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Take care in winter weather - travel safe and avoid slips and falls


During the very cold weather, there is an increased risk of injury from slips or falls in icy conditions. Make sure to take extra care when travelling in this weather, particularly older people and those at risk of falls.


You can help to reduce the risk of injury by taking extra precautions including:

  • Think about the best route to get to and from your destination and plan on taking extra time to get there
  • Be aware of your surroundings - some places will stay icy for longer than others, for example places that do not get the sun
  • Take care of elderly friends and relatives by checking in on them or offering to go to the shops for them
  • Reduce the risk of falls by gritting your path and clearing it of any snow, debris or water
  • Select suitable footwear - flat footwear with rubber soles provides better traction on ice and snow than leather-soled
  • Take short steps to maintain your centre of balance over your feet.

Visit the NHS website for more information on how to #StayWellThisWinter.


If you live in an area that has been affected by snow or ice and are travelling to the RD&E for an appointment or to visit a friend or relative, please only attend if it is safe to do so and if you are confident that you will be able to return home.


If you are not confident that you will be able to return home, particularly if you live in a rural area, please consider postponing your visit to the Hospital until the weather has cleared. We will help you rearrange any cancelled appointment as soon as possible.


Thank you very much for your cooperation during this period.


To keep up to date with the weather forecast and any weather warnings please visit the Met Office website.


Added 31 January 2019

Call 111 when its less than urgent