Winter 2020

Winter 2020

As the cold weather is starting to grip the Fylde coast, health services have already been working to help make sure patients are cared for.

Winter is a difficult time for the NHS and this year could be one of the busiest we have ever seen as we battle COVID-19 as well as the annual increase of demand on health services which comes with the cold weather.

People are at increased risk of slipping and falling on the ice or wet leaves. There is also the threat of Flu and Norovirus which spreads rapidly. At this time of year heart and lung conditions can be made worse due to the cold.

On the Fylde Coast the army of health care professionals are working above and beyond to make sure patients get the best possible care and are encouraged to see the right person for their condition. Behind the scenes services are taking innovative approaches to avoid hospital admissions and to reduce the amount of time patients stay in hospital.

For our residents, the best way we can make sure services don’t get overwhelmed is to make sure people do what they can to care for themselves. Below you will find information of what people can do on the Fylde Coast to protect themselves and stay healthy this winter. For more information from the NHS England click here.

There is also a useful leaflet packed with information here.

Our news stories are linked below

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1. Get a Flu Vaccination

Just the Flu poster
Flu poster

Flu is a serious condition that kills on average 11,000 people in England each year and hospitalises tens of thousands more. But this is anything but an average year. Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19 and the free vaccine is more important than ever, to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter.

The flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is offered for free for those most at risk. And this year, the programme has been expanded and the free flu vaccine will be offered to a record number of 30 million people to help protect as many as possible from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services.

Click here for our seperate page with all you need to know about the Flu vaccination programme.

2. Self-care so you don't need health services

Self care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help, and when to get advice from your GP or another health professional. If you have a long-term condition, self-care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.

Some of the most common ailments can be treated simply with over the counter medications and advice from your pharmacy.

We have a seperate page all about self care which you can view here.

Self care week poster
Self Care Week poster

We are once again taking part in Self Care week 2020 and have asked people to share their own self care tips. You can get involved too!

3. Manage your long term conditions

People with respiratory diseases (conditions that cause breathing problems), such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or severe asthma, can be particularly prone to the effects of cold weather, becoming short of breath and coughing more than usual.

Christopher Jackson, Clinical Lead & Respiratory Nurse Specialist at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is essential that those who have a long-term respiratory condition to understand how to look after themselves, activate their self-management plan and where and when they must seek further advice or support. Even more so because of COVID-19.”

“People with respiratory conditions must ensure they have a supply of their inhalers and they are using them correctly. Those whose condition could get worse should have access to ‘rescue medication’ and review this with a health care professional.”

Click here for a video with more information.

4. Use the right service for your need

There are lots of health services on the Fylde Coast that you can access. Some of which you might not have thought of.

You should always start by thinking about your local community pharmacist and whether over the counter medicines could help. Your pharmacist is well trained on all medication and can advise you of the best one for your minor health need.

If your condition is persistent and is something you are concerned about then you should make an appointment with your GP. GP practices in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre are open to patients and continue to provide services, as they have done throughout the pandemic (Click here for more information on how they are working).

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Don’t forget you can also request an appointment in the evenings and at weekends using the 8 til L8 service. Click here to find out more about this.

For more urgent health needs you should call 111 first.

NHS 111 poster

Click here for more about NHS 111 first.

If your condition is life-threatening you should call 999.

5. Share Harry the Health Elf on a Shelf

If you have childre or are a teacher you can help inspire young people by sharing our daily Harry the Health Elf tips.

Find out more here: ‘Look after your ‘elf this Christmas’, says Santa’s helper Harry

6. Make sure you have all the medicine you need

GP practices will only be closed on the bank holidays over Christmas and New Year but if you need medication only a handful of pharmacies will be open so it’s best to make sure you have what you need beforehand.

If you need a pharmacy, there will be plenty open with the ones listed below open even on the bank holidays.

Christmas day

  • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, Blackpool 8am-9pm.
  • Blackpool Pharmacy, Internet pharmacy – 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm.
  • Kepple Lane Pharmacy, Kepple Lane, Garstang 10am-1pm.
  • Wesham Pharmacy, 22 Station Road, Wesham 10am-1pm.

Boxing Day

  • Boots Pharmacy, 28-38 Bank Hey Street, Blackpool 10.30am-4.30pm.
  • HBS Pharmacy, Newton Drive Primary Care Centre, Newton Drive, Blackpool 9am-7pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, 110 Talbot Road, North Shore, Blackpool, FY1 1LR 9am-12pm and 3pm-5.30pm.
  • Morrisons Pharmacy Morrisons Supermarket, Amy Johnson Way, Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, 9am-3pm.
  • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, 150 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool 8am-9pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsburys, Sainsburys Store, Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, 9am-6pm.
  • Tesco Pharmacy, Tesco Pharmacy, Clifton Retail Park, Clifton Road, Blackpool, 10am-4pm.
  • Well Pharmacy in Asda, Asda, Cherry Tree Road, Blackpool, 10am-4pm.
  • Asda Pharmacy, Dock Street, Fleetwood 10.30am-4.30pm.
  • Boots Pharmacy, 39 Victoria road west, Thornton Cleveleys 10am-4pm.
  • Boots Pharmacy, 3 St Annes Road West, Lytham St Annes, 10am-4pm.
  • Boots Pharmacy, 66 Clifton Street, Lytham St Annes 9am-5.30pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, 7 Wyre view, Knott end-on-sea, 9am-12pm and 3pm-5pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, St Andrews road north, Lytham St Annes, 8am-7pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, 13 Victoria road east, Thornton Cleveleys 9am-11am and 2pm-5pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, Unit 22, Teanlowe Centre, Poulton-le-Fylde, 9am-4pm.
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Amounderness Way, Thornton Cleveleys, 9am-4pm.
  • Warburtons Chemist, 84-86 Lord Street, Fleetwood, 9am-1pm.

28 December

  • Blackpool Pharmacy (Internet Pharmacy), Internet Pharmacy, 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm.
  • Boots Pharmacy, 28-38 Bank Hey Street, Blackpool 10am-4pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, J Sainsbury Store, 80 Red Bank Road, Blackpool 10am-4pm.
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Morrisons Supermarket, Amy Johnson Way, Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, 9am-6pm.
  • Tesco Instore Pharmacy, Clifton Retail Park, Blackpool, 9am-1pm.
  • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, 150 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, 8am-9pm.
  • Asda Pharmacy, Dock Street, Fleetwood, 9am-6pm.
  • Boots Pharmacy, 39 Victoria road west, Thornton Cleveleys, 10am-4pm.
  • Boots Pharmacy, 64-66 Clifton Street, Lytham St Annes, 11am-4pm.
  • Kepple Lane Pharmacy, Kepple Lane, Garstang, Preston, 10am-1pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury St. Andrews Road North, St Annes on Sea, 10am-4pm.

New Year’s Day

  • Blackpool Pharmacy, Internet Pharmacy – 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, J Sainsbury Store, 80 Red Bank Road, Blackpool, 10am-4pm.
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Morrisons Supermarket, Amy Johnson Way, Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, 10am-4pm.
  • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, 150 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, 8am-9pm.
  • Asda Pharmacy, Dock Street, Fleetwood, 10am-5pm.
  • Boots Pharmacy, 9 Rossall Road, Thornton cleveleys, 10am-1pm.
  • Kepple Lane Pharmacy, Kepple Lane, Garstang, Preston 10am-1pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury St. Andrews Road North, St Annes on Sea, 10am-4pm.

Now is also a good time to double check that home medicine cabinets are well stocked with over-the-counter remedies so that minor illnesses and injuries can be managed at home during the festive period.

Don’t forget you can still access GP appointments in the evening and weekends by calling your practice and requesting an appointment. But please don’t call your practice asking for the COVID-19 vaccine, they will call you.


Here are some more handy tips for staying well over winter:



Last updated on 8 January 2021 at 12:01 by Senior communications and engagement officer N