Keep safe and healthy over the holiday period

​Date: 23/12/2016

Ref: PR8444

Residents are being reminded to be safe and keep healthy over the Christmas and New Year period, with tips to plan ahead.

People are being urged to prepare for cold spells by keeping warm at home, planning ahead before travelling by car in extreme weather, having emergency contacts ready and ensuring medicine and food cupboards are stocked up.

They are also being advised to take precautions against spread norovirus, which is the region. The bug, often known as 'winter vomiting disease', is infectious and easily spread. But by taking precautions such as washing the hands regularly and thoroughly, can help prevent passing on the virus.

Residents are also being asked to check on their older and disabled neighbours and family members who may need extra support in the cold weather.

Wakefield's Director of Public Health, Dr Andrew Furber, said: "During the winter months we see more cases of colds and flu. Some people are at higher risk of serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and mental health problems. So it is important to be prepared."

Dr Furber is advising people to familiarise themselves with the Council's winter health leaflet which can be found at  www.wakefield.gov.uk/seasonalhealth  It explains different 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.

People are being encouraged to check festive opening hours of GP practices, pharmacies or shops well ahead.

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. I would encourage every to be prepared.

"If the weather gets colder it is important to support others by checking on vulnerable adults, neighbours and relatives, who may not want to venture out in icy weather."

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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