Winter Tips – Don’t go to A&E

Be prepared

Make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked up with:

  • Paracetamol
  • Aspirin (not for under 16yrs)
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine
  • Rehydration medicine
  • Indigestion mixture
  • Plasters
  • Thermometer

Stop things spreading and recover properly

If you do catch a cold or flu, make sure you:

  • Stay at home and get plenty of rest
  • Have lots of non-alcoholic drinks
  • Eat if you feel able to
  • Let a friend or neighbour know you are ill

Stay warm

  • Keep the room temperature warm and comfortable
  • Wear lots of thin layers – and a hat, scarf and gloves if you go outside
  • Have regular hot drinks and hot meals that include fruit and vegetables
  • Take regular, gentle exercise to generate body heat
  • For those over 60, low income families and people with disabilities, further help and information is available at: – ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ leaflet


If you are over 65, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant, you can get a free flu jab from your GP.