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Plan ahead for better health this festive season

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People in Cumbria are being urged to prepare for the festive season and make sure they have any necessary medication to hand.

GPs are reminding patients to ensure they have arranged repeat prescriptions to last until the first week of January.

People are also being reminded to ensure their medicine cabinet is well stocked with over the counter remedies to ease the symptoms of common winter illnesses.

“The build up to Christmas can be very busy, but we don’t want people to forget about their health.

"We want our patients to consider whether they need a repeat prescription, and if they do, make arrangements to collect it as soon as possible.

“It is easy to forget to look after yourself at this busy time of year, but we would urge people to stop and think about what they will need to keep themselves as well as they can.

“The usual winter illnesses can make you feel pretty poorly but often there is very little a doctor can do, and it is much better to have to hand a stock of pain killers and other medicines to ease the symptoms. You can look after yourself by making sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids."

– Dr Niall McGreevy, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s Lead GP for Allerdale

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group's tips for staying well this winter include:

  • It’s not too late to get a flu jab – flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, pregnant women, carers and some young children to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
  • Keep warm –If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. If you're under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable.
  • Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.