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Stay safe and well in the cold weather

Stay safe and well in the cold weather

With sub-zero temperatures travelling is becoming difficult for many, so residents should think about how they could best access any healthcare they need. The best option may be to stay at home to recover, to visit a pharmacy for treatment, use a walk-in or urgent care centre, or to call NHS 111 for advice and signposting to a healthcare service.

More often than not self-care is the only treatment you need for minor ailments, such as headaches, colds and flu, or minor injuries like muscle pulls and strains.

The cold weather is a killer and can take its toll on your body, particularly if you are more susceptible to illness because you are elderly or have a long-term medical condition. So, we are urging the most vulnerable to take a few simple precautions to protect themselves from the cold – as it could save their life:

  • Keep yourself warm in and outdoors.
  • If you suffer from a long-term medical condition, are pregnant, or over 65 make sure you book an appointment to have your flu jab.
  • If you take regular medications, make sure you have sufficient supplies and remedies to treat yourself when you are becoming unwell. Ensure that you have access to help and support when you may need it.
  • People should think about how the bad weather may affect friends and family, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions. These groups can be particularly vulnerable to the ill-effects of cold so think now what you could do to help.

It only takes a few simple measures to protect yourself and your family from winter-related illnesses and incidents. People can keep warm and healthy by following our five top tips.

1. Heat your home well by setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18-21ºC). If you feel cold at night, use a hot water bottle or electric blanket – but never use both together. It is especially important if you’re at home all day.

2. Eat well and have plenty of fluids. Food and water are vital sources of energy, and they help keep your body warm. Try to make sure you and your family have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.

3. Get a flu jab. You can get free flu jabs to protect against seasonal flu from your GP or local pharmacy if you are over 65, pregnant, or have a long-term condition.

4. Look after yourself and others. On cold days try to avoid going outside. However, if you do need to go out, remember to wrap up warm and take care on slippery surfaces. If you have an older neighbour or relative, look out for them during the winter to make sure they are safe and well.

5. Keep your medicine cabinet well stocked. If you’re on medication, make sure you get your repeat prescriptions in time so you don’t run out. If you haven’t already, talk to your GP practice about registering for Patient Online. Simply complete the paperwork and you’ll be able to request repeat prescriptions online as well as make GP appointments. Check to make sure you have enough over the counter remedies for coughs and colds so you don’t need to leave home unless you have to.

For more winter health advice:


Sign up to the NHS Choices newsletter (see the latest example here). It’s packed full of useful advice for staying healthy in cold weather.

Read Met Office advice for when travelling during heavy snow and on icy roads.

Visit the Health A-Z section on the NHS Choices website, or download Self Care Forum's fact sheets from their website for advice on how to treat minor illnesses.

GP practices go the extra mile to ease 'winter pressures'

Winter is traditionally a very busy time for GPs and hospitals. It brings with it illnesses and ailments such as flu, coughs and colds and Norovirus.

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older and people with long-term health conditions. 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 local pharmacist.

During the winter months appointment demand is at is highest and this puts an enormous amount of pressure on all NHS services.

To help ease Winter Pressures, Killamarsh Medical Practice will be providing additional appointments between 1st December 2017 and 5th April 2018.

Further advice on ‘How To Stay Well This Winter’ can be found at

Christmas Opening Hours & Bank Holiday Closures

Killamarsh Medical Practice - Christmas Opening Hours

Friday 22nd December 8:00am – 6:30pm

Monday 25th December – CLOSED

Tuesday 26th December – CLOSED

Wednesday 27th December 8:00am - 6:30pm

Thursday 28th December 8:00am - 6:30pm

Friday 29th December 8:00am - 6:30pm

Monday 1st December 2018 – CLOSED

The winter period is one of the busiest times of year for the NHS so it’s important that people use the right service for the right problem. Pharmacies are a valuable source of advice and can help to manage minor winter ailments such as coughs and colds. If you do become unwell over the Christmas break, or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services can be accessed by calling the free, 24-hour, 111 health line.

Order and Collect your repeat prescriptions in time for the festive season

Over Christmas, many accident and emergency departments and ambulance services are busy treating people who have long-term health problems and failed to ensure they had the repeat medicines they needed to cover the festive period. For those with long-term health problems, taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of feeling unwell or even hospitalisation if medical supplies run out. This is why we are advising patients to order and collect any essential repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance to avoid running out.

National Diabetes Audit: helping to improve diabetes care

Killamarsh Medical Practice will be taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA)

To take part, Killamarsh Medical Practice will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.

For further information about how your information is used please see the NDA patient information leaflet.

Click here for NDA Patient leaflet

Taking part in the NDA shows that this GP practice is committed to improving care for people with diabetes.

If you do not want your information to be used, please inform reception, your GP or nurse. This will not affect your care.

More information is available - please ask a member at reception.

Sign up today for GP online services - Quick, easy and secure

GP online services allow you to access a range of services via your computer or mobile. Once you have signed up, you will be able to:

  • book or cancel appointments online with a GP or Nurse
  • renew or order repeat prescriptions online
  • view parts of your GP health record, including information about medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results

This service is free. Everyone registered with a GP can have access to their practice's online service.

If you wish to sign up for this fantastic service, patient online access forms are available from reception or can be downloaded here.

Patient Online Access Request Form

Important - Once the online access form is completion , please take your form to reception along with photographic ID. Access will not be grated until ID has been seen and internal verification processes are completed.

New: SMS Reminder Service

Once you have signed up to the service, every time you book an appointment you will recieve an appointment confirmation SMS and a reminder SMS the day before.

Infection Control Audit...

Our infection control audit result for September was 97.79%

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209 Sheffield Road
S21 1DX

Tel: 0114 2510002

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Location & Contact

Killamarsh Medical Practice
209 Sheffield Road
S21 1DX
Tel: 0114 2510002

S21 1DX
Opening Hours

Monday: 08.00 – 18.30
Tuesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Wednesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Thursday: 08.00 – 18.30
Friday: 08.00 – 18.30