GP`s in Peterborough are urging people with long-term health issues to keep medicine cabinets fully stocked.
People living with chronic conditions like diabetes,asthma and heart disease are particularly vulnerable when the temperatures drop.
Doctors say venturing out in extremely cold weather can easily make an existing illness worse.
Alongside regular medication, a well-stocked medicine cabinet should include the following:
A first-aid kit including bandages, plasters, thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape for dressings and tweezers.
Pain relief such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen for aches, pains and high temperatures.
Oral rehydration salts to replace lost minerals and fluid after a fever or vomiting and diarrhoea.
Anti-diarrhoea tablets to relieve symptoms of diarrhoea (though these will not help with the underlying cause)
If you’re already on medication, make sure you’re not going to run out. Contact your GP surgery about registering for GP Online Services, which will enable you to request repeat prescriptions online. You can also book appointments and see some of your health records. To sign up, you’ll just need to go to your practice and complete a form. Remember to take some photo ID, such as your passport.
If you’re not sure which over-the-counter medicines to take with your regular medication, you can talk to a pharmacist for advice.
For more information on staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.