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Stay well this winter

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In winter, the number of A&E attendances increase, putting an additional burden on the NHS.

This winter, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself and keep warm.

Remember to visit your pharmacist at the first signs of illness, pick up your prescriptions, or you can arrange to get them delivered and check in on elderly neighbours and relatives.

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Keep your medicine cabinet stocked up

You can find useful information on what to have in your medicine cabinet on
NHS Choices.

Find other helpful tips and advice

Get your flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it

Pregnant women, parents of children aged 2 and 3 years old and adults with underlying health conditions are at particular risk from flu and vaccination is still the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That’s why the flu vaccine is free.

For most children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick and easy nasal spray. Children aged 2 and 3 receive the vaccine through their GP and children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 receive it in school.

If you have a child who is of the eligible age, make sure you sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, contact your general practice, pharmacist or midwife to get it.

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Think you need medical help right now? You can call NHS 111 where a fully trained adviser will suggest the best course of action.

NHS 111 is much more than a helpline. You can speak to fully trained advisers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, who can put you straight through to healthcare professionals, as well as arrange face-to-face appointments and assess if you need an ambulance.

So, if you think you need urgent non-life-threatening medical help, call NHS 111.

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GP extended access

GP practices are able to provide appointments that are booked in advance and are more convenient to you, including evenings and weekends. 

You can find more information below for the area you live in:


Hammersmith and Fulham