DERBYSHIRE: On alert as cold snap looms

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Frontline health staff across Derbyshire are on alert to help protect vulnerable patients in their own homes as cold weather is predicted over the coming days.

District nurses, health visitors and therapists working in the community as part of Derbyshire.

Community Health Services NHS Trust’s team often provide a vital lifeline to elderly and vulnerable patients who may live alone.

Gill Levick, who leads health visiting services for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “Our health visitors very often see patients in their own homes and will have a good insight into whether they are struggling to keep warm as the cold weather hits.

“So in the course of providing the treatment needed during the visit, they can also offer general tips about keeping warm.”

Jo Furley, spokesperson for community services in the south of the county for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “Our professional teams know how vulnerable patients can be to extremes of temperature, both in mid winter and mid summer.

“But neighbours, friends and family can also play an important role in making sure frail people are aware of the simple tips about keeping warm and safe at home.”