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Be ‘health wise’ this winter – make the right choice for your needs

Hounslow residents are being urged to take care of themselves and their family’s wellbeing this winter by being ‘health wise’ and making sure they choose the right NHS service for their health needs during the colder months.

It’s important that everyone is aware of the best ways of looking after themselves this winter and knows which local NHS services are available to them.

Hounslow CCG has some top tips to help residents be health wise this winter:

  • Make sure you have had your flu jab, available through your local pharmacist or GP. It’s free if you are 65 or over, are pregnant or, a carer or have a long term condition, such as diabetes.
  • Make sure your prescription will last over Christmas or throughout any bad weather.
  • Keep warm by wearing several thin layers inside and outside the home, and by eating healthy hot food and drink hot liquids regularly.
  • If you have any underlying health condition such as diabetes or heart disease and you feel unwell, don’t wait for it to get worse. Call NHS 111, make an appointment with your GP or visit your local pharmacy for advice.
  • Local pharmacists are highly trained, and their advice is free. You don’t need an appointment and they can tell you what to do and point you towards the right treatments if you’re feeling under the weather.
  • Walk in centres and urgent care centres offer treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, and patients can be seen without an appointment.
  • Think! Do I really need A&E: Accident and emergency departments are for emergency care only. They should only be used for serious illness and for critical life threatening conditions.

If you are worried or concerned about your health or that of a loved one in colder weather, speak to your GP or pharmacist for more information on how to choose well, prevent illness and be health wise this winter.

NHS walk-in and urgent care centres are available at:

West Middlesex University Hospital
Twickenham Road
TW7 6A

Ealing Hospital
Uxbridge Road

Teddington Memorial Hospital
Hampton Road
TW11 0JL