Stay well this winter

Published Friday, 4 December 2015

As the wintery weather heads this way, Bromley Council is working with health colleagues at the Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group to share NHS winter health advice.

The advice will help residents to keep well  during the winter, including encouraging those eligible to get a flu jab.

It also includes information on using the right service if they do become ill this winter when there is added pressure on A&E.  At this time of year it is particularly important for our vulnerable residents and those at risk of ill health to take good care of themselves and home carers visiting elderly and vulnerable residents are also offering advice and information about staying warm, safe and well.  

This is part of the council’s work to help prevent avoidable harm to health by raising people’s awareness of the negative health effects of cold weather and enable them to prepare for wintry weather.

Said Councillor Jeffreys, Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board:  

“In the cold weather it is essential to keep warm to stay healthy, especially for the very young, older people and those who have a long term medical condition. We want everyone to get involved in promoting these important messages at this time of year to help our resident’s keep warm, well and safe,  neighbours can also play their part in looking out for someone who might be vulnerable.”

Dr Andrew Parson, Chair of the NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group said:

"Throughout the year, but especially during the winter, we are working with our partners to support people in Bromley to be as healthy and well as possible.  Now is the most important time of year to help people get the right advice and information about how to take care of their health. We are particularly concerned that we support those vulnerable groups of people who are most at risk of ill health in the winter months.  If you start to feel unwell, act fast and speak to your pharmacist for quick, expert advice to help you recover quickly."

For lots more advice and information on how to keep warm, safe and well this winter you can visit 
www.bromley.gov.uk/winter or http://www.nhs.uk/staywell


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Notes to editors: 

  • The council is implementing the national Cold Weather Plan, which was published by Public Health England (Oct 2015) in collaboration with the Dept of Health, NHS England and the LGA. This is a public health plan which aims protect people’s health – it aims to prevent avoidable harm to health by raising people’s awareness of the negative health effects of cold weather and enabling them to prepare and take appropriate action.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Amanda Day, Communications Officer, on 020 8313 4390 or email amanda.day@bromley.gov.uk