Wise up for winter
Colder temperatures, nasty weather, and flu – for many, it’s not always ‘yay’ to winter.
Just like summer can bring sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration, winter brings with it risks that we might well than normal and make us more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter.
The over 75s, children, and those with long-term conditions, being cold can also raise the risk of increased blood pressure, which in turn can cause heart attacks and strokes – two of the main reasons we get called out to people at winter time.
So this is our ‘Wise Up For Winter’ campaign, promoting the most important health - and incident-related topics to help inform you to be safe and well this winter.
We responded to nearly 274,000 patients between November 2015 and February 2016. Ten thousand more than the winter before.
So we want to help people meet winter head-on, to be prepared, to save lives, keep an eye on those who might need some extra help, and spread the word about using NHS services in the best way possible.
It’s an incredibly busy time for the ambulance service so we’re urging you to look after your health, to help reduce the chances they will need to call us and above all choose the right service for your needs – be that 111, your GP, local minor injuries unit or pharmacist.
Please help us spread the vital health messages with friends and family who may not be online. You can find EEAST on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram using #winterwise to keep up to date with the winter tips.
We will be running a series of Twitterthons from our control rooms and front-line ambulances. Plus blogs, short videos, polls, general advice and directions to information about staying well will appear on this page so please bookmark it.
You can also access a wealth of information about caring for yourself and others to ensure a healthy winter. The NHS campaign ‘Stay well this winter’ can be accessed here.
Will you wise up for winter?