conditions put us under pressure because snow and ice mean more
people dial 999 after slipping or falling over, and the cold can
make existing conditions – like asthma – worse.
It also gets harder for our crews to reach
patients. And it means some people are unable to get to GP
surgeries or their local pharmacist.
To make sure you stay safe when it’s cold and
- Dress appropriately and wear sensible
- Wrap up warm to help keep
the cold at bay
- Stock up on medicine,
especially if you have a pre-existing condition such as asthma
- Check on your neighbours,
especially older people to make sure they have everything they
You should always think carefully before
dialling 999 and consider other healthcare options. If you have a
minor illness or injury, think about:
- Using your local pharmacist or NHS walk-in
- Calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47
- Make you own way to hospital – going in an
ambulance does not mean you will get seen any quicker.
Find out more about the options
available to help you choose the right treatment for you this