‘Take extra care ahead of freezing weather’ say doctors

PUBLISHED: 12:47 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:48 04 February 2015

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Doctors in East Devon are warning people across the region to take extra care and look out for others ahead of a second cold snap due this week.

The Met Office has raised a level three cold weather alert across the South West meaning conditions are likely to worsen - with a high possibility of widespread ice and heavy snow.

The bad weather means increased pressure on the NHS locally as the likelihood of weather related accidents and illness increases.

People are being asked to use health services wisely, using self-care where possible and only attending A&E in an emergency.

Devon GP Dr David Jenner said: “We want to encourage people to continue to use 999 and A&Es only in life threatening situations.

“This really helps us to make sure those who need care get it, and this will continue to be important as the cold weather gets more severe.

“January was a very busy month and the situation continues to be challenging. We have put in place our winter plans to boost the support we have available and continue to prioritise those who are most in need.

“We really appreciate the public’s support in helping reduce pressure on the NHS by choosing the best service for their needs.”

Health professions from the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group say that simple things like staying warm, stocking up on over the counter medicine and checking on neighbours are just some ways people can help themselves.

If you do fall or become ill, there’s a great range of NHS services in Devon which offer help and treatment quickly and avoid long waits at busy A&E departments.

If it’s not an emergency, call or visit your GP practice, pharmacy or minor injuries unit, or call NHS 111.


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