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Deck the halls and stock your cupboards, advises Sutton's health and care partnership

As last minute gifts and tasty treats are topping shopping lists this week, health and care organisations across Sutton are reminding people to stock up on their medication in time for the festive break.

Sutton CCG Clinical Chief Officer, Dr. Chris Elloitt said: "People with long term health conditions can be more vulnerable to winter illnesses, particularly if their prescription medication runs out. We're encouraging everyone to check they have enough medication to see them through the festive period."

While some GP surgeries will close over the weekends and bank holidays, a number of appointments will still be available from 8am – 8pm on over the festive period.

People in Sutton needing urgent medical advice can also contact NHS 111 throughout the Christmas period or visit their local pharmacist for help treating minor ailments.

Dr. Elliott continues: "Winter can be bad for our health, but there a number of things everyone can do to keep themselves and their family well this winter.

"By checking they have adequate supplies of prescription medication and adding some cough and cold remedies to their Christmas shopping list, everyone can make sure that they can tackle a winter illness as soon as it appears."

As part of NHS England's 'Stay Well This Winter' campaign, Sutton  residents are also being advised to follow some simple steps to keep healthy during the colder weather, including heating your home to at least 18°C, wearing lots of thin layers to keep warm when you're out and about and checking in on older or vulnerable neighbours to see if they need extra support.