Hailsham Town Council has issued some guidance to residents on how to stay healthy in the winter, as well as some information about who does what locally during the winter months.
With Covid-19 still very much in circulation, it is important as ever for residents to consider others, such as neighbours and relatives, to protect their health and stay safe over the next couple of months.
“Colder temperatures and adverse weather conditions bring with it a number of health risks,” said Town Clerk John Harrison. In particular, it can make fighting infection more difficult, particularly among older adults and other vulnerable groups.”
“It is important to remember that the majority of winter-related illnesses here occur at temperatures that may be considered quite mild and well before my might see frost or ice. Therefore, it is highly beneficial to check whether older and more vulnerable people you know or care for are able to keep their homes warm and to keep checking even when temperatures remain mild.”
“Bad weather during the winter months can also make some people more susceptible to accidents such as slips and falls. Add to that, it can become increasingly difficult for the elderly or those with underlying conditions to collect medicines or shop for food.”
“For this reason, we are publishing useful information that can help better prepare people in the local community for the changing weather and to give us the best chance against the Covid-19 Omicron variant and other winter viruses such as the flu.”
Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of colder weather during the winter months, including:
If you are 65 or over, or in one of the other at-risk groups, it’s important to seek medical help as soon as you feel unwell.
You can obtain help and advice from:
Influenza, or the flu, will often get better on its own, but it can cause serious illness among older and more vulnerable people. Therefore, it is important to get the flu vaccine if you’re advised to.
Information on the flu vaccine can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/ If you are aged 65 or over, you are also eligible for the pneumococcal vaccine, which will help protect you from pneumonia.
Follow these tips to help keep you and your family in good health at home:
East Sussex County Council provides a free ‘Warm Home Check’ Service for low-income households who own or privately rent their property. If you are on a low income and are either: an older person, a family with children, a disabled person or someone with a long-term health condition (or if anyone in your household is), then you may qualify for this service.
The Warm Home Check includes:
It is quick and easy to self-refer online for a Warm Home check . Alternatively, text WARM to 81400 or Call 03444 111 444.
Colder winter conditions bring with it potential hazards such as snow and ice, therefore the Town Council is urging residents to take extra care when out and about at this time of year.
There are lots of people involved in keeping the town and its roads and footpaths as accessible and safe as possible in winter.
East Sussex County Council (ESCC):
ESCC is responsible for the highway winter service in Hailsham. With a few exceptions, ESCC grits and maintains the highways, including most of the roads locally.
ESCC has primary and secondary gritting routes – when icy conditions are forecast they will grit primary routes first (including all A and B roads and some C roads). They provide a 24/7 gritting service, scheduling gritters based on weather forecasts and road surface temperatures.
You can find out more about ESCC’s work over the winter months at https://www.eastsussexhighways.com/our-services/winter-service.
Wealden District Council (WDC):
WDC is responsible for keeping much of the town clean and tidy – including clearing fallen leaves from the pavements. WDC also has some resources which it may deploy to assist its staff, tenants and the general public in snowy and icy conditions, including precautionary salting and gritting of WDC’s car parks as well as some pavements.
Hailsham Town Council (HTC):
HTC looks after most of Hailsham’s parks and green spaces. In winter, HTC’s priority is to make the key paths and routes in these spaces as safe as possible for the public and looks to support ESCC and WDC during spells of particularly inclement weather if priorities for the town change.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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