Ambulance service ask you to wise up to winter in Harlow

Communities / Fri 13th Nov 2015 at 09:56am

AMBULANCE service life is featuring in a new campaign to help the public get winter wise in the coming months.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has launched ‘Wise Up For Winter’ which will cover themes such as the most common reasons people call in winter, a day in the life of patient care, and how people can keep safe and well.

The advice aims to help people be prepared, care for themselves and others, save lives, and spread the word about using NHS services in the best way possible. Throughout the winter months it will offer advice on road safety, the flu, what to keep at home for treating minor illnesses, and when you should be calling 111, visiting your GP or pharmacist.

Sandy Brown, Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality for EEAST, said: “It’s the season of colder temperatures, nasty weather, and illnesses like flu. In particular, the over 65s, carers, children, and those with long-term conditions are more vulnerable to the cold and damp weather, and of course ice, snow and high winds can all cause more risk.

“Last winter, we responded to 263,750 patients, hundreds of whom may be equally or even more vulnerable this year if their health has deteriorated. We urge people to reduce the chances that they will need to call us and above all choose the right service for their needs – be that 111, your GP, a minor injuries unit or pharmacist.”

People can access advice at www.eastamb.nhs.uk and can help spread the vital health messages with friends and family who may not be online. You can find EEAST on Facebook and follow on Twitter using #winterwise to keep up to date with the winter tips. We will be running a series of Twitterthons from our control rooms and ambulances. Plus blogs, short videos, general advice and directions to information about staying well.

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