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Dealing with Seasonal Changes

Summer Health

GPs, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals from the Vale of York have worked with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide self-help guides so that you and your family and friends can stay safe and healthy during the summer months.

Information from the CCG on dealing with hot weather can be found on their website Help Us Help You-Stay Safe This Summer and also from the NHS website on How to Cope in Hot Weather.

For further information on staying well in the summer please refer to either the NHS Choices page or the CCG guide. Advice is given on the following:

  • Hay Fever
  • Sunburn
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Actinic Keratoses (solar keratoses)
  • Heat Rash
  • Summer holidays medical kit essentials

The government have also produced guidance about coping with heat, called Beat the Heat. The guidance includes tips on how to keep yourself and others safe from harm during hot weather, how to keep your house cool and what signs to look out for in heat related illnesses.



Winter Health

Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That's why it's important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

Information from the NHS website on dealing with cold weather can be found on the How to Say Well in Winter page. 

The City of York Council Winter Health page also provides a range of useful tips and navigation to health videos on various winter related treatments.

For information specifically for old older people there is the Age UK - Keep Well At Winter page.

You may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating your home. Grants available include the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment.

Last updated: 15/11/2021