This page provides information and links to advice on health issues of concern to individuals and the community, including how to live active and healthy lives.
If you need medical advice or support, you should visit your local doctor or GP who will be able to help you and refer you to other health services if necessary. You can find your local doctor or GP using the NHS - find and choose services website.
Choose well - getting the right treatment
When it comes to getting the right treatment, knowing your options can really help to ensure that you are seen by the right person in the shortest time possible.
The choose wellpage on the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust website explains the different services available and when and why you should use them. You can also see what services are available in each area of North Yorkshire and York.
Use NHS Direct for confidential health advice and reassurance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Links to information about staying healthy in cold weather on the NHS Choices website.
Keep warm, keep well
Cold homes have a significant impact on people's health and can lead to serious problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. For more information on health issues related to cold weather, see the keep warm, keep wellpage.
Hypothermia occurs when a person's normal body temperature of around 37°C (98.6°F) drops below 35°C (95°F). The hypothermiasection provides details about the condition, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Information about winter health, including beating the winter blues; flu and the flu vaccine; ways to stay healthy this winter; winter health risks; what to do in very cold weather; and how to avoid winter weight gain.
Winter health for older people
Winter weather can affect older people's health and wellbeing. See how to keep fit and healthy during the coldest months of the year.
Eating well on a budget
A dietitian explains how you can eat healthily on a budget.
Health A-Z - conditions and treatments
Use the health A-Z - conditions and treatmentssection to find information on a range of health conditions and their related treatments. The section also contains information and advice about medicines and general health matters.
The Patient Advice and Liaison Service, known as PALS, has been introduced to ensure that the NHS listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends, and answers their questions and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible.