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Take extra care this winter

With the weather predicted to take a turn for the worse, doctors at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are reminding people of the main tips to stay fit and healthy in the cold.

 

Each winter, there are significant numbers of injuries and illnesses due to cold weather, snow and ice, and older people are especially vulnerable. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is recommending a number of key steps that you can take to keep warm and keep well in the colder weather:

  • Only go out in severe weather if your journey’s absolutely necessary
  • If you are going outside, make sure you wrap up well and wear flat, sensible shoes
  • Take in lots of hot drinks and meals like stews and soups
  • Keep your living room at 21°C
  • Keep your bedroom at 18°C
  • Keep your curtains open in the day, and closed at night

If the weather means you can’t get out and about, speak to friends, family and neighbours to see if they can help you out.

One of the main things you can do to take extra care in winter is to be prepared for it. There are quite a few ways you can do this, including:

  • Getting a flu jab – if you’re over 65, or have certain conditions like diabetes, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you can get one for free on the NHS – speak to your GP for more information.
  • Making sure you order any repeat prescriptions in plenty of time so that you don’t run out of essential medicine in bad weather or over the holidays.

Rose Johnson, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Each winter, we see lots of people coming in with injuries and broken bones from slips, trips and falls which could have been prevented.

“These are especially common in older people, whose bones are more fragile, and who may not be able to recover so quickly.

“I’d urge everyone to avoid going out in the snow and ice wherever they can. If your journey is absolutely necessary, make sure you take extra care and wear flat, sensible shoes, as well as wrapping up warm.”

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