As the cold weather returns, the risk of falls and slips increases especially with the current icy and slippery conditions. Health chiefs at Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs are encouraging residents to plan ahead and take the appropriate measures to ensure you stay safe and healthy as the new year approaches.
With the temperatures forecast to remain low, slips and falls become more likely especially during wet, cold and icy conditions.
Helpful tips to stay safe this winter:
• Spread sand/salt on icy surfaces including walkways, work areas and steps
• Wear sturdy boots/shoes with a good tread that helps to grip the surface
• Consider putting the activity off until conditions improve
• Walk slowly and carefully
• Keep shoes/equipment/steps clean and dry. Take the time to clean off mud, ice and snow before going out.
If you are unlucky enough to take a tumble and suffer a sprain it is not always necessary to visit your GP or your A&E department.
Usually the best course of action for minor sprains and strains is to treat them at home.
Dr James Ogle, a GP in Leicestershire said: “I encourage all residents to prepare in advance for the winter period, as by taking a few precautions you can limit the chances of accidents occurring.
“We understand slips and falls can be inevitable especially when conditions are icy. We are reminding people that a lot of sprains and strains can be treated at home.
“If you are unsure whether you need medical attention, make sure you call NHS 111 who can give you fast and free expert advice on what you should do. Your local pharmacy can also advise you on over the counter remedies to ease pain or swelling.”
For more information on how to stay well this winter, visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/staywell.