Level 3 Cold Weather Alert Issued

There is a 100% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/snow between 08:00 on Wednesday and 18:00 on Friday 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.

This is an extension to the Level 3 Alert issued on Sunday 20th January. Generally milder conditions are expected to spread east across England later on Friday 25th January.

Amber — Severe weather action

Triggered by the Met Office when we are experiencing weather which breaches any of the thresholds. This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.

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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