East Lancashire people living with long-term illnesses warned to plan for winter

PEOPLE living with long-term illnesses are being urged to prepare for the winter months.

It is estimated that around half the adult population in Blackburn with Darwen and around a quarter of people across East Lancashire live with at least one long-term condition such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, asthma and other underlying health problems.

And health bosses say a fall in temperature to below 12 degrees, plus common winter illnesses such as coughs, colds, flu and the winter vomiting bug Norovirus can have an impact on their health if they aren’t prepared.

Burnley GP Dr David White said: “We are asking people who are normally healthy to think twice before they contact their local NHS services with common winter health complaints. “If you treat yourself at home, most common aches, pains and minor winter illnesses will begin to clear up by themselves within a few days. Often there is no need to make a GP appointment, call 999 or go to the hospital Urgent Care Centre for common winter minor illnesses.”

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6:51pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Good call says...

In preperation for a bad winter, people should have a supply of food and an off-grid heating source,wood and coal if you have a fireplace or stove if not, candles will do. Don't rely on the government and/or council to help you if things go wrong because they couldn't care less.
In preperation for a bad winter, people should have a supply of food and an off-grid heating source,wood and coal if you have a fireplace or stove if not, candles will do. Don't rely on the government and/or council to help you if things go wrong because they couldn't care less. Good call

9:41pm Mon 10 Dec 12

M Foster says...

Good call wrote:
In preperation for a bad winter, people should have a supply of food and an off-grid heating source,wood and coal if you have a fireplace or stove if not, candles will do. Don't rely on the government and/or council to help you if things go wrong because they couldn't care less.
You are right. The powers-that-be don't give a ****, especially for the old and infirm. They would rather send £billions to undeserving and unappreciative countries in foreign aid than look after it's own people - which SHOULD be first priority. Charity begins at home.

When our own people are not sleeping out rough, not having to survive on food parcel handouts, not dying in care homes/hospitals through lack of proper care, etc, etc, THEN we can start looking at the rest of the world.

Plan for winter how? Take out a loan to heat their home? Energy costs have shot up since our essential utilities were privatised. Thanks to LibLabCon.
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: In preperation for a bad winter, people should have a supply of food and an off-grid heating source,wood and coal if you have a fireplace or stove if not, candles will do. Don't rely on the government and/or council to help you if things go wrong because they couldn't care less.[/p][/quote]You are right. The powers-that-be don't give a ****, especially for the old and infirm. They would rather send £billions to undeserving and unappreciative countries in foreign aid than look after it's own people - which SHOULD be first priority. Charity begins at home. When our own people are not sleeping out rough, not having to survive on food parcel handouts, not dying in care homes/hospitals through lack of proper care, etc, etc, THEN we can start looking at the rest of the world. Plan for winter how? Take out a loan to heat their home? Energy costs have shot up since our essential utilities were privatised. Thanks to LibLabCon. M Foster

10:44am Tue 11 Dec 12

lwg76 says...

This is the Authorities Sloping Shoulders, If a vulnerable or sick person runs out of essentials inc medical supplies the Jobsworth will be able to blame it on the "Victim" for not taking preventive action rather than on themselves for not having plans to enable response to emergencies, such as the case last year of an individual running out of oxygen, when the authorities would not provide a reserve supply in the first place. during a snow spell and new supplies could not be delivered.
This is the Authorities Sloping Shoulders, If a vulnerable or sick person runs out of essentials inc medical supplies the Jobsworth will be able to blame it on the "Victim" for not taking preventive action rather than on themselves for not having plans to enable response to emergencies, such as the case last year of an individual running out of oxygen, when the authorities would not provide a reserve supply in the first place. during a snow spell and new supplies could not be delivered. lwg76

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