MESSAGE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Public Health England has urged Brits to check on frail or vulnerable neighbours and relatives as a severe cold spell hits the UK.
Dr Owen Landeg, Group Leader, Extreme Events and Health Protection at PHE, said: “Cold weather isn’t just uncomfortable it can have a serious impact on health. For older people and those with heart and lung problems it can increase the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.
“So, it’s really crucial at this time to remember to check on frail or older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses.
“Make a call, or socially-distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them of some simple but important health tips such as heating their home to at least 18C and to keep up to date with the forecast.
“It’s also helpful to check they have enough food and drinks and any medicines they need. This will help them to stay warm and stay well.”