The people of Cumbria have been issued with a health warning due to severely dropping temperatures this week.

An amber cold-health alert has been issued across the whole of the north west from now until midday on Friday, January 12.

The NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) has provided advice for groups of people seen has being the most vulnerable at this time.

Dr Peter Gregory, associate medical director at the ICB, said: "Keeping warm, both indoors and outdoors, is important in winter as this can help prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

"The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can worsen any existing health problems, increase the risk of a fall, and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses.”

The tips included:

- Wearing thin layers of cotton, wool or fleecy fibres if going for a walk

- Wearing shoes with a good grip and scarves around the mouth

- Stay inside unless absolutely necessary

- If possible, keep living room heated all day and ensure the bedroom is warm before going to sleep

- Wear warm clothes at home if not moving around a lot

"It’s always a good idea to prepare for the winter months especially if you’re vulnerable," Dr Gregory added.

"You can do this by stocking up on food essentials such as long-life milk, tins of soup and keeping bread in the freezer."

Many people will be concerned about affording a rise in energy bills, putting their budgets ahead of their health out of necessity.

In these cases, the ICB reminded locals that the councils and government are providing help with the cost of living crisis that should be taken advantage of.

Indoor temperatures should be kept at a minimum of 18 degrees in the rooms regularly used, such as the living room and bedroom.

If feeling unwell, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible.