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Herefordshire residents urged to take precautions as cold weather is predicted

WarmthThe Met Office is warning of cold weather for Herefordshire over the weekend (starting Friday 30 January 2015).

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk.

If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/winterhealth, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.

There are simple steps that people can, and should take to stay warm and healthy during cold weather.

There is more advice on the council’s website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/winter-wellbeing

Dr Arif Mahmood is a consultant in public health at Herefordshire Council he said

“Cold weather is a fact of life but it can be a problem for the more vulnerable in our communities. We are asking everyone to take a few minutes just to make sure they are prepared for the cold snap, and can keep safe warm and healthy. There is lots of help and advice out there. We have pulled together many of the most useful resources on to a single page on our website. Please do take a few minutes to follow that advice”.

 

[UPDATED as new cold weather alert issued 30 January 2015]

Tags: Health and social care, Public Health