Keep an eye on elderly during Big Freeze, urges NHS

WITH snow falling throughout the week, health bosses are urging people in 1066 Country to keep an eye on elderly neighbours.

Temperatures plummeted earlier this week, with weather forecasters predicting wind chill fuelled lows of -10.

Mindful of that, staff at NHS Hastings and Rother have issued a host of things locals can do to help friends and family through the winter.

Diana Grice, medical director for NHS Hastings and Rother, said: “The elderly, and those who are ill, are particularly vulnerable during cold weather. We all have a role to play in remembering the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours who could be at risk this time of year.

“People can take practical steps to minimise the risks during periods of cold weather.”

She encouraged people to stock up on food and medicine and urged people to regularly check on their neighbours to make sure they are OK and warm enough, especially.

Pensioners should also have at least one hot meal, have regular hot drinks and keep their room heated to between 18 and 21 degrees.