With severe winter weather conditions set to hit the South East of England, local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are advising the public to take extra care.
The Met Office has issued a Level 2 Cold Weather Alert this week, usually triggered by the high expectation of severe cold weather or icy conditions.
Dr Elizabeth Fellows, the Urgent Care GP Lead for Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire CCGs said: “Although it is likely that we will avoid the worst of the cold weather in our local area, it is always worth remembering what you should do if cold weather hits.
“If you are planning to go outside, dress warmly and wear shoes with good grip to prevent slips or falls.
“If you or your loved ones are over 65 or have a long term health condition, ensure the home is well heated, eat regular, warm, well-balanced meals and make sure you have spare medication in case you are unable to go out.”
Top tips to prepare for cold weather:
- Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately
- Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over
- Stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help
- Take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days
- If eligible seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some
- If you meet the criteria register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers
- Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls
- Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby
- If you are in need of urgent medical care but it is not life threatening, try our urgent care guide.