Residents urged to stay safe this winter

​Date: 02/12/2014

We are working with NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group to remind residents to be safe this season with tips to plan ahead and be prepared for winter.

The message is to be ready for winter by keeping warm, preparing ahead before travelling by car in extreme weather, having emergency contacts ready and to hand as well as ensuring medicine and food cupboards are stocked up.

The Council is also advising everyone, through an online winter leaflet, to check festive opening hours of GP practices, pharmacies or shops.

Director of Public Health, Dr Andrew Furber said: "During the winter months we see more cases of colds and flu, with individuals at higher risk of serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and mental health problems.

"The winter leaflet includes a basic checklist for care options depending on people's symptoms. This will ensure that residents get the right care and avoid needless visits to busy A&E departments."

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: "It may be cold outside but winter doesn't need to be an unsafe time of year for people and their families.

"As the weather changes it is important to stay well by following simple steps like getting your flu vaccination, keeping warm and helping others by checking on vulnerable adults, neighbours and relatives."

People are urged to avoid putting off getting their flu vaccinations by contacting their GPs, nurses or health professionals immediately. Residents aged 65 or over, pregnant women, children aged two, three or four, residents living in nursing or residential homes homes and everyone who cares for older or disabled people are eligible for a free vaccination.

Anybody concerned about the safety or well-being of an adult or older person should contact Social Care Direct on 0345 8 503 503.

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