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January 16, 2024

Bolton NHS issues advice for staying well during freezing weather

Heavy snowfall in Horwich, Bolton

Health leads at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust are issuing health advice for staying well during freezing temperatures this week.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Met Office have issued a Cold-Health Alert, which covers Bolton until midday on Friday 19 January.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the low single figures and yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for snow and ice until Thursday 18 January.

With the arrival of cold weather, Dr. Francis Andrews, Medical Director at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

January is always a really busy time for our Emergency Department and hospital and community services, especially when freezing temperatures set in.

“The Met Office’s yellow warning for snow and ice means there’s an increase chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy roads and pavements, particularly for people who are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather.

“Please take extra care when out and about over the next few days, and look out for family and friends who are more vulnerable by checking to see if they need help or are feeling unwell.

“Our Emergency Department is always here to help in a life or limb-threatening emergency, but there are lots of other ways you can keep safe and well, including visiting your local pharmacist who is highly-skilled to deal with winter ailments such as coughs and colds.

“You can also contact your GP or make use of the out of hours service. If you are unsure about the best place for your care, use NHS 111 online or by phone to get help for your symptoms.

Whilst exposure to cold weather can affect anyone, some people are particularly at risk, such as people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those aged 5 and under, and people with long-term health conditions.

You can find local health services available to you through the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership website.

When you use the right NHS service, you get the right treatment sooner. Find out more about Get To Know Where To Go, NHS Greater Manchester’s toolkit to support you to find the best place for your care.

Tips for staying warm

  • Heats rooms you spend the most time in to a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius, if possible.
  • Keep bedroom windows closed and try to reduce draughts.
  • Wear multiple layers of thinner clothing, which can be more effective than one thicker layer.
  • Keep active with regular exercise.
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