With the Met Office forecasting increasingly hazardous weather on Thursday afternoon into Friday, it is likely that local health services will be under increased pressure.

The NHS in Gloucestershire is therefore urging people to think twice before heading to the Emergency Department (A&E) or calling 999 if it is not a life threatening emergency.

If you are unwell and not sure where to turn, the Advice ASAP app or website (see below) provides information about lots of health conditions, looking after yourself and where to find the right help.

If you’re worried about your health and need medical advice, call your GP surgery or NHS 111.

Simple measures to keep well during the cold weather include:

• Drawing curtains at dusk and keeping doors closed to block out draughts will keep houses warm.
• Heating your home to at least 18C, particularly if you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease
• Having regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter
• Wearing several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer)
• Wrapping up warm and wearing shoes with a good grip
• Looking out for neighbours and older people who may be vulnerable to the cold.

Visit the ASAP website via www.asapglos.nhs.uk

Further advice on staying well in cold weather can be found via NHS Choices https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/keepwarmkeepwell.aspx