Happy, safe and warm this winter
Help and advice to keep you happy, safe and warm this winter.
Please contact 01772 625 625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your Pharmacy
- Keeping warm this winter
- Home improvements - Safe, happy, energy efficient homes
- Air control
- Eat healthily ... and get plenty of Vitamin D
- Social isolation and mental health
To find information on local pharmacies on the NHS website.
What community pharmacies do:
- Urgent medicine supply
- Repeat prescriptions
- Prescription delivery
- Disposal of unwanted medicines
- Promotion of healthy lifestyles
- Signposting to other healthcare providers
- Support for self-care
- Flu and other vaccinations
Did you know?
- There are over 11,700 community pharmacies in England
- Pharmacies are open for longer than other NHS providers
- Over 90% have private consultation areas
- Pharmacists train for 5 years and are experts on the safe use of medicines
Keeping warm this winter
We're working with energy companies to assist local residents who may benefit from energy efficiency measures in their home.
If you own your own home, rent from a private landlord or live with someone who receives Universal Credit or Job Seeker's Allowance, or if you are classed as vulnerable, funding may be available to help you keep your home warm this winter. (Please note: tenants of housing associations are not eligible to benefit from this funding.)
- Cavity wall insulation
- External solid wall insulation
- Loft insulation
- A new boiler
To find out if you may be eligible for support, give us a call on 01772 625 625.
Free boiler services
If you own your own home you may also qualify for a free service for your gas boiler and/or gas fire. You may be eligible if you:
- are aged 65 or over with a pre-existing medical condition
- are living with a disability
- have a child under the age of 5 in your household
Appliances must not have been serviced in the last two years and must not have any existing faults.
Call 01772 625 625 to check if you qualify.
Home improvements - Safe, happy, energy efficient homes
Preston Care and Repair is an independent registered charity that helps people who have trouble carrying out repairs or DIY jobs in their home. Their experienced, multi-skilled tradespeople have all been DBS checked and carry ID cards for your peace of mind.
Give them a call on 01722 204 096, email email@example.com or visit the Care and Repair website.
Lancashire County Council's Safe Trader Scheme can help you find a reputable tradesperson to help with property repairs, home improvements, gardening services, mobility aids and other services around the home. You can call them on 0303 333 1111 or visit Safe Trader website.
If you have a disability and need adaptations to your home to allow you to move around more easily, you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant. Contact Lancashire County Council's Adult Social Services team on 0300 123 720 to find out more.
Over the winter months, people report to Environmental Health an increase in mould and condensation in their property and many become concerned about the health effects. A damp surface provides the ideal environment for mould growth.
The three main causes of condensation are:
- Too much moisture in the air
- Lack of good ventilation
- Cool temperatures
To reduce the problem, you should increase ventilation and keep your home warm. For example:
1. Produce less moisture within the home. An average home can create an additional 26 pints of moisture a day and this moisture must go somewhere. In order to reduce the moisture in your home, use pan lids whilst cooking, run the cold water first then add the hot when filling your bath, and dry clothes outside or in a well-ventilated room with the door closed.
2. Ventilate by opening windows onto the first notch or security latch, at opposite points of the property. This will help remove the build-up of moisture. Doing this for half an hour in the morning will be beneficial. Ventilate your kitchen and bathroom when in use: open the windows and/or use an extractor fan, if you have one.
3. Improve the insulation and draught proofing of your home. This will also help keep the whole house warm and will cut your fuel bills. When the whole house is warm, condensation becomes less likely. You could be eligible for help with insulation (see 'Keeping warm this winter').
4. Use a thermostat to control the heating and keep the heating on at constant background temperature (minimum of 16oC), particularly in winter. Avoid swinging between hot and cold room temperatures and, when needed, programme the thermostat to a comfortable temperature (21oC). You want to heat up your walls, not the air.
Ventilation of your home is also advised to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Eat healthily ... and get plenty of Vitamin D!
It's so important we get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need, and over the winter months it's especially important to make sure we're getting enough Vitamin D which helps to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
This has been even more vital during Covid-19 as many of us have been indoors more than usual. Vitamin D supplements are available to buy from pharmacies and supermarkets, but you can also get the Vitamin D you need from your diet.
Food sources of Vitamin D include:
- Oily fish - such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
- Fortified foods - such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals
Find out more about taking Vitamin D or speak to your pharmacist.
Social isolation and mental health
Winter can be a difficult time for many of us. If you are feeling isolated and alone, or are struggling with your mental health, help is out there...
Helping older people who are at home and need a little extra support with their wellbeing. Call 0800 678 1602 - 8am-7pm, daily.
A registered charity which has been providing counselling and psychotherapy to the people of the Preston and the surrounding area since 1998. Call 01772 880 909.
Grief can be overwhelming - you don't have to deal with it alone. Cruse Bereavement Support is here to help. Call 01772 433 645
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Helpline
Wellbeing and mental health helpline supporting people in relation to their own mental health or someone they know. Call 0800 915 4640 - 24 hours a day, daily.
A free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people. Call 0800 4 70 80 90 - 24 hours a day, daily.
A safe place for anyone struggling to cope. Call 116 123 - 24 hours a day, daily.
The Wellbeing Mental Health Texting Service
A confidential and anonymous service supporting wellbeing and mental health for people who prefer to communicate by text. Text HELLO to 07860 022846.
Online only support
Here to help you understand and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Practical advice, from how to deal with stress and anxiety to boosting your mood or sleeping better.
Supporting adults recovering from addiction and/or with mental health issues.