Keep warm and keep well is message as temperatures plunge - The Evesham Observer

Keep warm and keep well is message as temperatures plunge

Evesham Editorial 20th Jan, 2019   0

DOCTORS in Evesham and Pershore are urging residents to stay warm as temperatures set to plummet over the coming days.

Dr Carl Ellson of Worcestershire’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups of GPs said cold weather and cold homes could have a significant impact on people’s health, so keeping warm during cold spells can help prevent some illnesses, particularly for the elderly and those with respiratory conditions.

He recommends:

Having hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day

Staying active and moving around

Keeping the house warm, at least 18c

Wearing lots of thin layers to trap heat

Health chiefs are also urging people to allow extra time for journeys, wear appropriate footwear and clothing and be aware of your surroundings when the pavements are icy or slippy.

“There are plenty of things people can do to stay warm but sometimes these can be neglected, particularly by the elderly who may have a medical condition which means they’re not so aware of the cold,” said Dr Ellson.

“The weather can quickly turn from being relatively mild and spring-like to extremely cold so it’s important everyone has plans in place to keep warm when temperatures drop.

“If you have elderly relatives or neighbours, do keep an eye on them to make sure they’re warm and well.

“Make sure they have enough of the basics in their cupboards – tinned soup, bread and milk, and if they take medication they have enough to last them.”

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