Stay Well this Winter

It is important that everyone looks after themselves during the winter months, particularly during colder weather.

There are a lot of resources that the public can refer to for simple tips and advice on their health and any concerns they may have: 

  • The NHS Choices website has information on alcohol intake, healthy eating, how to treat common ailments at home and how you can help look out for others. 
  • NHS 111 is a free service which the public can call for non-urgent medical advice.
  • Pharmacists can be accessed all year round and are trained medical professionals who can provide health advice and over the counter treatments.
  • Age UK has some winter wrapped up advice, as well as advice on combatting loneliness along with a range of support that people can access.
  • Cumbria County Council have launched a Winter Ready Campaign with advice on winter driving, helping each other, emergency planning, financial support and health.
  • North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning group winter webpage has lots of information and winter health advice helping you to stay well this winter.
  • If you are a parent or carer of a child aged 0-5 years you can view an NHS guide here, which includes lots of useful hints and tips from experts in child health including hospital specialists, doctors, health visitors and pharmacists. There is also information on the free 'NHS Child Health' app which can be downloaded on Google play and in the App Store.

5 Key Recommendations:
1. Make sure you get your flu jab if you are eligible. NHS professionals, people over 65, those living with long term conditions, carers, pregnant woman and children aged 2-3 are all eligible for free flu jabs. These are available through GP surgeries, your local pharmacy or regular clinics for NHS staff.
2. Visit your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel unwell with the symptoms of a respiratory winter illness.
3. Keep your home at 18°C (65°F) or higher if you can.
4. Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating.
5. Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter.

The NHS in Cumbria is also asking the public to plan in advance by ensuring any repeat prescriptions are ordered early, and that everyone has a well stocked medicine cabinet at home.

Information on which service you should choose based on your needs is explained in the picture below, and you can scroll down for news relating to winter health.


NHS Trust’s encourage all staff to get vaccinated against flu.

From Our Community Health Team NHS Trust’s encourage all staff to get vaccinated against flu.

The flu jab offers the best protection against the flu, find out how you can protect yourself and others

Barrow locals pledge to stay active!

From Our Community Health Team Barrow locals pledge to stay active!

In the lead up to Self-Care Awareness Week, Barrow locals learnt about the importance of keeping moving

Embracing Self Care Week

From Our Community Health Team Embracing Self Care Week

Raising awareness of Support for Self Care across Communities

Top tips for Living with Heart Failure

Trust-wide News Top tips for Living with Heart Failure

A Heart Failure Nurse in Cumbria is sharing top tips to help you look after your heart.

Marking World COPD Day 15th November

Trust-wide News Marking World COPD Day 15th November

Cumbrian patients prove that you can live well with chronic lung conditions

​Trust urgess people to choose the right care after a slip or fall

​Trust urgess people to choose the right care after a slip or fall

Bay Health and Care partners offer advice this winter

Breathing classes help Tony become King of the Castle

Breathing classes help Tony become King of the Castle

Pulmonary rehabilitation classes help Kendal man breathe more easily.

How Keeping a Well Stocked Medicine Cabinet will Benefit you this Winter

How Keeping a Well Stocked Medicine Cabinet will Benefit you this Winter

Health Professionals urge the public to keep a well stocked medicine cabinet as winter approaches.

Stay well this winter

Stay well this winter

Get your flu jab

Cumbria NHS Trusts join forces to fight flu this winter

Cumbria NHS Trusts join forces to fight flu this winter

Trusts aim to get record number of staff vaccinated

Record number of staff at CPFT get their flu jab

Record number of staff at CPFT get their flu jab

The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu virus

Alternatives to A&E

Alternatives to A&E

For people in South Cumbria, the Primary Care Assessment Service, PCAS, is an alternative to A&E

New year, new you. Time to move off the couch!

New year, new you. Time to move off the couch!

The public are being urged to consider eating well and exercising more

Modern life responsible for ‘worrying’ health in middle age

Modern life responsible for ‘worrying’ health in middle age

Public Health England urges adults to consider steps to improve their health

Be prepared this Christmas: Health advice and support

Be prepared this Christmas: Health advice and support

Advice on self-care and what services to use for your needs over the Christmas period, including local pharmacy opening times.

Public asked to choose wisely before using A&E services this Christmas

Public asked to choose wisely before using A&E services this Christmas

NCUH are asking the public to only use A&E for serious or life-threatening emergencies during their busiest time of the year

A poem about loneliness

A poem about loneliness

By Jane Smith, Lead Governor

Online guidance available to help poorly children over the festive season

Online guidance available to help poorly children over the festive season

New advice online for parents when they are unsure of whether to treat their childs symtoms at home or seek medical advice

Plan ahead for better health this festive season

Plan ahead for better health this festive season

People living in Cumbria are being urged to prepare for the festive season and make sure they have any necessary medicines to hand

Self Care Week: Make the most of your NHS

Self Care Week: Make the most of your NHS

During Self Care Week we want to remind you about why it’s important to choose well when accessing local health services

Supporting Self Care Week in the community

Supporting Self Care Week in the community

Self Care Week is a national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations

‘Keep calm and look after yourself’ to combat those common winter illnesses

From Our Community Health Team ‘Keep calm and look after yourself’ to combat those common winter illnesses

The NHS in Cumbria is joining forces once again this year to urge Cumbrians to ‘Keep calm and look after yourself’ to combat the usual winte

Don’t be left out in the cold, understand how to look after your winter ailments

From Our Community Health Team Don’t be left out in the cold, understand how to look after your winter ailments

During Self Care Week we want to support you to self care for life and understand how to take better care of yourself and your family