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Local GPs offer top tips to stay well this winter

Demand is always high for NHS urgent and emergency services during winter and particularly at Christmas and New Year. As the weather gets colder, plummeting temperatures can result in more people being admitted to hospital.

To help the NHS help you, local GPs are sharing top tips to stay well this winter and help you get the help you need quickly over the festive period.

Dr Dave Tatham, GP and clinical lead for urgent and emergency care for NHS Bradford district and Craven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) is urging people to follow a set of simple tips to enjoy a healthy Christmas and New Year:


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Dr Tatham said: “When the winter weather sets in and the temperature drops people often find they begin to feel unwell but there are lots of things we can all do to avoid illness over the colder months.

“Many common health complaints like coughs, colds, runny noses and diarrhoea can be treated at home with medicines available from your local pharmacy without a prescription. Keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet means you’re prepared if you do feel unwell. Pharmacists are experts in medication and can provide help and advice on many common illnesses and you can also check your symptoms by visiting www.nhs.uk.

“If you have a long-term health condition, like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s important that you recognise what your normal symptoms are and seek help if you notice a change. Getting the right help from your GP early can often help to avoid a hospital stay.”


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