Winter health warning issued as cold weather approaches

PUBLISHED: 12:58 22 January 2019

Health experts are urging people to take steps to stay warm this winter.

Health experts are urging people to take steps to stay warm this winter.

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With freezing temperatures forecast, health experts are urging people to take steps to stay warm and look out for those who need help.

The Met Office forecasts dropping temperatures across the area, which can pose an increased risk to vulnerable groups such as older adults and those with long-term medical conditions.

Dr Lesley Ward, clinical lead for unplanned care at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, said: “Colder weather brings a range of illnesses and ailments such as flu, coughs and colds, which can also cause great pressure on health services.

“Taking steps to prevent illness before it becomes more serious is the best approach and checking in with vulnerable friends and relatives is even more important at this time.”

More information on healthcare services can be found at bnssgccg.nhs.uk/health-services

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