Cold Weather Briefing

10 December 2017

NHS England have issued the below briefing today (Sunday 10th December 2017) about the severe weather conditions affecting parts of Cheshire and Merseyside.

Please share with you family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

 Key messages

  • The met office has advised that temperatures across Cheshire and Merseyside are expected to drop between minus 5 and minus 10 overnight
  • It is expected that Cheshire will be particularly badly hit by this cold weather 
  • Hospital services are already under increased pressure, people are encouraged to use alternative services such as NHS 111, GP out of hours, walk in centres and pharmacies for health advice and treatment
  • People are advised to keep warm and only travel if necessary
  • Keep an eye on elderly friends, family and neighbours
  • If you are a care worker visiting vulnerable people, please check they are warm enough and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather
  • Older people are at particular risk of falls during winter. The streets can be extremely slippery under foot due to fallen leaves, accumulations of rain, ice and snow. Older people should take extra care when out and about. A pair of sturdy shoes with non-slip  soles can prevent falls
  • If you're not very mobile, are 65 or older, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • Keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can and keep the bedroom window closed
  • Babies should sleep in rooms heated between 16C and 20C
  • If you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable
  • Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • Severe weather warnings are issued by the Met office via their website and twitter feed or you can call the weather desk on 0370 900 0100 or 01392 885 680


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