NHS advice as hot weather predicted
27 June 2019
With the prediction of hot weather hitting Leeds this weekend, the local NHS has issued guidance to help people make the most of the conditions as well as reducing potential pressure on the health system.
Last year, across the NHS in England, one of the busiest days experienced by A&E departments was during the period of prolonged warm weather. This included people affected by dehydration, heat stroke and being overexposed to the sun when it’s at its strongest.
In an effort to address this, people are being advised to follow Public Health England’s Beat the Heat messages. This includes:
- Drinking plenty of fluid particularly water, aiming for at least two litres and avoiding alcohol, caffeine or hot drinks
- Dressing appropriately and covering up including wearing a hat and sunglasses
- Avoiding the heat as much as possible and limiting going out during the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm)
- Wearing sun screen with a minimum sun protection factor of SP15
- Looking out for vulnerable neighbours including older people and young children especially those who have an underlying health issue such as asthma or heart condition
- Following the weather updates and advice on keeping well
- Finding ways to keep homes cool
- Calling NHS 111 when you fall ill or get injured but it’s not an emergency
- Further advice is available from nhs.uk/heatwave
The NHS in Leeds is encouraging people to make the best use of local health services should anyone need advice and support to stay well. One of the most convenient ways to do this is by popping into a local pharmacy, where people can buy over-the-counter medicines without the need for a prescription.
People can stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts and alerts through the Met Office on its social media channels – Facebook (metoffice) or Twitter (@metoffice) or visiting www.metoffice.gov.uk
For summer health advice visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave or pick up a summer health leaflet from your local GP practice in Leeds.