Cold Weather Alert for Kent
26th January 2022
26th January 2022
A level two cold weather alert was announced for Kent by the Met Office last week. With continuing cold and wintry weather predicted over the next few days, families across Kent are being urged to follow a few simple measures to keep their loved ones warm, safe and healthy.
With cold weather in Southeast England predicted until the end of this week, a level two cold weather alert has triggered actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community organisations, to support vulnerable people who have health issues that increase their risk of harm.
Prolonged cold weather can be a risk for anyone. However, vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with long-term medical conditions, are particularly at risk. This creates further health concerns this winter season, as Covid-19 cases are still prevalent in the community and those in vulnerable groups can be most at risk of severe symptoms
KCC Cabinet Member for Public Health and Adult Social Care, Clair Bell says: “With severe winter weather, there always comes the warning and appeal to residents to help the most vulnerable members of their community – we appreciate that most people will be able to look after themselves, but some need more support to prepare.”
She adds: “Having a family member, friend or neighbour who can help out can be vital in cold weather – helping with anything from putting the bin out to collecting a prescription or doing some grocery shopping. Please help to protect Kent – be ready to rally round, to take time to care for yourself, your family and others.”
Simple tips such as making regular hot drinks and wearing several thin layers of clothes rather than one thick one can help to keep your body warm.
KCC Interim Director for Public Health Allison Duggal says: “Exposure to the cold increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks – even a short time in the cold, outdoors or indoors, can have a lasting effect. This year especially, we want to ease the burden on the NHS and keep people safe at home. Basic advice can help them to do that – such as being ready to stay indoors, making sure there is enough food and medicine at home and ordering repeat prescriptions in plenty of time. People should wrap up warm to protect themselves and help those who may have difficulty following the basic advice.”
Some top tips for keeping warm at home:
Top tips for keeping warm when going out:
More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather at kent.gov.uk/winterhealth
Imperial Pharmacy in The Pantiles is ideally placed to provide advice, products and services to ensure you and your loved ones stay warm this winter. They are an independent pharmacy that dispenses both NHS and private prescriptions. The team’s aim is for you to achieve the maximum benefit from your medicines alongside other vital services and the range of health and beauty products that they offer.
For more details visit their website: imperialpharmacy.co.uk.