Winter can be seriously bad for our health but there a number of things you can do to keep you and your family well this Christmas.
Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people aged 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections.
Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious, get help from your pharmacist. The sooner you get advice the better – pharmacists are here to help you stay well this winter.
If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, please call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk who can direct you to a local service that is open.
Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for more information.
Pharmacies open over the holidays
A list of Camden pharmacies which will be open over the Christmas and New Year period (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) is available. If you’ve been prescribed medication, don’t forget to pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start.
In addition to booking an appointment at your GP surgery over the holiday period, you can book an evening or weekend appointment at one of Camden’s four a GP Hubs Camden GP Hub appointments are available seven days a week (Monday to Friday from 6.30pm to 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 8pm) for anyone who lives in the borough of Camden or who is registered with a Camden GP.
Appointments are available on all the bank holidays over the festive period including Christmas Day.
To book, phone 020 7391 9979 (open 8am-8pm, seven days a week), contact your GP surgery in the usual way or submit a request on the Camden GP Hub website.
The service operates at the following locations:
- Brondesbury Medical Centre, NW6 7JQ
- Somers Town Medical Centre, NW1 1HY
- Caversham Group Practice, NW5 2UP
- Swiss Cottage Surgery, NW3 3NP