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Keeping safe and well in colder weather

When temperatures in the capital drop, please take additional care so you can stay safe and well and look out for those who may be vulnerable. An ambulance with flashing blue lights on a road on a wintry cloudy day

Colder weather can affect your health and can be especially dangerous for older people, young children and those with underlying health conditions.

Existing health conditions can get worse in the cold so make sure you have enough of any medication you need and keep vital medication with you if you are out and about.

When temperatures plunge, if you go outside make sure you wrap up warm and wear suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions: especially if it is icy or snowing.

Wearing two or three lighter layers can keep you warmer than one woolly or thick jumper.

Getting the right medical help for your needs 

If you start to feel unwell speak to your GP before it gets worse.

You can also speak to a pharmacist for advice on medicines or common problems like coughs and colds.

If you have an urgent health worry or you need medical advice fast, go to NHS 111 first. Go online to or call 111 if you cannot get online.

NHS 111 online can also help if you’re not sure what to do. You’ll be asked a series of questions on your symptoms and then be guided on what to do and how best to get the right help for your needs.

Read more about how to get the best care for your needs.
An ambulance vehicle with a dusting of snow across the windscreen, blue lights and side doors

Looking out for others 

Please look out for family, friends and neighbours who may be at risk and vulnerable in colder weather.  If you know someone is on their own – please do reach out to them.

For those who may be isolated and struggling in colder weather, just popping in for a cup of tea to say hello and making sure they are stocked with groceries and their heating is working would make such a difference.

If you’re concerned about someone sleeping rough – but it’s not an emergency situation – you can contact the organisation StreetLink. They help connect people who are sleeping rough to local services to support them. If it’s an emergency, call 999.

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