Don’t swallow up your NHS - use it wisely this winter
Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45 for GP consultation time, cost of the medication, and dispensing fee
You can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.
Be prepared and stock up on winter essentials today:
- pain relief (paracetamol)
- cough and sore throat remedies
- first aid kit
- upset stomach treatment
- rehydration treatment
- heartburn and indigestion treatment
Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but will help to save the NHS much needed resources.
Your local pharmacist can offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for your symptoms – no appointment needed. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you.
For further information on staying well this winter click HERE
Here are our other top tips
- Get a flu vaccine - some people are eligible for a free flu vaccine and can get one from their GP practice. But if you're not eligible for a free vaccine, why not consider getting one anyway? For a small charge, you can get one from your local pharmacy and it'll help protect you from flu this winter.
- Keep warm keep well - cold weather can affect your health. Find out how to keep yourself well and your home warm during winter.
- Wash your hands! - winter is a prime time for sharing bugs, and let's be fair no one wants your bugs. Find out about how to reduce the spread of winter illnesses.
- Look out for others - there are lots of ways you can do your bit to help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in your community. The person you're helping will reap health benefits, and you'll find you will as well.
- Look after your mental health from the winter blues - lots of people get depressed in winter, or suffer from "the winter blues". The medical name for this winter depression is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
- Wipe out winter tiredness - do you find it harder to roll out of bed in winter when the temperature drops and the mornings are darker? If so, you're not alone. Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter.