Winter is a busy time for healthcare services in the UK, including primary care. Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older or vulnerable people, and is responsible for many deaths and illnesses. Heart attacks, strokes and respiratory illnesses all increase in the winter, and an increase in flu also puts pressure on services. In addition, severe snow fall and floods can also bring disruption to both patients and staff in many parts of the country. What should primary care providers do to ensure the safety of their staff and patients when the cold and wet weather starts? Here are 9 key winter planning tips.