Posted by at 06/12/2012 11:28:25
As temperatures continue to drop, the NHS is warning people in Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Faversham, Ash and Sandwich of an increased risk of illness and injury.
Dr John Ribchester, clinical lead for long-term conditions for Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “When temperatures fall, the number of deaths from heart attacks peaks three days later, from strokes five days later and from respiratory infections ten days later. Icy roads and pavements dramatically increase the risk of injury.
“It is essential that older people, people with long-term conditions and very young children keep warm in this cold weather. If you can’t heat your entire home, try to keep the lounge warm in the day and your bedroom warm just before you go to bed.
“If you have an older neighbour or relative, please phone them or call round to make sure they are safe and well.”
The NHS has these tips to help people stay warm:
Wear several light layers of warm clothes, rather than one chunky layer -it gives better insulation.
Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day - eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter
Keep as active as possible
Stock up on medicines and essential food supplies, so you don’t have to go outside when it is cold
If you do need to go out, wrap up warm
Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block out draughts
Keep your home at the recommended temperature of 18–21°C (64–70°F)
If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.
Help save Accident and Emergency departments for emergencies and serious injury or illness, such as heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems and serious accidents.
If you need to see a doctor, contact your GP practice and say if it is urgent. When your practice is closed, if you cannot wait until it re-opens, phone South East Health on 03000 24 24 24.
Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres open late, until 8pm or 9pm. Minor Injury Units can treat, for instance, burns, sprains, cuts and foreign bodies in the eye, nose and ear. You can also call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 for advice.
Please keep A&E free for those who really need it.