AMBULANCE chiefs have warned people with long-term lung conditions to take extra precautions to look after their own health this winter.

Data shows ambulance crews attended 13,502 cases of people suffering with chronic breathing problems, including emphysema and bronchitis, in the past year.

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) expects these numbers to increase this year, particularly in winter when conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions.

Ged Davies, an advanced paramedic with an interest in COPD and paramedic lead on respiratory illness said: “It’s a good idea to make sure you have an up-to-date personalised care plan, if you have one.

“A care plan will help you manage your condition better, especially during the cold weather.

“The flu jab can protect you all winter and it’s best to get it before the real cold weather comes.

“ If you are in a risk group or aged over 65 or over, it is really important to get vaccinated.”

For more information on how to prepare for the winter,