Pharmacies across Oxfordshire will be providing people with free thermometers this winter to make sure their homes are warm enough to keep them well. Patients over 60 will be offered information cards, provided by OCC, when collecting prescriptions, that will remind them that one of the best ways to stay well during the winter is to stay warm, and advise them to have their home heated to at least 18°C. The free hot water bottle shaped card features a thermometer to test the temperature of their home to make sure it’s warm enough. People with concerns about their heating bills will be advised to contact the Affordable Warmth Helpline on 0800 107 0044. The free helpline is provided by an independent charity and is funded by local councils. It offers free advice and guidance on reducing energy bills, heating homes efficiently and affordably, available grants and financial assistance. For more information or advice on how to keep warm and well this winter, visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/keepwarm
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