The illustration to this article shows that Chippy is no stranger to severe weather – but now our local ambulance service has issued severe weather guidance to help people during the current spell of wet and windy weather.
South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) is asking people to use 999 “appropriately” and to take “additional care”.
It says that flood water can be unpredictable, so people should be extra vigilant and not put themselves or others at risk by entering flooded areas.
SCAS is also asking people to look at its ‘Flood Aware’ guidance to find out more about the hidden dangers of flood water, and how to guard against potential injury and infection.
Drivers are also asked to ensure that they are adequately prepared for journeys – and also to “consider whether you really need , and of to travel at all”. Drivers can go to the Highways Agency’s ‘driving in severe weather’ guidance for more information.
Otherwise, SCAS says that if you or someone near you has a non-life threatening injury or illness during this time, to take one of the following measures:
- Call 111 – if you urgently need medical help and it’s not a life threatening situation, or if you simply need advice and are not sure of the correct route.
- Use NHS Direct online – if you need advice about conditions or medications, or need to check your symptoms.
- Consult your local pharmacist – for illnesses such as coughs and colds, diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches and also for travel advice. Your pharmacist can also help you stock up with any first aid items for your home, business or vehicle.
- Contact your GP or Out of Hours GP Service – for infections and persistent symptoms such as ear pain, rashes, fevers, depression and generally feeling unwell.
For up to date information about potential flooding in our local area, see the Environment Agency’s Live Flood Warning Map