If you feel unwell, speak to your pharmacist for advice. Your local pharmacist can provide advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and general aches and pains. Find out more about Pharmacies.
If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example, they will tell you if you need to see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional.
You can also contact your GP about ongoing health complications and symptoms. If you need more advice or help, you can call NHS 111 or visit the NHS website for details of local services.
You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a scheme offering energy-saving improvements to eligible households. The purpose of this scheme is to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. The scheme intends to achieve this by improving the energy efficiency of homes of residents deemed to be on a low income, fuel poor and vulnerable.
You may be able to get help with the cost of insulation work, for example to your loft or cavity walls replacing or repairing your boiler - or other upgrades to your heating.
The work offered can depend on the supplier used.
Contact a participating energy supplier to see if you qualify. The supplier does not need to be your energy supplier.
You can find contact details of suppliers who are taking part in the scheme on the Ofgem website.
Free vitamin D for residents 60+ and Healthy Start vitamins for families
Free vitamin D for residents 60+
Vitamin D helps keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. People who don’t have enough vitamin D are more likely to fall or break bones.
A good source of vitamin D is sunlight. It is also found in some foods. However, it can be hard to get enough vitamin D so doctors recommend taking vitamin D supplements (tablets) to keep healthy.
Newham residents aged 60 or over are eligible for free vitamin D supplements to help you stay healthy.
Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. They are very common, affecting about 1 in every 4 people in Britain in any given year. The majority of people who experience mental health problems can work through them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.
Your mental health doesn't always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.
Good Thinking is an online platform that supports Londoners to look after their mental health and wellbeing in a way that works for them. Over 700,000 people have used the platform to tackle anxiety, stress, low mood, sleep problems and other mental health worries. Visit their platform for online advice and support.