HEALTH organisations are reminding people to look after themselves and stay warm to stay well ahead of a predicted cold spell.

Cold air is predicted to spread across England over the weekend with significant wind chill making things feel colder.

It is expected to drop below 0 degrees in Dorset.

Cold weather can increase health risks for vulnerable people.

A spokesman for Dorset NHS Climical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "Try and keep your home heated to around 18 degrees C to keep yourself and your family or friends warm.

"If you have elderly relatives or know of people in your community who may be vulnerable take the time to check on them.

"If you start to feel unwell seek help straight away, don’t wait until things worsen. Your local pharmacy can help out with coughs and colds; and if you need help but aren’t sure where to go call 111 and they can advise you. 111 is free and open 24 hours a day seven days a week."

If you are experiencing flu like symptoms, self-care is often the best way of making a quick recovery. Your local pharmacist can provide treatment advice and recommend flu remedies.

Many flu remedies from the pharmacy contain paracetamol or ibuprofen. Do not to use them in addition to paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets, to avoid taking more than the recommended dose.

Speak to a pharmacist before giving medicines to children.