‘Look out for elderly relatives and neighbours this winter’ say doctors

Senior Woman Warming Hands By Fire At Home

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Doctors are urging people to keep an eye on neighbours and relatives during the winter months.

Doctors are reminding people to stay warm this winter – and to look after older relatives and neighbours.

Keeping warm throughout winter can help prevent colds and flu, or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

Dr Paul Hardy, GP and clinical chairman for NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Keeping warm over the winter period is really important, particularly for those who are over 65, those with long-term conditions and those who are disabled, as we know they are more at risk of becoming seriously unwell.

“I would advise people to visit their local pharmacy at the first sign of illness, so they can receive treatment to prevent themselves from becoming more unwell.”

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Doctors advise heating your home to at least 18 degrees Celsius, and winter fuel payments are available for those over the age of 65.

More information on winter health and keeping warm can be found at www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk.

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