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Keep well this winter

There’s a whole range of support and advice on offer to help you keep warm and well this winter. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic, it's more important than ever to look after yourself and those around you.

The NHS website is a great source of information and has lots of up-to-date information on flu vaccinations, the best place to go for medical and wellbeing advice and also ideas of things you can do to help yourself stay fit and healthy over the winter.

The more people can do to look after themselves and their family, friends, neighbours and local communities, the bigger the benefit for themselves and the local health services. The winter months can be challenging for the NHS, especially for urgent care services like the Emergency Department, and the more people can do themselves to stay well, the less pressure is put on overstretched hospitals and doctors surgeries. 

Our ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign explains the best action to take if you start feeling under the weather and a useful flyer is available here.

  • Seeking advice from your pharmacist
    Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can help if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns. Find out more about how a pharmacist can help you here.
  • NHS 111, can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.
    You can call 24 hours a day, every day. Find out more here.
  • GP practice. Information about registering with a GP is available here, together with finding your nearest GP practice.

Below Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Urgent Care Director and Consultant Cardiologist, Will Orr, talks about choosing the right NHS service for you.

Below are some translated videos about coronavirus safety and flu vaccination messages:


Below Berkshire West CCG's Associate Director of Medicines Optimisation, Sanjay Desai, explains the benefits of visiting a pharmacy and how they can help you with minor illnesses.

Below local GP, Dr Angus Tallini talking about Every Mind Matters and good mental health.

Good mental health helps us relax, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing – these questions can help and get you with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips.

Talking Therapies is also a great source of help and information. They offer workshops and have a team of advisors and therapists who can help you. Call: 0300 365 2000.

Kooth is also an online forum for children and young people aged 11-18 years. It provides a seven day a week online platform with a trained counsellor available until 10pm each night. It offers self-help and useful psychological information; moderated peer support alongside supervised and professional support.