Self-care tips for winter

What is Stay Well This Winter?

The Vale of York's Stay Well This Winter initiative encourages the people of Vale of York to self-treat minor illnesses and ailments at home, saving them a trip to see their GP in the process. Read more

People are also encouraged to stock up on over-the-counter remedies, food and knowledge to help them stay well during Christmas and new year holiday season and beyond. 

  • Stock up on over-the-counter remedies and ensure you have enough prescription           medicine for the Christmas and new year holidays
  • Stock up on knowledge (pharmacy and GP weekend and bank holiday opening times)
  • Stock up on food and essentials (to keep you going when unwell)

Advice from local GPs about staying well

Vale of York GPs have developed a suite of useful information to help people stay well during the upcoming holiday season and throughout winter. Learn more

Have you had your flu vaccine?

The most effective way to protect yourself from flu every year is to have the flu jab but, be that as it may, many people remain reluctant to roll up their sleeves.

Pregnant women, young children and people aged 65 and over are among those being encouraged to have their free flu vaccinations this winter. Learn more

Help keep norovirus out of hospitals

Norovirus causes a sudden feeling of sickness, vomiting and diarrhoea, while some people might have a slight fever, headaches, stomach cramps and aching limbs. Learn more

Extra GP appointments available this winter

Vale of York residents that are registered with a GP will benefit from extra GP appointments over the festive period and up to the middle of January 2018. Read more

Top tips to stay well this winter

Dr Andrew Phillips, a local GP and a joint medical director at the CCG, gives his top tips to stay well this winter. Read more

Vale of York pharmacy Christmas and new year holiday opening hours 

Some pharmacies in the Vale of York will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and can offer treatments and free advice on common illnesses and ailments, including colds, flu, minor rashes and pain relief. Read more  Download opening hours 

Choose the right care, first time

If you're unwell over the holidays, make sure you know which healthcare service to use to get the right care, first time. Read more

Further reading

There's loads of online resources which can provide more information to help you stay well this winter...

Stay Well This Winter
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