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Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, diabetes or heart or kidney disease.

Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses.

But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

Important information

Pressures we face during winter

Watch this animation which helps to explain why winter is a particularly pressured time for the NHS.

Important information

Accident and Emergency alternatives

Hear from emergency consultant Vaz Ahmed about the alternative services available to you.

A patient holding hands with another person during a visit Guidance and advice

How to stay well this winter

Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

Keeping well (opens in a new tab)
radiotherapy patient and two nurses in scanning room Important information

Waiting times

Our aim is to be here for you if you do contract Covid-19 and require hospital care, but also to treat you and your family safely for your other health conditions while this pandemic continues.

Waiting times information (opens in a new tab)
Nurse with patient Important information

How you can help us

There are many things you can do to help us this winter from finding the right service through to acting now to staying well over the next few months.

Helping us (opens in a new tab)
Dr Ifti Hossain in the surgical theatre with his team Guidance and advice

Support before your surgery

In the time before your surgery, you can take simple steps to improve your physical and mental health.

Before your surgery (opens in a new tab)
Cup of coffee surrounded by a blanket Support

How to stay warm

It's important to ensure you and the people you look out for are the right temperature during the chillier winter months.

Keeping warm (opens in a new tab)
Holding hands Support

Cost of living support

It is important to remember that you are not alone in facing the rising costs of living and that there is support available for you in your region.

Support in your area (opens in a new tab)