Stay well this winter

1. Safe, warm and well in Stockport

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Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you're aged 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

We want to help protect you and those you care for. The NHS website’s winter health advice provides some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter:

  • keep warm – this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia
  • eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day
  • get a flu jab. See the information about flu vaccines for adults and children

The leaflets from Public Health England and Age UK/NHS give advice on staying well in cold weather, covering issues such as financial help, healthy lifestyle, flu jabs and heating.

You can find the Public Health England and NHS cold weather plan for England on GOV.UK, including a cold weather plan easy read guide.

Cold Weather Alerting Service

Public Health England’s (PHE) Cold Weather and Heat-Health Alerting Service, operated by the Met Office, keeps you updated with cold weather alerts. You can register for the PHE alerting service.

Look after each other

The coronavirus pandemic has seen Stockport’s communities come together to look after their neighbours and wider community. Be a good neighbour this winter and check on older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses. A knock on the door or phone call to check they are ok will be welcome. If you are willing, share your telephone number with your neighbour in case they were to have an accident or were unwell.