Simple preparations for the cold weather can help you avoid illness in the coming months.
Ensuring that you stock up on essentials for your medicine cabinet at your local pharmacy, keeping warm both at home and outside and making sure you follow good hygiene practices can help beat those winter bugs.
If you’re eligible to receive the seasonal flu vaccination, have it. It will protect you against this year’s circulating viruses.
If you do fall ill this winter, it’s important to know who to turn to for the right medical assistance. NHS Fife’s Know Who To Turn To booklet gives lots of helpful advice on choosing the most appropriate service for your needs.
You can find information on - self-care and healthcare services including your local pharmacy, your GP practice, dental services, NHS 24 and GP Out-of-Hours, Minor Injuries Services and A&E.
For more information visit www.nhsfife.org/knowwhototurnto
Be Health-Wise This Winter
As well as information on our website, you can also get more advice on how to look after your own and your family's health on the NHS Inform Website - (www.nhsinform.scot/winter)
Keep Up To Date
Don't feel isolated when severe weather hits. There are plenty of ways for you to get the latest information.
We promote any new information about service disruptions, for example due to bad weather through:
Information and updates about other local services in Fife can be found on Fife Direct’s ‘Winter in Fife’ pages at www.fifedirect.org.uk/winter You can also sign up for email or text alerts on school closures, road updates and service disruptions.
Our ‘live updates’ tab on the left-hand side has weather reports from the Met Office and travel reports from Traffic Scotland.