The local NHS today issued a ‘six of the best’ guide on how to stay warm and well during the cold snap.
Dr Linda Collie, a GP speaking on behalf of the three Portsmouth area clinical commissioning groups, which plan many health services in the area, said: “It’s important we do what we can for ourselves to stay well throughout the colder spell.
“Many everyday illnesses can best be treated at home. Keep a supply of medicines for coughs, colds and minor illnesses, but keep them in a safe place and well out of the reach of children - and seek advice the pharmacy if you start to feel unwell. We have many excellent community pharmacies across the area, and they are a super resource.
“It’s particularly important to check on elderly relatives and neighbours during winter.
“Popping in to say ‘hello’ quickly can make the world of difference, especially to people who live alone and may find it difficult to go out when it’s colder, particularly if the pavements get icy or are covered with slippery leaves.”
Here are six top tips:
Dr Collie added: “If you do start to feel unwell, please only go to the Emergency Department (ED) at Queen Alexandra Hospital if it is a genuine emergency. It is their busiest time of the year and ED should be kept free for people with the most urgent needs. There are other options, such as the 111 service and the NHS Choices website is excellent for all sorts of tips and advice – www.nhs.uk.”