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Stay Well This Winter Dr Jas Kalsi’s Top 5 Tips for protecting your health over the winter months

What can you do to improve your health over the winter?

We want to show our support for the NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign. We believe that everyone should take responsibility over the winter to look after themselves and their loved ones, by making simple changes to their lifestyles.

Here are some helpful tips to help you stay healthy over the winter months, most of which are fairly easy to do!

Dr Jas Kalsi’s top 5 tips for winter health:

  1. Have a flu jab – Call into your local pharmacy to see if you are eligible for a free NHS flu jab. Even if you are not eligible they are available for around £10 and can help protect you against the flu – Money well spent! Your pharmacist is a trained healthcare professional and can also provide you with helpful tips and advice if you are unwell over the Christmas period. They are only round the corner and you don’t need to book an appointment!
  2. Keep warm – Try to keep your home at a minimum of 18° This is particularly important for elderly people or young children. Extend your Christmas goodwill to your elderly neighbours. Try to check in on them over the winter, make sure they are warm and well. You’ll both feel better for it.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet – A balanced diet, with a colourful plate full of fresh fruit and vegetables will provide vitamins such as Vitamin C to support the immune system. Did you know…Peppers also contain vitamin C, it’s not just citrus fruits! You can also consider adding a multivitamin supplement to your diet during the winter months.
  4. Look after your gut – We all love to treat ourselves to an extra mince pie or glass of wine, but remember overindulging can cause a strain on your digestive system. If you are experiencing digestive problems, your pharmacist can recommend a suitable product to help you get back to your normal self.
  5. Don’t stop exercising just because it’s cold outside – Try and do four sessions of activity each week to increase your heart rate. Even a walk in the park counts and you’ll soon warm up. You can even practice your dance moves for the Christmas party! Over time, you should also feel fitter and you may even drop a few excess pounds.

We hope you have found these tips helpful and we wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and a peaceful new year.

Download Dr Jas Kalsi’s top 5 tips here!

Using the WWHAM Pathway in pharmacy to open up a sensitive conversation with patients

The WWHAM Pathway is a tool commonly used in pharmacy to support both pharmacists and counter assistants in opening up a conversation with patients and finding out more about their condition. Generally, pharmacy teams are familiar with the WWHAM questions and how they can be best used in order to deal with common ailments.

Understanding the WWHAM Pathway:

  1. Who is the medicine for? Customers may be asking on behalf of someone else
  2. What are the symptoms? Pharmacy staff can expand on this question to get a full understanding of the symptoms
  3. How long has the patient had the symptoms? Minor ailments can clear up within a few days. Somebody who is experiencing long term symptoms may need to speak to the pharmacist.
  4. What Action has been taken already? This will avoid recommending the same product that a customer has already tried. If a product hasn’t worked it may be best to refer them to the pharmacist.
  5. Are they taking any other medication? This includes prescribed medicines and OTC, herbal or other supplements which can interact with other medicines.

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