Are you prepared for a healthy winter?

Are you prepared for a healthy winter?

30th November 2017

People in West Leicestershire can check how well-prepared they are to deal with minor health problems during the winter months by taking a simple online quiz and checking out NHS West Leicestershire’s interactive first aid kit and medicine box.

Local GP Chris Barlow explains: “In the busy run up to Christmas and new year period, it’s easy to overlook your health until you become ill. For many of these conditions you don’t need to see a GP or need a prescription.

“By having the right minor treatments in your medicine box and first aid kit you can treat yourself quickly and get back on the road to recovery. A pharmacist is a great source of advice on what you need to look after yourself.

“By getting winter ready, you can start to tackle those early symptoms of minor conditions like coughs, colds and sore throats, straight away.

“People tend to think of their GP when they have a minor illness, for example coughs, colds and sore throats, but many winter health problems don’t require medical treatment. Most minor conditions can be treated at home, and your local pharmacist can provide you with advice and support to help you get back on your feet without needing to book an appointment.”

Take our quiz to see how ready you are at

Many pharmacists offer seven-day opening, and late hours, meaning that they’re the perfect place for busy people to get help and advice that could avoid a trip to the GP.

A well-stocked medicine cabinet will ensure you have everything you need to treat common minor conditions. And it can be cheaper to do than you think. For less than £10 you can have the treatments you need. NHS West Leicestershire’s interactive first aid kit and medicine box tells you what you need. Visit to check the medicine cabinet and take the self-care quiz.

You can also read factsheets covering a range of topics including children’s health, older people, caring for others, long term conditions and mental health, taking care of coughs and colds and keeping antibiotics working.

To find your nearest pharmacy, visit

If you need medical advice, but you’re not sure where to turn, The NHS 111 telephone service is a FREE call number and gives confidential health guidance and advice from trained clinicians, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.


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