Winter Response


Watch the video above on how your local pharmacist can keep you well.  You can also watch the video on You Tube see here

Help Us, Help You – Before It Gets Worse.

In winter, pressures on A&E departments increase substantially, particularly admissions for winter respiratory illnesses, putting an additional, but in some cases avoidable, burden on the NHS.

We want you to take better care of your health as the colder months approach, by promoting self-care and having a winter plan (see below) so you help us to help you before your condition gets worse.

To find out more, visit: or view the local 'Winter in Oxfordshire' site for advice and tips on how to stay well.

Working with Age UK

OCCG has worked with Age UK Oxfordshire to support the publication of a useful booklet full of tips and advice for older people on being prepared for winter. It includes:

  • a checklist list of items needed for having a winter plan
  • how to access a 'message in a wallet' card which tells the emergency services if you have any illnesses or allergies
  • fire safety advice
  • benefits advice for helping you to stay warm over winter

You can download it or request a printed version from  Age UK Oxfordshire by phone 01235 849434 or email

Have you got a winter plan?

The NHS and partners are encouraging people to have a personal winter plan so they are well prepared when the weather takes a turn for the worse and the season for flu, coughs and colds really kicks. A plan might include:

  • Having a free flu vaccination if you are in an ‘at risk’ group
  • Getting help early before your condition worsens.
  • Getting repeat prescriptions in plenty of time
  • Finding out where your local minor injuries unit is
  • Seeking advice from your local, pharmacist
  • Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet
  • Stocking up on winter food supplies
  • Getting your boiler serviced
  • Keeping your home heated to 18C
  • Having a list of emergency phone numbers handy by your phone
  • Keeping an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relative

Public Health England has also published the ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ leaflet which provides advice on staying well in cold weather and covers issues such as financial help, healthy lifestyle, flu jabs and heating -

Before it gets worse

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