Telford and Wrekin patients can take control of long term conditions this winter

If you, or someone you know, has a health condition - such as asthma, diabetes, MS, or a chest, heart, liver or kidney complaint – take control this winter by taking a few simple steps.

A flu vaccination is a must. It’s quick, simple and free. And for anyone with a long-term condition a bout of winter flu can lead to a range of complications which are avoidable. It’s also available for anyone aged over 65, pregnant women and carers.

Your local pharmacist will also give advice on remedies to deal with other winter complaints such as cold and coughs. It’s usually best to make sure they are compatible with any prescription medicines you are taking.

It’s also important to keep warm and well. A drop in temperatures can complicate breathing and other health problems. Wear suitable clothing, keep as active as you are able to, and make sure you have regular hot drinks and eat well.

Make sure you are well stocked up with your prescription and over-the-counter medicines, particularly if winter weather is forecast and it may prove difficult to get out. It’s also important to know which local NHS services are available. You can find them on online at NHS Choices . Don’t forget A&E always gets busier in the winter.

Many people with a long-term-condition have a personalised care plan to help them manage their condition which can be helpful. Contact your GP if you don’t have one or are unsure if you have one.

Dr Mike Innes Chair of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group said:

If you have a long-term health condition it is really important that you look after yourself as the weather draws in.  By planning ahead and taking a few simple steps, you can help yourself to stay healthy and on top of your condition.
We need to remember that A&E, and dialling 999, are emergency services that should only be used in the event of a serious injury, or when someone shows the symptoms of critical illness.