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Cold weather snap forecast with NHS urging people to take extra care


A health body which commissions health services for Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas is urging local residents to prepare for a period of cold and icy conditions over the next few days.

Choosing the right service will ensure patients receive the best possible treatment, while freeing up busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.

Gill Collinson, CCG Chief Nurse said:

“It’s important to remember that your local pharmacist can help with a number of medications and offer advice on a number of conditions, so you don’t need to visit your GP. There is no need to make an appointment.

“Should your condition not be getting better or if it’s something you regularly suffer with, do get in touch with your GP practice and they should be able to offer you an appointment. If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, it’s best to buy medication like paracetamol from your local supermarket or pharmacist and then stay at home to rest ensuring you drink lots of fluids.

“If you’re not sure where you should go or need medical advice but it’s not an emergency, we’d always recommend dialling ‘111’ to speak with someone who can offer advice and signpost you to the most appropriate service.

“We’re already seeing pressures on NHS services around the country; therefore in life-threatening emergencies only should you dial ‘999’.

“We urge local residents to really think about which services they need to access so the right services are available at the right time, for those who really need them.

“If you have an elderly relative, friend or neighbour, it’s also important to keep a look-out to see if they are warm and well. We advise you to take special care when walking or driving during the icy conditions. It’s also worth considering if a trip out is really needed in the worst of the weather. It may be worth putting off a trip if you have heart or lung problems, or if you have recently had any falls.” 

For more information and tips on staying well this winter, please visit the campaign website: https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/