Level 2 Cold Weather Alert Issued

There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather between 06:00 on Friday and 06:00 on Saturday in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.

A cold northerly airflow will become established across the UK this week. Later this week as the wind becomes light which will allow sharp overnight frosts to occur, and lead to lower mean temperatures. Northern and some western areas of the UK will become the coldest, and there will be an increased likelihood of ice on surfaces, especially where surfaces remain wet from standing water or run-off. Freezing fog remains likely.

Advice: Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or your local pharmacist.

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