NHS WARNS PUBLIC TO STAY WELL AS TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO PLUMMET
England is today advising the public to take action to protect
themselves and stay well ahead of a predicted cold snap this weekend.
conditions are forecast in some areas and evidence shows that the risk
of heart attacks, strokes and other serious breathing problems increases
as temperatures plummet.
public can take simple, common sense steps to protect themselves.
Vulnerable groups such as the elderly, those with chronic heart, kidney,
lung or liver problems should heat their homes to at
least 18C, keep mobile and take regular hot drinks and meals. They
should stock up on medicines when possible.
anyone becomes unwell then take early action and visit NHS Choices
online for information or visit your local pharmacist who is fully
qualified to give advice on the best course of action. Those
living next to elderly or vulnerable neighbours are urged to check on
them during the cold spell.
public are also asked to avoid visiting friends, relatives and
loved-ones in hospital until at least 48 hours after symptoms have
stopped if suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea or other illnesses.
is certainly not too late for people to get their flu jab which is by
far the best protection against the flu virus and the really unpleasant
consequences which can include hospital admission
and even death. Flu kills on average 8,000 people a year, many during
the winter months.
latest Public Health England figures show a rise in flu levels, at a
higher rate than this time last year with two and a half times as many
flu sufferers admitted to hospital. The figures come
after parts of France have reported being on the brink of a flu
Willett, NHS England Medical Director for Acute Care, said: “The NHS is
putting into practice our plan for winter but as temperatures are set
to reach below freezing this weekend, the public
can play their part by keeping warm, stocking up on medications and
using NHS Choices and pharmacists to get advice. If urgent advice is
needed then call 111.
about the serious impact of the flu in France are also a reminder of
how important it is for the public and NHS staff to get their flu jab to
protect themselves and those they come in to