Keep cool and safe over the next few days!
Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. These include older people, babies and young children, and people with a serious chronic condition, particularly breathing or heart problems – so looking out for other people is important at this time.”
Dr Mark Shenton, a GP in Stowmarket and chairman of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “In terms of advice to stay cool in the high temperatures, mostly it’s a matter of common sense. Listen to your local weather forecast, and plan ahead to reduce the risk of ill health from the heat. Also, keep out of the heat – avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (11a.m. – 3p.m.) and if you must go out, stay in the shade.
“Wear a hat and light, loose fitting clothes, preferably cotton. And if you’ll be outside for some time – think ahead – and take plenty of water with you.
“And don’t forget that sunburn is painful and harmful. Apply a sunscreen of SPF 15+, especially if you have a fair complexion or a parent with children.”
Other tips for staying cool:
A loose, cotton, damp cloth or scarf on the back of the neck, or spraying or splashing your face and the back of your neck with cold water several times a day can help keep you cool
Stay inside, in the coolest rooms in your home, as much as possible
Keep windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside. Open them when the temperature inside rises, and at night for ventilation
Take cool showers or baths
Drink regularly even if you do not feel thirsty – water or fruit juice are best.
Try to avoid alcohol, tea and coffee. They make dehydration worse
Eat as you normally would. Try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water
And please remember –
-If you use an asthma inhaler, don’t leave it in direct sunlight or a place where it could get very hot e.g. a car glove box compartment, as this could prevent it working properly
-Some medicines and antibiotics could make you more sensitive to the sun, so please check the label
-If you feel unwell call NHS 111 for urgent medical help and advice, anytime, 24/7.
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