NHS England's Thames Valley Area Team is encouraging residents from Berkshire and Oxfordshire to be vigilant and take the following safety measures as the flooding continues in the area:
- Wash your hands thoroughly if you come into contact with flood water as it can become contaminated.
- If you are advised by emergency services to evacuate your property due to flooding, don't forget to take essential medicines and personal health items (such as prescription medicines and inhalers) with you.
- If you are evacuated, be sure to take appropriate warm clothing with you.
NHS staff are working to identify and check on the wellbeing of vulnerable patients in flooded areas in order to make sure they are safe and well.
If you need any health support or advice and it is not an emergency please contact your local GP or ring the NHS 111 service by dialling 111.
Public Health England in partnership with the Environment Agency, has published public guidance that provides additional important health advice and basic precautions information on how to clean up and recover from flooding after the flood waters have receded.