Caution urged by local NHS ahead of potentially dangerous stormy weather
Local NHS officials are calling on people to show extra caution over the next few days ahead of potentially dangerous stormy weather in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.
Winds of up to 80 miles per hour brought on by Storm Eunice have been forecast for all parts of the region during Friday 18 February.
An amber weather warning is currently in place, which means widespread travel disruption, as well as an increased risk of personal injury to those heading outside, is expected.
As a result, health officials are urging people to take notice of the warnings in place, show increased vigilance and, wherever possible, to stay indoors.
Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director, said: “Many of us think we are invincible to the elements, but extremely strong winds, such as those forecast for our region, have the power to knock even the sturdiest of people off their feet.
“None of us ever set out to have an accident, so people, especially those who are older, should think long and hard about whether their morning run, daily cycle or just a quick walk to the shops is absolutely necessary in these stormy conditions.
“With local NHS services already under immense pressure, doing whatever we can to avoid accidents that would otherwise require medical intervention will help our hardworking teams to continue providing care to those most in need.”
The Met Office amber warning indicates that buildings, trees and power lines are all at risk of significant damage during the bad weather, and that flying debris could cause serious injury.
Wherever possible, people should avoid travel and only go outside when absolutely necessary, such as for essential medical appointments.
Any person who becomes injured during the bad weather is urged to think carefully about which service is most appropriate for their condition, as doing so will help already-busy medical teams prioritise those with the most urgent care needs.
Advice on how to care for cuts, bruises and sprains at home can be found through the NHS website at www.nhs.uk.
Additionally, healthcare advice tailored to a person’s specific symptoms can be accessed through the 111 service, which is available at www.111.nhs.uk or over the phone.
Calling 999 or visiting a hospital emergency department should be reserved for genuine, life-threatening conditions, such as chest pain, loss of consciousness and heavy bleeding.
For more information on locally available healthcare services, visit www.bswccg.nhs.uk.