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Stay well in hot weather

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Sun and grass

Local health bosses are encouraging Redditch and Bromsgrove residents to take extra care as temperatures continue to soar.

Many look forward to getting out and enjoying the hot weather but it’s important to remember that it can also be dangerous and knowing how to keep cool during long periods can help save lives.

As well as looking after ourselves, it’s important to look out for those who may be more vulnerable in warm conditions including, young children, the elderly and those with some long term health conditions.
Here are some top tips to remember in the hot weather, to help you, your friends and your family stay well:
  • Drink lots of water – It is important to keep hydrated as you lose more fluid than you take in during hotter temperatures, this is also vital if you are doing any physical activity and when you are travelling long distances.
  • Keep out of the sun – It is best to try to stay in the shade between the hours of 11am to 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its hottest.
  • Wear sunscreen – Apply a sun cream of at least factor 15 that includes UVA protection.
  • Loose clothing – Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes along with a hat.
  • Call NHS 111 – If you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation call 111 in the first instance for help.

Dr Richard Davies, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The warm weather is a pleasant change but it can cause various health problems, particularly for the elderly, people with respiratory issues, babies and young children and those who are fasting for Ramadan.

“It’s important to be mindful that during hot weather people are more likely to suffer from dehydration which is characterised by lethargy, cramps, dizziness or confusion.

 “Simple advice such as staying in the shade and keeping cool wherever possible, wearing sunscreen and a hat as well as keeping hydrated by taking regular cool soft drinks, and not overdoing the alcohol.”

More information about staying safe and well during hot weather can be found at www.nhs.uk.

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  • Gary Hammersley, Communications Officer on 01905 681978 / 07776 992015 or email Gary.hammersley@nhs.net 
  • Sally Evans, Communications Manager on 01905 681978 / 07423 524211 or email Sally.evans17@nhs.net