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Met Office issues weather warnings for snow

16/03/2018

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for snow and ice.

The alert will be in place from 4pm on Saturday 17 March until 9am on Sunday 18 March.

This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

This means that temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people, those with long term conditions and those living in cold homes.

Age UK has produced the some guidance so if you are working with elderly or vulnerable people or have elderly or vulnerable relatives.

Make sure that you stay warm. If going outside make sure you dress appropriately. If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature; heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing .

If there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111.

More information is available on the winter health pages at NHS Choices.

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