As the cold and wintry weather sets in, the NHS in Bedfordshire is reminding residents to keep warm and keep well.
There are around 190 avoidable excess deaths in Bedfordshire every winter due to the cold conditions.
It has been estimated that for every degree change in the average weather temperature there is a rise or fall in the number of deaths by approximately 8,000.
To find out if you are eligible for financial support with your heating, contact the Warm Front scheme free on 0800 316 2805 or Age UK on 0800 169 6565 for help and advice.
For more information about winter health, see www.nhs.uk.