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Help us help you to keep warm and well this winter

User AvatarPosted by Daniel Harper at 22/01/2019 10:18:20

With cold and wintry weather predicted over the next few days, families across east Kent are being urged to follow a few simple measures to keep their loved ones safe and healthy.

Prolonged cold weather can be a risk for anyone, although vulnerable people, including the elderly and children under five, are particularly at risk and common sense advice can help in severe weather, both at home or out and about.

Our ‘Healthy ageing in east Kent’ booklet gives guidance on how people can stay well and spot signs of common illnesses at an early stage, before they become more serious. It also has details of local services in east Kent to help you.

Our top tips:

  • order repeat prescriptions in good time to make sure you have enough supply of any medicines you use and make sure you take it with you if you go away.
  • keep your medicine cabinet stocked up, especially with cold and flu remedies, and painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
  • regular hot meals and drinks can help keep your body warm.
  • keep your home heated – set the heating to the right temperature (18-21C).
  • if trying to save fuel, it is advisable to heat the living room during the day, the bathroom when needed and the bedroom just before going to bed.

If you need to go out:

  • wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
  • make sure you are not caught out by snow and ice; stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with food supplies.
  • get up-to-date traffic information at www.kenttraffic.info
  • in periods of severe weather such as snow and ice, do not travel unless necessary.

People can also use Health Help Now, which is available on the web at www.healthhelpnow.nhs.uk or it can be downloaded from the Google Play and the App Store. The app is free to use and has been developed by local GPs and health professionals to help people in Kent find out about local health services.

More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather at www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth  and www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Verycoldweather.aspx