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NHS Highland advises people to 'walk like a penguin' with slippery conditions


By Annabelle Gauntlett

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NHS Highland advise people to 'walk like a penguin' following slippery conditions.
NHS Highland advise people to 'walk like a penguin' following slippery conditions.

As temperatures plummet across the Highlands, the roads and pavements have become incredibly slippery resulting in an increased risk of accidental falls.

Because of this, NHS Highland have encouraged people to 'walk like a penguin'.

To reduce the risk of falling, and to walk like a penguin, you should bend your knees, point your feet slightly outwards, extend your arms to each side, walk flat-footed and take short slow steps while keeping your centre of gravity over your feet.

This advice came after Raigmore Hospital warned people of their current long waiting times in A&E.

An NHS Highland spokesperson said: "We can all do our bit to reduce the pressure on our NHS by seeking the Right Care in the Right Place for our health needs.

"We remain open 24/7 for emergencies, such as a suspected heart attack or stroke, and we always prioritise those patients with the greatest clinical need.

"If you think your need is urgent but not an emergency, NHS 24 is available by calling 111. In many of our remote and rural areas we have doctors and advanced practitioners working out-of-hours who may be able to come to you, saving you a journey to your nearest hospital.

"NHS 24 has guidance and advice on what is available in your area."

If you need urgent care that is not life-threatening, call NHS24 on 111.

NHS 24 will direct you to the most appropriate care, which might be a minor injuries unit, phone or virtual appointment, pharmacy or A&E.


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