Take care of yourself in the coming cold snap

Friday, 16 March 2018

With a Met Office weather warning of snow and ice over the weekend we want you to take care of yourselves and stay well.

There is snow forecast in the Bristol area from tomorrow (Saturday, March 17) with a yellow weather warning of snow and ice currently in place for Sunday.

Temperatures have been predicted to drop to 0C tomorrow morning with snow expected.

On Sunday a more prolonged spell of snow through the morning has been forecast, with the Met Office warning this could lead to travel delays.

In colder weather it is important to take steps to stay well, particularly for people who are older or have pre-existing medical conditions.

Thank you to our staff and volunteers for their efforts in getting to work or helping people make it to work in the snow

This cold spell follows the considerable snow fall in the area two weeks ago, causing disruption to transport and making it difficult for staff and patients to get to our services.

We are so proud of the way our staff and the local community pulled together to ensure people made it to work so they could continue caring for our patients.

We were supported by 150 volunteer 4x4 drivers who gave up their time so that staff who could not make it to work under their own steam and we want to give a huge thank you those who helped us keep our services running.

Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Planning, Simon Wood, said: "With the thick snow on the ground, public transport suspending services and warnings not to drive some of our staff found it difficult to make it to work, but with an army of drivers from around the Trust and in the community volunteering to help out we managed to keep our hospital running.

"Some of our staff braved the snow and freezing temperatures to walk for several hours to make it into work while others arranged to stay overnight - either in the hospital or with colleagues to ensure they were on-site for their shifts. 

"Thank you to everyone for your commitment and support in keeping the hospital running during this severe weather, we could not have done it without the efforts of our staff and volunteers."

 Tips to prepare for colder weather:

• Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
• Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over.
• Stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance (but avoid stockpiling), arrange deliveries or ask a friend to help.
• Take weather into account when planning your activity over the coming days.
• If eligible seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some.
• If you meet the criteria, register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers.
• Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls

• Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby.