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GPs warn stay warm as temperatures fall in the South

Snowfall in Mayfield, in January of this year Credit: Rebecca Chivers

The Met Office has today issued a warning of an 80 % probability of severe cold weather between 2100 on Monday 28 Nov and 1500 on Friday 02 Dec in parts of England.

The NHS is urging people to Stay Well This Winter, as well as to look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help during the colder months.

The elderly will be in the largest age group admitted to hospital this winter. Half live alone and one third never or only occasionally socialise with family or friends. As a result, they will often be slow to seek help.

“There are a range of health problems associated with cold housing and winter weather. In particular, a cold indoor or outdoor environment can make heart and respiratory problems worse, and in some cases can even be fatal.

– Dr Nina Wilson, NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG clinical lead for Long Term Health Conditions and local GP