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06/02/18

Keep warm - stay well

The NHS is urging people to keep warm this winter, as well as to look out for people who may need extra help during the current cold snap.

Slips trips and falls are also more likely during cold and icy weather conditions.

Keeping warm is an essential part of staying well this winter - especially for the very young, older people, or those with a chronic illness. 

If you have a long term health condition; or suffer from breathlessness, catching a winter illness can become very serious. So if it is a cough or a cold and not settling – seek advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious.

Every winter in the UK, there are between 25,000 and 30,000 deaths linked to the cold weather.

That’s why the advice from GPs from NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) is to keep warm and stay well– to help prevent as many of these deaths as possible.

 

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Dr James Thomas, GP Clinical Chair at NHS Airedale, Wharefdale and Craven CCG said: “Keeping warm over winter can protect you from colds, flu as well as more serious conditions such as pneumonia – and even heart attacks or strokes. 

“We are advising people to stay inside and keep warm if it is very cold outside; particularly if you suffer from a heart or respiratory problem. 

If your journey is necessary, make sure you take extra care, wrap up warm and importantly wear flat sensible shoes. 

“Look out for vulnerable relatives or neighbours during the cold weather to make sure they are safe and well. Check they have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather and are warm enough, especially at night.” 

Top tips to keep yourself healthy and your home warm this winter:

There are many different ways that you can make sure you get the right treatment and allow busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.

For expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, see your local pharmacist (chemist). If you need urgent help, but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for advice and direction to the most appropriate service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free. You can also arrange to see your doctor (GP) if symptoms persist. 

Helpful information and advice to help you stay well during winter can be found on the NHS Stay Well website - https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

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