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Weather warning for nursing staff

Nursing staff in the community have been warned that the cold weather can impact upon the conditions of vulnerable patients.

Today the Met Office issued an amber “severe cold weather action” for the following four days, after the coldest night of winter so far.

Under the amber action plan, social care and health service staff are required to target high-risk groups such as the very young and very old, as well as those with chronic diseases.

According to NHS England, “there is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/between 1100 on Sunday and 1200 on Thursday”.

“This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.”

The amber warning - the second level below “national emergency” - is in force until Thursdayfor all of England except the south east and south west.

For these regions, a yellow alert has been issued meaning there is a 70% chance of severe weather conditions.