THE MET Office has issued a level 3 cold weather alert for the North West. This means that there is a 99% probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow between 0900 on Thursday 14 Jan and 1200 on Tuesday 19 Jan in parts of England.
This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
In conjunction with Public Health England the core message to the public is:
Make sure that you stay warm.
If going outside make sure you dress appropriately.
If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature; heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing .
If there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications.
If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111.