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Winter well packs 2022

Winter well packs 2022 survey

If you have received a winter well pack this year, which contains a 'Keeping well in winter and beyond' calendar, vitamin D voucher, room thermometer and face mask, we would like to get your views on the pack. To do this, please complete the winter well packs online survey; there are just a few questions and will only take a few minutes to complete. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback.

Vitamin D voucher scheme

Included in the winter well pack is a vitamin D voucher. Please take your voucher to one of the pharmacies below. A pharmacist will have a conversation with you first, and then supply vitamin D tablets.

Participating pharmacies

Pharmacy namePharmacy addressPhone number
Atlas PharmacyVernon Street, St Helens, WA9 1LN01744 23701
ASDA PharmacyKirkland Street, St Helens, WA10 2EF01744 902020
Heath Pharmacy18 Elephant Lane, Thatto Heath, St Helens, WA9 5QW01744 818826
Jolleys Chemist77 High Street, Newton-Le-Willows, WA12 9SL 01925 226242
Millennium Pharmacy29-31 Shaw Street, St Helens, WA10 1DG01744 633740
P.A. White Pharmacy56-58 North Road, St Helens, WA10 2TR01744 22954

 

Why take vitamin D?

  • Vitamin D is important for building immunity against infections, and keeping bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
  • Take vitamin D supplements during the winter months when you are less likely to get it directly from sunlight.
  • Some people have medical conditions that mean they may not be able to safely take as much. If in doubt, you should consult your doctor.
  • If you can take vitamin D supplements, 10 micrograms a day will be enough for most people.
  • Do not take more than 100 micrograms (4,000 IU) of vitamin D a day as it could be harmful. This applies to adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women and the elderly, and children aged 11 to 17 years.
  • Children aged 1 to 10 years should not have more than 50 micrograms (2,000 IU) a day. Infants under 12 months should not have more than 25 micrograms (1,000 IU) a day.
  • If your doctor has recommended you take a different amount of vitamin D, you should follow their advice. Check with your GP or pharmacist whether you are unable to take vitamin D supplement for any reason. If this is the case, vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods.
  • Eat food rich in vitamin D including oily fish (salmon, sardines, herring, and mackerel), red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods (some fat spreads and breakfast cereals).