Cold weather alert: information for patients and visitors

Help us, help you - NHS logoWith cold weather predicted for parts of Hampshire, it’s important to take care and stay safe this winter. Here are a number of practical things you can do to ensure you are still able to access the right services when you need them and the best ways to support more vulnerable people in your community.

Our services during the adverse weather

As things stand currently, all of our services continue to operate as normal

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Keep updated and plan ahead

Listen in to local news and weather forecasts for the latest information on the cold weather warning.

You can also find advice on the Met Office website, including suggestions for practical things you can do to prepare for winter weather.

Stay protected - get your flu jab

Flu is a highly infectious disease that can lead to serious health complications, especially in periods of cold weather. Getting your flu vaccination remains the best protection against the illness. If you are eligible, the vaccination is offered free of charge.

Find out more here

Choose the right service

Our emergency department is just one of the services available to you in Southampton. If you need medical attention but it is not life threatening, there are a number of other NHS services to choose from:

  • Minor injuries unit
  • NHS 111
  • Your local pharmacy
  • Your GP or walk-in centre

Selecting the right place to go will help you get the treatment you need faster.

Find out more here

Visiting friends and relatives

If you are feeling ill or have had diarrhoea and vomiting in the last three days, please do not visit friends or relatives in hospital.

Find out more information on infection prevention here

Check on your neighbours and elderly relatives

During these colder months, it’s important to look out for one another. Check in on older neighbours and relatives to make sure they’re okay and have enough food and the medicines they need. Simply popping in for a cup of tea and a chat can mean a lot.

Find out more tip tops on keeping warm in winter here
Posted on Thursday 31 January 2019