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Publication date:- 2017-11-11

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Ambulance service warns chronic lung condition complaints will rise as winter sets in

THE North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is urging people with long term lung conditions to take extra precautions to look after their own health this winter. Statistics from the last 12 months show Ambulance crews attended 13,502 cases of people suffering with chronic breathing problems including emphysema and bronchitis, with December 2016 and January 2017 seeing a 21% and 20% increase in numbers compared to the average month.

The Ambulance service expects these numbers to increase this year, particularly in winter when conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long term conditions.

This winter, compared to last, is tipped to be freezing and this, along with the damp weather, forecast ice, snow and high winds, can all aggravate any existing health problems. This can make people with existing health conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) more vulnerable to developing a serious winter illness.

There are lots of ways people can stay healthy throughout winter, and also understand how to use NHS services in the most effective way. Ged Davies, an Advanced Paramedic with an interest in COPD and paramedic lead on respiratory illness says:- "It's a good idea to make sure you have an up to date personalised care plan, if you have 1. A care plan will help you manage your condition better, especially during the cold weather. The flu jab can protect you all winter and it's best to get it before the real cold weather comes. If you are in a risk group or aged over 65 or over, it is really important to get vaccinated. If you notice an increase in sputum, particularly if it is coloured or if you are getting increasingly short of breath, you may consider contacting your GP or COPD Nurse for advice. If your symptoms are getting worse, and you have been prescribed rescue medication, please consider using this as well as contacting a health professional. Only attend the Emergency Department (ED) if you're having significant difficulty breathing and your reliever inhalers are not working. The right NHS services are everywhere; you just need to choose the right 1 for you. ED and your GP aren't your only options when it isn't an emergency. You'll often be seen quicker at other NHS services, so check out NHS Choices for your nearest Pharmacy, Walk In Centre or Minor Injuries Unit. It's better to do this 1st, rather than face a long wait at the ED. Alternatively if it's urgent, but not an emergency and you're not sure what to do, call NHS:- 111."

Lung disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is on the rise in the UK. According to the British Lung Foundation, the UK is among the top 20 countries for COPD mortality worldwide. In Europe, only Denmark and Hungary have higher death rates for COPD, while rates are higher in the United States and New Zealand than in the UK.

For more information of help, visit:- BLF.Org.UK.


Festive Markets Locations Revealed

ESTEEMED event promoters Crafty Vintage have announced plans to hold a trio of Festive Markets across Lancashire. The hugely popular seasonal gatherings will take place at Wyresdale Park nr. Garstang, on the floating village at Brockholes Nature Reserve Nr. Preston and at Holmes Mill in Clitheore.  Established for over 6 years, the winter markets showcase an exclusive mix of exhibitors, a varied lineup of live music, artisan foods and delicious street food. With a line up of handmade delights, gifts and collectables, all of which are locally produced, the markets provide the ideal opportunity to shop local and support independent business in the build up to Christmas.

Owner of Crafty Vintage, Laura Johnson said:- "We cannot wait to welcome people to our festive markets. We know that our makers, creators and collectors have been working around the clock to bring together an amazing array of spectacular seasonal gifts."

Free tickets are available from the website:- CraftyVintage.com.

The Dates and Locations:-

► Wyresdale Park Nr Garstang:- 25 November and 26 November 2017.

► Brockholes Nr Preston:- 2 December and 3 December 2017.

► Holmes Mill Clitheroe:- 10 December 2017.


Man charged in connection to firearms operation in Norris Green

MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives investigating a pre-planned firearms operation in Norris Green, on Wednesday, 9 November 2017, have charged Conor Redrobe with possession of ammunition. Conor Redrobe, aged 21, from Prescot, has been charged with the possession of 2 live bullets, that had been recovered following the stop of a vehicle, on Lower House Lane. He has been conditionally bailed to appear at Liverpool Crown Court, on Tuesday, 5 December 2017. A 21 year old man from Norris Green arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession with intent to supply drugs remains in custody, for further questioning by detectives. Anyone with information can contact the gun crime hotline on:- 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

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