Keep a close eye on elderly neighbours

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RESIDENTS with elderly neighbours are being encouraged to keep an eye on them with cold weather forecasted over the next few days.

Louise Goldsmith, the leader of West Sussex County, said cold weather can increase the health risks to vulnerable people by increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, influenza and other diseases.

She said older people, babies and young children and people with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly susceptible.

Councillor Goldsmith added: ‘If you know someone who might need a bit of extra help such as neighbours and elderly relatives and friends please check they are okay.’

The council has issued tips on keeping warm, including having plenty of hot food and drinks and wearing lots of thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleece.