One of the most effective ways to keep yourself well during winter is to stay warm. Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, pneumonia and depression.

Dr Tim Spicer, Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Cold homes have a significant impact on your health, so it is important to keep your home warm as well as your body. As temperatures continue to drop it is vital we all look after ourselves and our families in the right ways.”

The chances of becoming unwell over this period are higher if you’re vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following:

  • You’re over 65
  • You’re on a low income and can’t afford heating
  • You have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
  • You are disabled

For related advice, information on winter grants and the Keep warm, keep well leaflet click here.