Stay Well This Winter

We're supporting the Stay Well This Winter campaign, raising awareness of how you can help you and your family stay well over winter.

Helping you stay well in Leeds this winter

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Winter weather can be seriously bad for our health. Being cold can aggravate existing conditions and raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. However, there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter. We’ve put together a handy guide of advice and services available in Leeds to help you and your family stay well this winter.

You can view or download a copy of the leaflet here.  An easy read version of the leaflet is also available to view or download here. You can find out more information about how to Stay Well This Winter in Leeds by visiting

Your local pharmacy may have amended opening hours over the holiday period.  You can find details of the pharmacies open in Leeds here.

Christmas and New Year Pharmacy opening hours 2016

Get expert advice
Always seek advice from your pharmacist at the first sign of a cough or a cold before it gets more serious.

Buy over-the-counter medicines
Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments such as colds, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache).

Keep warm
Keeping warm, both inside and outdoors, over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. You should:

  • Wear several layers of light clothes, as these trap warm air better than one bulky layer
  • Heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • Stay active – try not to sit still for more than an hour or so
  • Make sure you have a warm drink and hot meal.

Keep out the cold at night
Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights – breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.

Get the right help
Make sure you’re receiving all the help you are entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient and take advantage of financial schemes to keep up with energy bills. Leeds City Council can also offer advice and guidance, visit for more information.


Updated: 28/12/16