Safety warning to older people

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ELDERLY people are being warned to take extra care to ensure they don’t fall victim to the bad weather this winter.

Director for public health at NHS North of England, Paul Johnstone, said: “The cold weather can bring an increased risk of chest infections, heart attacks and strokes for the elderly.

“Our advice is to make sure your house is warm enough, and resist the urge to save money on heating bills. Making sure you wear a hat when you leave the house will also help you to stay warm.”

He told younger people: “If you have an elderly parent, relative or neighbour, by just offering to go to the shops for them or gritting their garden path you can help them to stay indoors where it is warm and you could also be helping them avoid a trip to A&E this Christmas.”