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Winter check list

To make sure you area safe this winter and hopefully avoid a call to our service, we have pulled together a winter check list.

  • Wear appropriate shoes when outside especially during icy weather. We typically see an increase to slips and falls during colder spells
  • Plan ahead and check local weather forecasts and road conditions in your area.
  • Ensuring that your vehicle is suitably stocked; consider keeping the following in your car during bad weather:

o  Shovel

o   Ice scraper & de-icer and extra screen wash

o   Torch and batteries

o   Snacks

o   A warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and warm clothes

o   Sturdy footwear

o   A flask of hot drink

  • Look out for any vulnerable friends and neighbours – what could you do to help them?
  • Wear bright colours at night. Can you be clearly seen as a pedestrian or cyclist? If walking at dusk or at night use a torch
  • Heat homes to at least 18C (65F). You might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer
  • Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights – breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections. If outside in the cold, cover your nose and mouth – especially if you have a long-term health condition which might be exacerbated by the cold air
  • Keep active when you're indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so
  • When was the last time your vehicle was serviced? If your car is safer, so are you
  • Wear several layers of light clothes. They trap warm air better than one bulky layer
  • 999 should only be dialled in the event of a life-threatening or serious emergency
  • People who are not facing a serious emergency should make alternative arrangements such as dialling NHS 111 or seeking alternative advice from a GP or pharmacist so we can focus on those who need us most

For further information on how to protect yourself and others this winter please click on the following link:https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/#d7bxHGEs0CmHyO1R.97

When to call 999:

If you think a patient is suffering from one of the following you must dial 999 for an ambulance:

  • heart attack (e.g. chest pain for more than 15 minutes)
  • sudden unexplained shortness of breath
  • heavy bleeding
  • unconsciousness (even if the patient has regained consciousness)
  • traumatic back/spinal/neck pain

You should also call for an ambulance if: 

  • you think the patient's illness or injury is life-threatening
  • you think the illness or injury may become worse, or even life-threatening on the way to the hospital
  • moving the patient/s without skilled people could cause further injury
  • the patient needs the skills or equipment of the ambulance service and its personnel

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