A WINTER weather warning has been announced by the NHS.
Health bosses are urging people, especially the elderly to take extra care and make sure they don’t end up in hospital this Christmas.
Following the MET office’s forecast of low temperatures, people are being asked to stay safe and keep warm.
Director for public health at NHS North of England Paul Johnstone said: “The cold weather can bring an increased risk of chest infections, heart attacks and strokes for the elderly.
“To try and avoid this our advice is to make sure your house is warm enough and resist the urge to save money on the heating bills.
“Making sure you wear a hat when you leave the house will also help you to stay warm.
“NHS Yorkshire and the Humber is committed to helping as many people as possible avoid a Christmas in hospital.
“By being aware of the change in conditions you could avoid falling victim to the elements.
“If you have an elderly parent, relative or neighbour, by just offering to go to the shops for them or gritting their garden path you can help them to stay indoors where it is warm and you could also be helping them to avoid a trip to A&E this Christmas.”