We hope that people have a great Christmas and happy new year but be aware that over this period A & E departments are deluged with injuries and illnesses which can be avoidable. So here are some tips to help you through the festive period.
Know when your GP surgery and Pharmacist closes and if you are taking medication, ensure you have enough to last over the Christmas and new Year holiday period.
Check medical supplies for elderly and vulnerable relatives or friends.
Avoiding festive injuries
* Cook and store your food properly. Visit NHS UK for more information
* Take care with candles and never leave them unattended
* Be careful with hot dishes, fat and carving knives
* Handle the Christmas tree with care; It can be awkward to lift and those tiny needles can cause eye injuries. Make sure it can’t fall over if knocked by children or pets.
* Use steps and ladders to put up the decorations
* Take care with scissors when opening presents and don’t use them as a screwdriver to construct toys.
* Be vary careful with plants which may be poisonous to humans and animals. Mistletoe is highly toxic, so it is best to use artificial versions.
* Tidy presents and wrappings away to avoid trip hazards.
NHS UK have a web page dedicated to Christmas injury prevention advice;
Exercise Safely in winter
Our outdoor exercise should not stop in winter but it is best to take a bit of extra care.
* Wear bright, reflective clothing if exercising outdoors after dark. Stay in well lit areas and let someone know where you are going or better still, exercise with a friend.
Ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing to keep out rain and cut down wind chill.
* Avoid music – listening to music when running or cycling outdoors means you are not able to hear what is going on around you.
* If pavements are slippery your exercise will wait another day. Injuries can take weeks or even months to heal.
* Asthmatics should ensure they take their medication before exercising and take it with them. Cold air can trigger asthma symptoms.
Exercising with a cold
NHS UK say that a general head cold and stuffy nose should not stop you from exercising if you otherwise feel well.
but DO NOT exercise if:
* You feel generally unwell or tired
* You are not able to breathe comfortably to suit your exercise requirements
* Have a fever – where your temperature is 38°C (100.4°F) or above
* You are taking any medication which makes you drowsy
If you have recently had a cold or have felt unwell, the same rules apply but if you are not sure, always check with your GP before exercising.
To find out more visit NHS UK
If you live in Cumbria and do need emergency or medical help over the festive period, we have compiled a list of numbers/details which you may find useful.