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Cold weather health alert issued

19th February 2013

The Department of Health has warned that very cold weather in the UK over the next three days could result in "significant health risks".

The DH advised health and care workers to look at the Public Health Cold Weather Plan in order to ensure at-risk groups received the appropriate support. The DH said 24,000 more deaths occurred in winter 2012 than in other times of the year. Forecasts by the Met Office showed there was "a 60% chance of severe cold weather in the North West, South West, London and West Midlands regions being low enough on at least two consecutive days to give rise to significant health risks", and "a 70% chance of the same occurring in the East Midlands, East of England, North East, South East, and Yorkshire and the Humber regions".

It advises health and social care providers to study the Public Health Cold Weather Plan which sets out advice for contingency planning and ensuring the very young and very old and other at risk patients and vulnerable people get extra support. 

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