

Food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. Try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet with the right types of foods is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best.

Change4Life has loads of healthy eating tips and recipes, and fun ways to exercise. Change4Life is here to help you and your kids eat well and move more.

Find out more about eating well on the NHS website.

There’s strong evidence that people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia. Regular exercise can help improve your mental health, reduce the risk of falling and can be beneficial for recovery if you do get ill.

Try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting down during the day. Break up your time spent being inactive by walking around your home or standing up from your chair during TV advert breaks or when you’re on the phone.

There are many activities you could do at home, such as walking up and down stairs, dancing, gardening, housework, or taking part in online fitness classes.

It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s something you enjoy and keeps you moving. Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel
comfortable and trust your instincts about your own limits. Stop if you are feeling any pain or lightheaded and stay hydrated.

For tips on keeping active go to www.nhs.uk/keepactive.

Remember that other people, such as older neighbours, friends and family members, may need a bit of extra help over the winter.

There’s a lot you can do to help people who are more frail than you.

Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery, and cold weather can stop people from getting out and about.

Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling under the weather.

Make sure they’re stocked up with enough food supplies for a few days, in case they can’t go out. If they do need to go out in the cold, encourage them to wear shoes with a good grip and a scarf around the mouth to protect them from the cold air, and to reduce their risk of chest infections.

Make sure they get any prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays start and if bad weather is forecast.

If they need help over the holiday period when the GP practice or pharmacy is closed or they’re not sure what to do, NHS 111 can help. The service is available online at 111.nhs.uk and also by phone. By answering questions about their health problem they will be told what to do and where to go. You can also find information at www.nhs.uk.

Local voluntary and local authority colleagues are here to support the most vulnerable people in our local area.

We have drawn together a range of information on this page to help you find the most appropriate services for your needs.

Home/Community Support | Frimley Health and Care

Bracknell Forest Council:

Opening times 23 December - 3 January: Christmas opening times - 23 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 | Bracknell Forest Council (bracknell-forest.gov.uk)

Bin collections over the holiday season: Bins and recycling | Bracknell Forest Council (bracknell-forest.gov.uk)

Children's and family services: Children and family services | Bracknell Forest Council (bracknell-forest.gov.uk)

Health and social care: Health and social care | Bracknell Forest Council (bracknell-forest.gov.uk)

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead: 

Bin collection dates over the holiday season: Holiday collection dates | Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (rbwm.gov.uk)

Useful contacts: Contact us | Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (rbwm.gov.uk)

Slough Borough Council:

Bin collection dates over the holiday season: Bank holiday collection dates – Slough Borough Council

Christmas recycling: Christmas recycling – Slough Borough Council

Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF) back for Christmas period: Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF) back for Christmas period – Slough Borough Council

Hampshire County Council:

Bin collections over the holiday season: Waste prevention and recycling | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Adult social care: Adult social care | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Children and Family services: Children and families | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Hart District Council: 

Bin collections over the holiday season: Waste & Recycling | Hart District Council

Adult social care: Adult social care | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Children and Family services: Children and families | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Rushmoor Borough Council:

Bin collections over the holiday season: New recycling and rubbish collection service - Rushmoor Borough Council

Christmas tree recycling: Christmas trees - Rushmoor Borough Council

Adult social care: Adult social care | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Children and Family services: Children and families | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Waverley Borough Council: 

Bin collections over the holiday season: Check bin collection day | Rubbish and recycling collections | Bins and recycling | Services | Waverley Borough Council

Contacts list: Waverley Borough Council - Contact us

Adult social care: Care and support for adults - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

Children's social care: Children's social care - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk) 

Surrey County Council:

Bin collections over the holiday season: Waste and recycling - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

Adult social care: Care and support for adults - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

Children's social care: Children's social care - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)