Residents urged to help neighbours as icy spell continues

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WITH temperatures across Eastbourne set to drop below freezing every night over the next few days the local NHS is warning people to keep an eye out for neighbours.

The Met Office has warned that the risk of severe cold weather for the coming week is very high, with temperatures falling down the minus scale, especially at night.

And health experts, mindful of the fact tumbling temperatures can be hazardous for health, particularly in older people, are encouraging locals to keep an eye out for each other.

Dr Gabriel Scally, director of public health for NHS South of England, told the Herald, “It’s important to look out for our neighbours, and make sure they have all they need to help them through the cold spell.

“Check that elderly or more vulnerable people have at least one living room or area that’s warm, that their heating is working properly and that they have food supplies in so they won’t have to venture out.

“Icy pavements are as much of a hazard as icy roads, but they don’t tend to get cleared as quickly.

“The NHS is always busy in winter with slips, trips and more cold-related illnesses.

“It is well prepared this year as it is every year, but a quick check on your neighbours can help take some of the load off our hospitals and doctors.”

Pictured: Snow-covered Devonshire Park (E06015N)