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Keep an eye out for elderly friends and neighbours during the cold weather

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert for the West Midlands region

With the warning of the cold spell, people in Herefordshire are being asked to look out for their elderly friends, relatives and neighbours.

Helen Coombes, director of adult wellbeing said “Cold can kill, even if the temperatures haven’t hit their lowest

There is a lot of advice available and it’s important that we make sure people think about how the cold can affect them or their friends and family, particularly if they are older, very young or have pre-existing health conditions.

These groups can be particularly vulnerable to the ill-effects of cold so think now what you could do to help.”

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

Graham Powell, chair of the health and wellbeing board said “Many people across Herefordshire find the winter period very difficult.

I would encourage everyone to check on older or vulnerable neighbours or relatives, to make sure they’re safe and well, are warm enough and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during extreme weather conditions. It is small measures such as these that might save a life.”

Tags: Health and social care, Public Health