As the Met Office issues a cold weather warning for the next week, clinicians across north east Essex are encouraging people to look out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbours or relatives.
They say people and those with long-term health conditions are particularly susceptible to illness and isolation at this time of year, yet it can sometimes be difficult for those at risk to admit they need help.
North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has the following advice how to help elderly and vulnerable people you may know:
Colchester GP and Chairman of the North East Essex CCG, Dr Hasan Chowhan, said: “Over the next week we are likely to be experiencing some very cold temperatures so we are asking communities to keep a close eye out for elderly or vulnerable people who may fall ill. Winter is a time when communities should come together to support those in need.
“We are also encouraging people to seek the help or support they need early before their condition becomes so serious that they are admitted to hospital.
“If you are aged over 75 or you are living with a long-term medical condition such as a respiratory illness, don’t wait when you’re feeling ill – get help straight away. Speak to your local pharmacist first and they’ll either recommend an over-the-counter medicine to alleviate your symptoms, or tell you if you need to see your GP.”
For more information on staying well this winter visit www.neessexccg.nhs.uk or www.nhs.uk/staywell
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