Here at Plymouth City Council we want to wish everyone in Plymouth a very happy and healthy Christmas. Here are some useful hints and tips to help you and your family enjoy the festive season and keep warm and well as the weather gets colder. Merry Christmas!
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health and Dr Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health
Top tips to keep you warm, safe and well this Christmas
- Keeping warm – Heating your living room to 21°C (70°F), and the rest of the house to 18°C (65°F) – and wearing lots of thin layers will help keep you warm. If you can’t afford to heat the whole house, heating your living room and bedroom will help. If you have elderly relatives or neighbours who live alone, try and make an effort to check on them too. Find out how to make your home more energy efficient with Plymouth Energy Community.
- Keeping well – A well stocked medicine cabinet will help you and your family deal with mild illnesses such as coughs and colds, headaches and sore throats. Pharmacists are highly qualified health professionals and can advise you on the best medicines. Repeat prescriptions should be ordered from your GP in plenty of time before Christmas as many practices are busy and have limited opening hours.
- Get your free flu jab – if you are in one of the at risk groups – pregnant, over 65, have a long term health condition or care for someone in one of these groups – you should get your free flu jab. There is also a nasal spray for children aged 2-4 years. More information is at plymouth.gov.uk/flujabs
- Choose well – Services will be busy over Christmas, so choose well.
– For minor illnesses, speak to your local pharmacist, or if you’re not sure which service is right for you, call 111 or visit nhs.uk for further advice. The Pharmacy rota for Plymouth is available here.
– For minor injuries such as cuts, small burns, sprains, visit Plymouth minor injuries unit at the Cumberland Centre in Devonport, near Plymouth Albion rugby club (set your sat nav to PL1 4JZ). The MIU is open from 8.30am to 9pm every day.
– GPs will have limited opening hours over Christmas and you should only visit the Emergency Department in case of serious illness or injury. Only call 999 for critical or life-threatening situations.
For more information go to www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk and search ‘choose well’.
- Enjoy yourself safely – Many people enjoy a drink at Christmas but it’s important to stay safe and know the amount you can drink in a day without risking your health. More information is at drinkaware.co.uk
- New year, new you – After all that festive indulgence, you may want to find ways to improve your health and wellbeing. For information on healthy living in Plymouth, go to plymouth.gov.uk/thrive or http://www.plymouthcommunityhealthcare.co.uk/livewell/livewell-home-page/
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