The Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency have issued an amber Cold Health Alert for London, which is currently in place until midday on Friday 19th January.
As temperatures drop and weather becomes more hostile, we’re here to help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe and in good health.
It is now more important than ever to look out for others — cold weather can have serious health consequences for older people, children and those with certain long-term health conditions.
Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather. This includes:
Reach out to elderly or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours to check how they are coping. Offering practical advice, such as grocery shopping or collecting medicines can make a significant difference.
We are aware that this winter may be more challenging for families and communities due to the cost of living crisis. If you are struggling to heat your home, Simple Energy Advice provides recommendations on how to make improvements to reduce your energy bills whilst keeping your home warm in the colder months. Alternatively, Warm Welcome Spaces can help you find free warm spaces in your local area.
During winter, hospitals across south east London are likely to be much busier than usual.
Please help us to help you. If you need care over this period:
If you’re at greater risk from flu, it’s important to get the extra protection of vaccination in winter. For most people, flu is unpleasant, but for some it can be dangerous and even life-threatening. The vaccine is safe and effective, and is the best protection from this virus.
You need to have the flu vaccine every year because the viruses that cause flu change every year. Making sure you are up to date with your winter vaccinations can help you stay healthy this winter.
The cold weather makes it more difficult for some people to get out and about. Make sure you’re stocked up on much needed medication in case you can’t get to the pharmacy when you need to.
For more advice on how to stay safe in cold weather, see gov.uk’s cold weather guidance.