Picture caption left to right: Councillor Tom McGee, Executive Councillor (Health), Stockport MBC, Councillor David Acton, Chairman, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Authority, Andrew Webb, Corporate Director (People), Stockport MBC, Watch Manager Steve Bullock, GMFRS, Sister Jan Sinclair, Senior Health Care Public Health Nurse, Dr Donna Sager, Deputy Director of Public Health, People's Directorate, Stockport MBC, Paul Starling, Borough Based Group Manager, Stockport and Tameside
MANCHESTER fire and rescue staff are joining forces with Public Health England (PHE) this winter to help communities stay well and warm through the cold months ahead.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign will see fire and rescue staff across the City Region offering advice to residents on how to stay warm and healthy during Safe and Well Visits.
Staff will also be delivering winter warmth bags to the Greater Manchesterâ€™s most vulnerable elderly residents.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is teaming up with PHE to help ease pressure on the City Regionâ€™s hospitals and GP surgeries.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: â€œYears of prevention work across Greater Manchester has taught us how closely linked fire risk and poor health are.
â€œSafe and Well Visits have put our crew firmly within the public health workforce and itâ€™s only natural for us to support our colleagues in the NHS.
â€œNo one should suffer from the cold over the winter â€“ there are lots of way you can keep warm safely and stay healthy.
â€œFire and rescue staff across Greater Manchester will be on hand to offer advice to our most vulnerable residents this winter, but there are some simple steps you can take to stay safe:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Make sure you get your flu jab.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Keep your home at 18Â°C (65Â°F) or higher if you can.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Visit your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel unwell.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter.
Professor Keith Willett, Medical Director for Acute Care at NHS England added: "The NHS is here to help, but there are important things we can all do to take care of ourselves during the winter months.
â€œIt is vital that the most vulnerable people take preventative steps to keep healthy and stay well. We have a high number of A&E attendances over this time that are due to issues, which could have been avoided had people sought advice at the first sign of illness.
"We are urging people to take practical steps such as to wrap up warm before the temperature dial hits freezing.
â€œResearch shows even at above freezing temperatures, for every one degree centigrade drop below five degrees, there is a resulting increase in older people consulting their GP for breathing problems, as well as an increase in deaths.â€
Further details regarding the Stay Well This Winter campaign can be found at www.nhs.uk/staywell. To book a FREE Safe and Well Visit please visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk or call 0800 555 815.Â