The Met Office has forecast that North East England, North West England, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands have an 80% chance of severe cold weather / icy conditions / heavy snowfall in at least the next 2 to 3 days, the regions east of England and south east England are low enough for at least 2 consecutive days to cause significant health risks and a 70% chance the same will occur in London and a 60% chance the same will occur in the south west of England.
The cold weather schedule defines this as a level 2 warning. See the Winter Weather Service page on the Met Office website for more details.
Severe cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, the very old, or the chronically ill. For advice on how to reduce the risk to yourself or someone you know, visit the NHS Choices website. Alternatively, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or contact your GP or pharmacist.
The purpose of this message for health and social care providers is to call your attention to the advice contained in the cold weather public health plan.
Specific information on measures to be followed by members of the health professions and the managers and employees of residential and nursing homes in extreme cold can be obtained from