Information and advice on staying safe and keeping well during the winter months.
Winter and cold weather can have a significant impact on our day to day lives and people’s health. This information and guidance will help you and your family to stay safe and healthy during the winter months.
Enjoying what Torbay has to offer in the winter months can benefit your health but it’s important to remember that for some, we need to take extra care and look out for signs that they may need extra help including medical support:
Make sure any prescription medications are refilled regularly and before any bank holidays.
Find out what pharmacies are open during the upcoming Bank Holidays and remember most GP Practices ask patients to order prescriptions at least three working days in advance. For Christmas and New Year’s pharmacy opening times, visit the NHS England and NHS Improvement South West website
For sexual health clinic opening times and free emergency contraception for under 25-year-olds, visit the Devon Sexual Health website.
The risk of falling is higher in the winter when rain and ice make it easier to slip and we’re less mobile, so our joints and muscles stiffen up. Take simple measures to protect yourself or your family members from falling. Take this steady on your feet survey to see what else you can do to prevent falls. Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has further guidance and video tips.
Register for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA Weather-Health Alerting systemafter signing up you will receive weather alerts to your email address.
Stay up to date with the weather forecast via Met Office forecast (including links to flood and weather alerts).
Check on older friends, neighbours and relatives, especially those living alone or who have chronic health conditions, to make sure they’re safe, warm and well and not feeling lonely. If you’re worried about a vulnerable or elderly person there is advice on the keeping warm page.
Also known as the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus spreads very quickly and causes vomiting and diarrhoea in people of all ages. Having Norovirus is very unpleasant but not generally dangerous and most people make a full recovery within a couple of days.
If you have symptoms, make sure you stay away from work or school until you’ve been symptom clear for two days. Be especially careful to avoid visiting hospitals or care homes and passing on the bug to others.
Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness. For more information visit:
Good infection measures like handwashing can help to prevent you catching norovirus as well as other bugs.