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Guides to a Warmer Winter Sent to Residents in South Dorset

Warmth

8:03am 17th January 2013

500 winter deaths could be avoided in Dorset this year, that's the line from the local NHS.

Over 25 thousand people die in the UK every year from the cold weather, with pensioners the most at risk.

GP's here in Dorset have sent out information booklets to people over the age of 75, explaining what can be done to keep warm this winter.

Money to produce the guide comes from a Department of Health grant.

Dr Chris McCall from Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said "Every year we work hard to help inform local people about how they can keep well during the winter, minimise their personal risk and use local healthcare appropriately.

In the booklet we try to dispel a few common myths whilst giving advice on how people can minimise their risks including eating healthily, keeping warm and safe and where they can go for help.  For those taking regular medication, it is important to continue to do so and to ensure repeat prescriptions are collected well in advance.

The effects of cold weather can be very serious to some people, so with temperatures set to drop over the weekend we are advising people across the county to make sure they are able to keep warm and check on those that may be living alone or be vulnerable".

Copies of Your helpful guide to keeping warm well and safe this winter can also be obtained by emailing communications@dorsetccg.nhs.uk and is available on the CCG web site.

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