Prolonged cold weather predicted into next week has prompted a Level 3 cold weather warning for Warwickshire, meaning that the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people is at risk.
There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow between today (January 15) and 12pm on Tuesday, January 19.
This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
Dr John Linnane, Director of Public Health for Warwickshire County Council says: “Make sure you have sufficient supplies of food for hot meals, plenty of drinks and your regular medications. Stocking up on tinned and frozen food is a good idea. Please check in on neighbours who are elderly, vulnerable, or less mobile, and make sure that their house is adequately heated, that they have enough supplies and that they have an emergency contact telephone number.
“Make sure you seek medical help if you are concerned about someone. You can ring NHS 111, speak to a GP or pharmacist, attend a walk-in-centre, or if more serious it may be necessary to attend A&E or alert the emergency services. ”
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “Make sure that you stay warm. If going outside make sure you dress appropriately.
“If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature; heating your home to at least 18°C is important for your health and make sure you are wearing suitable clothing – several thin layers is better than one thick layer.”
Cllr Maggie O’Rourke, the county council’s Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Adults, Health and Social Care, said: “If there is anyone you know who might be at particular risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications.”
For more tips and advice, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell