People living across the Fylde Coast have been urged to keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours during the cold winter months.

With temperatures set to plummet along with continued high winds, heavy rain and a forecast of snow, those people who are elderly and disabled can struggle to keep warm and go about their day-to-day business.

And health leaders in the area have called on those who are able-bodied to keep a watchful eye not just on their family and friends, but also neighbours who may find life difficult at this time of year.

Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) clinical chief officer Dr Tony Naughton said: “We have experienced some very cold and wet weather already as we head towards the festive period.

“All we are asking is that people who are fit and well just pop round to see their more vulnerable neighbours or make a quick phone call to check people are okay.

“It is a fact that more elderly people die during the colder months so it is vital we offer them as much help as possible to keep warm.”

Dr Naughton explained that people can help by offering to check on elderly friends and neighbours, by making sure they keep warm and are adequately fed by taking them meals.

They can also help with shopping and home tasks or give them a lift to shops, GP or pharmacy to pick up medications or get their flu jab. And, most importantly, watch for illness and make sure they seek help before it becomes more serious.

The message from Fylde and Wyre CCG comes as the organisation, which buys health services across the region, is backing the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England to help the public, and in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not require a visit to the hospital.


 

Notes:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government – around £200million in 2014/15 – and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk