Thursday, 9 February 2012

Keep Warm And Well Advice As Winter Weather Returns

With a prolonged spell of very cold weather predicted, agencies across Cambridgeshire are working together to help people in the county stay safe, warm and well as the winter weather hits.

Health services, road safety experts and care support services are sharing information, expertise and support to ensure that a comprehensive range of services is available to vulnerable residents, when they need it most.

Gritting and treating a wide network of highways, footpaths and cycleways, working with district and parish councils to grit community areas such as paths outside shops, community centres and doctors surgeries and schemes designed to cut drink driving and raise accident awareness among drivers will help to reduce hospital admissions and trips to GP surgeries or A & E as well as keep people safe.

The local NHS will be working with District Councils and with voluntary sector agencies such as Age UK to provide advice on how to keep warm and well over winter, as well as encouraging vulnerable people to take up flu vaccinations, and avoid slips and trips.

Cambridgeshire Director of Public Health, Dr Liz Robin, said: "I would encourage everyone who is eligible for a free seasonal flu jab this winter to take up the opportunity to protect their health. This includes

  • All pregnant women irrespective of their stage of pregnancy
  • Adults and children who suffer from: Chronic respiratory disease (such as asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis), Heart disease, Diabetes, Kidney or liver disease, Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, or Chronic neurological disease such as stroke/transient ischaemic attack (TIA) Multiple Sclerosis
  • All people aged 65 and over 

For additional help and support residents should use the county-wide Help at Home service, provided by the Cambridgeshire Care Network Charity and funded by the County Council and NHS Cambridgeshire,  this is accessible by calling (01223) 714433 or visiting www.care-network.org.uk - for additional health and social care services go to http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/social/