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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Severe weather warning

Severe weather warning

Heavy snow and icy conditions will accompany the severe cold weather that is forecast for the South East and is likely to cause disruption to transport.

If you are having difficulties attending one of our hospitals for an appointment please contact your care co-ordinator or named healthcare professional so that alternative arrangements can be made. Details of all our services can be found in our A-Z Directory.

During cold weather it is important to be prepared to stay indoors, especially if bad weather is forecast. But if you have to travel or go outdoors, be aware that weather can change unpredictably so please plan ahead and check the weather forecast, and wear suitable layers of warm clothing and shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.

During this cold weather make sure that you take action to stay well and stay warm. Suggestions to help you stay well this winter include:

  • Keep room temperatures between 18-21°C (65-75°F)
  • Make sure you have enough food and supplies at home
  • Have regular hot drinks and meals
  • Make sure you have warm clothes to hand – wear several thin layers, rather than one thick one
  • Contact your GP for a flu vaccine (it’s free for anyone over 65, people with long term conditions, pregnant women and children aged two to four)
  • Be prepared and order repeat prescriptions so you have enough medicine at home and cold and flu remedies from your pharmacists in case you need them
  • Ask for help when you need it from family, friends or neighbours – such as collecting prescriptions or doing shopping
  • Safety at home: check your appliances, heating and chimney
  • Keep a torch with spare batteries nearby in case of power outages.