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Keep safe this weekend

Friday, December 14, 2018

As the Met Office warns of freezing rain and ice over the weekend Glasgow and Clyde health chiefs urged everyone to stay safe and if going out to make sure wear sensible footwear and warm clothing..

Hospitals across parts of Scotland experienced a huge surge of patients requiring x-rays and treatment after slips and falls and other ice related injuries after an overnight freeze struck on Tuesday 4th December.

This weekend thousands of revellers are expected to be planning Christmas party nights out and Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Public Health Dr Linda de Caestecker wants anyone going out to stay safe – and not to spend the festive build-up in a plaster-cast!

“Fashion footwear such as high heels isn’t appropriate when pavements and roads are icy – so be smart and wear shoes or boots with good grip… and if going to a stylish party or event take a pair of fashion shoes with you to wear when you arrive.”

Dr de Caestecker added: “Anyone going out to celebrate this weekend should also make sure they dress warmly and think about how much alcohol they are drinking.

“Even if you’re not venturing far, please be careful as you step out the front door as black ice can take us by surprise.”

If anyone does have a trip, slip or fall we have a range of out of hours support available for patients, including our GP Out of Hours service which can be accessed via a call to NHS24 on 111and Glasgow has two dedicated Minor Injury Units - Stobhill and the Victoria.

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