Boost your readiness for cold winter weather

People with long-term health conditions are being advised to prepare to take extra precautions for cooler temperatures this winter.

Winter can make some health problems worse and lead to serious complications for those aged 65 and over, as well as for people with long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Wintry conditions such as cold temperatures, ice and snow can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure.

But by being prepared for the cold weather, those most at-risk can protect themselves against the worst of the winter weather.

Ways in which you can boost your readiness for winter include getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 as soon as possible, ensure you always have enough medication in and wrap up appropriately when leaving the house.

Dr Peter Gregory, associate medical director for primary care at NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB, said: “This winter is set to be challenging but taking precautions now to ensure you’re ready heading into the colder months will help you stay healthy and well.

“It is vitally important to plan ahead. If you are feeling unwell, seek appropriate help immediately and reduce your chances of developing a more complicated, long-term condition. If you have a long-term condition, check you have enough medication and order any prescriptions in good time.

“If you have elderly or vulnerable friends or family, be sure to check in on them regularly, ask if they are feeling well and make sure they have enough food supplies for a few days if they cannot go out.

“By being prepared and looking out for each other, we can get through the winter safely.”

Receiving COVID-19 and flu vaccinations boosts your immune system ahead of a winter in which the viruses are circulating together for the first time. Information on vaccinations can be found on the NHS website.

If you are feeling unwell, get medical help as soon as you can. Pharmacists are experts in medicine and can treat you for a range of mild illnesses. Alternatively, speak to your GP or use the NHS 111 service ( or call 111) if you have an urgent medical problem and are not sure what to do. In a life-threatening emergency, visit A&E or call 999.

Indoor temperatures should be kept at a minimum of 18 degrees in the rooms you regularly use, such as the living room and bedroom. Councils across Lancashire and South Cumbria are setting up dedicated warm hubs this winter, with details available via our website:

For more information on how to stay well this winter, visit the NHS England website:

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