Doctors in Craven say "choose NHS services wisely"

Dr Dave Tatham - Call from doctors to use services wisely as the cold snap continues

7:02am 4th March 2018
(Updated 7:06am 4th March 2018)

Doctors across Bradford District and Craven are urging people to take care as the cold weather continues.

NHS staff have been working very hard to ensure services continue uninterrupted while the snow has been falling, to ensure patients receive high quality care.

However, as the snow melts for some, minus temperatures and strong winds are due to move in, which can further increase the risk of illness or injury to vulnerable people and those who are out and about on icy pavements and roads.

Dr David Tatham (pictured), clinical lead for urgent and emergency care at NHS Bradford District and Craven CCGs said:

“It’s tempting to think we’re ‘out of the woods’ now that the snow is beginning to melt back for some, but this week’s snowfall will be followed by extreme cold, ice and strong winds.

“These conditions pose additional challenges for the health service as they increase the likelihood of slips, trips and falls, resulting in higher numbers of patients needing treatment for minor injuries.

“Prolonged cold weather also increases risks to vulnerable people including those who are older, or who have long-term conditions such as asthma, COPD or lung diseases.”

Accident and emergency (A&E) departments have been busy this week treating those who have fallen ill during the cold snap, with pressures felt throughout the system including at GP surgeries, in hospitals and at the ambulance service.

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