Take extra care to help local hospitals

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:11 17 June 2010

DOCTORS have urged Sidmouth residents to take extra care of themselves in the cold weather and help relieve pressure on East Devon s hospitals and emergency departments.

DOCTORS have urged Sidmouth residents to take extra care of themselves in the cold weather and help relieve pressure on East Devon's hospitals and emergency departments.

As a cold snap continues to bite and winter flu still circulating, GPs and hospitals have had a very busy start to the New Year.

Icy conditions, especially in the early mornings, have led to more people falling and a rise patients needing hospital care for respiratory problems and flu complications.

GP Dr Nick D'Arcy, a Devon Primary Care Trust board member, said: "There is so much we can do to protect our health at this time of year - and help ensure that our doctors and nurses can direct their efforts where they're really needed.

"We also urge people to keep themselves warm, to stay indoors if they're vulnerable to the cold, wrap up well when they do go out, and to do everything they can to avoid passing on any bugs they may be suffering from.

"With Flu, the vast majority of people who catch it should just put themselves to bed, take paracetamol and drink plenty of water, and wait until the symptoms pass."

Call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 for advice.


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