WITH temperatures plummeting this week, health bosses have reminded people to stay warm and safe.
NHS North East says elderly people in particular are at risk of ending up in hospital in frosty weather due to the increased risk of chest infections, heart attacks and strokes, as well as trips and falls on icy surfaces.
Patients with long-term conditions have been advised to make sure they have sufficient supplies of medication to avoid going out for more.
And officials have called for everyone to look out for their vulnerable neighbours, friends and relatives.
Acting Regional Director of Public Health Professor Peter Kelly said: “If you have an elderly parent, relative or neighbour, just by offering to go to the shops for them, or gritting the garden path , you can help them to stay indoors where it is warm and you could also be helping them avoid a trip to A&E.”